Broccoli Rabe & Orzo Salad

Broccoli Rabe & Orzo Salad

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2010

Lemon, oregano and feta add zing to broccoli rabe tossed with whole-wheat orzo.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • ½ cup orzo, preferably whole-wheat
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe (about 1 pound), trimmed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add orzo and cook 3 minutes less than the package directions. Add broccoli rabe; cook 3 minutes more. Drain in a colander and gently press out as much water as possible.
  2. Heat oil in the pot over medium heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add oregano, salt, pepper, the broccoli rabe and orzo. Cook, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in feta and lemon juice.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 191 calories; 10 g fat(2 g sat); 6 g fiber; 20 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 99 mcg folate; 8 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3,028 IU vitamin A; 27 mg vitamin C; 176 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 269 mg sodium; 247 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (61% daily value), Vitamin C (45% dv), Folate (25% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 fat

Reviews 4

January 07, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Easy to Make Well- I probably won't make this again. The broccoli rabe was just too bitter for me. I think if it had been cooked a different way or had more of a sauce on it I would have liked it more! Also- I would have added a little more Orzo to broccoli rabe- but that's just my personal preference! Pros: Easy to Make Cons: Broccoli Rabe too bitter
May 14, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Good side, but not enough for a meal I thought the flavors are great in the recipe, and I like the textures. But there was not very much, this would be 4 side dish sized servings. Also I used a little less oil than called for and it was still fairly oily, you can definitely use less for this recipe. If I make it again I will double the recipe. Also wheat orzo is slightly difficult to find. Pros: flavor, easy, portable Cons: small portion, oily
September 17, 2010
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By: bethfreeman
I really liked this dish, and it's super easy and fast to make. I substituted quinoa twisted pasta for the orzo, and added chopped onion to the saute with the garlic (which added about 3 minutes to the saute time) and used organic feta. Will definitely be a regular, a great way to eat that healthy broccoli.
March 01, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This broccoli rabe dish is fantastic! I made a few changes in order to utilize items I already had on hand as well as cut the calories. I used wild rice in place of the orzo and used light feta cheese in place of the regular. I also eliminated the olive oil completely and used olive oil spray in place of it cutting 240 calories from the recipe! I've made this dish twice since I received my magazine and will definitely be putting it into my "vegetable rotation" on a regular basis!
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