Artichoke, Spinach & Bacon Orzo Salad

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Another salad, hurrah! I was going to share a photo essay of my trip to the Philippines today but my 2500 dollar computer decided it didn’t want to import any more photos. Oh and the ones it did? Turn black when I click on them. They are fine on the screen, but then black when I click them? I want to throw this out the window. Dear Apple, if you are going to make a computer cost as much as a mortgage, do me a faves and give it more than 2GB of disc space. Because the people that buy your computers are artsy fartsy types like me who take 15000 photos for a living. So, THANKS. I just ordered a 1TB hardrive that should hold me over until my next trip though. I kid, but then again, I did take 1500 photos in a week. So, there’s that. Since my gadgets are actin’ a fool, I’ll share a teaser photo to tomorrow’s post (HOPEFULLY).


These boys were playing in the rain for like an hour. It was POURING and they were laughing, jumping off the boat, paddling. I absolutely love this photo because I love the determination in the boys eyes. Looking at this makes me sad that my other photos aren’t uploading right now. So, let’s move onto something that will only make me smile, artichoke, spinach and bacon orzo salad!

Spinach, bacon and orzo salad

Not quite as moody and dramatic as the boys above, but still totally worth sharing. Prior to this salad, I’d never actually had orzo. For those who aren’t sure of what it is, orzo is a type of pasta that is shaped like rice. Tastes like spaghetti, looks like white rice. I know, it’s a little trippy. But when it’s paired with bacon, spinach and artichokes, it’s hard to care. I mean, you add bacon to anything and it becomes 100000x better (sorry babe).


Not only does bacon make everything taste better, it makes everything better in general. I was having a CRAPTASTIC morning (thanks to said issue in the first paragraph) and after looking at this bacon filled salad, I felt less stressed. That, my friends, is why I’m so incredibly in love with food. It can change your entire outlook on life (or just your day) with one joyous bite. This salad, especially, has that power. The crispy, salty bacon, the cheese, the slight lemon zest. The fantastic flavors paired together make for one uplifting side dish.

Speaking of uplifting edibles, I need to go stick my face directly into the coffee pot. This whole jet lag sitch? Serious biz. I’m getting tired of it though. It’s a little hard to work, cook and write when you’re falling asleep every 4 seconds.


Nutritional information per serving (about 1 cup):

Calories: 277 
Fat: 8 grams
Carbohydrates: 34.5 grams
Fiber: 4.2 grams
Protein: 14 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 7

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  1. Thursday, April 25th, 2013
    I can't wait to see more photos from your trip! And this salad - right up my alley!
  2. Thursday, April 25th, 2013
    Gahhh I hope you get that issue figured out. There is nothing worse that computer problems, especially as a blogger. Thanks for sharing this salad recipe though. Sounds aaamazing, especially because of the bacon!
  3. Thursday, April 25th, 2013
    Oh, yum! I love any sort of orzo salad + with the artichoke, bacon + spinach, this is like an Amy's favorite foods salad. APPROVE!
  4. Posted by Liz @ The Lemon Bowl on
    Thursday, April 25th, 2013
    Yes. Just yes.
  5. Thursday, April 25th, 2013
    I can't wait to see more pictures from your trip!!!
    This salad looks amazing. Going to have to go pick up some orzo, so I can make it for lunch tomorrow!
  6. Thursday, April 25th, 2013
    I want to go to the Philippines! But instead i'll just make this salad.
  7. Friday, April 26th, 2013
    I feel for you but then also am sort of happy you had a computer problem because this salad looks like something I just KNOW I would love. Putting the ingredients on a list as I type (OK, shortly after).

    Can't wait to see the photos...have you tried kicking it yet?
  8. Posted by Yvonne @ bitter baker on
    Sunday, April 28th, 2013
    This looks sooo good! I'm so happy I found your blog. Can't wait for your cookbook next year!