Quick Orzo Pasta Salad

orzo pasta salad

Here’s a quick Orzo Pasta Salad with a homemade, light, yogurt vinaigrette dressing. This orzo salad is very refreshing and healthy. The yogurt dressing is a great replacement for cheese that’s often used on salad recipes.

orzo pasta salad

I love using Orzo in many recipes from salad, side dish to soups. Orzo can be served alone and still taste so good! This orzo pasta salad recipe is using simple ingredients. I reduced the amount of calories and fat by eliminating feta cheese.  I used greek yogurt for this dressing recipe to add an extra protein for my diet.  If you need a boost in Vitamin E (for a sunburn or just glowing skin in general) this salad provides a healthy dose of it.

orzo pasta salad
This orzo pasta salad recipe is also perfect for picnic or pot luck. You can make this orzo salad in a big batch and fridge it overnight with or without salad dressing. This is the perfect summer salad recipe, very light and refreshing.  If you have Gluten Intolerance, don’t worry as you can find many Orzo products that are Gluten Free or Wheat Free at local grocery markets or online, such as Amazon.com.

orzo pasta salad

In this orzo pasta salad recipe I also added some black olives. To reduce the amount of sodium of black olives, I washed and quickly dried the olives. I hope you enjoy this orzo recipe, I plan on bring you more in the wintertime!  Orzo has a unique texture that looks closer to rice than other forms of pasta.  I love how the oil, vinegar, lemon juice and tomatoes bring a juiciness that matches so well with this orzo, and I think the yogurt dressing puts it over the edge and amongst my favorite salads.  The basil, nectarine, almonds and pumpkin all bring unique flavors that make it even more memorable.

 

 

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Quick Orzo Pasta Salad
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Posh Journal
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked Orzo see packaging for directions on cooking the Orzo
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh nectarine
  • 1 cup fresh mixed greens (arugula spinach, red lettuce)
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons black olives wash and drain
  • For Yogurt Vinaigrette Salad Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 to 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey or more according to your liking
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • a pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Add more salt, honey and pepper if desired.
  2. Place cooked orzo, tomatoes, chopped basil, nectarine, mixed greens, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds and black olives in a serving bowl.
  3. Pour in the yogurt vinaegratte dressing and stir until well combined.
  4. Serve immediately or fridge until ready to use.

a delicious colorful, fresh and healthy orzo salad with homemade yogurt vinaigrette dressing. Low calories, fresh ingredients, high in vitamin e for healthier skin

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24 Comments

  • Reply Jaime Nicole Aug 30, 2016 at 3:47 am

    This salad looks so fresh! This would be the perfect lunch for a hot summer day.

    • Reply Rika Aug 30, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Absolutely. So light but very filling too!

  • Reply Alli Rutherford Smith Aug 30, 2016 at 3:54 am

    I happen to love orzo and I have some in the pantry. Your salad looks delicious and I love all the fresh ingredients. I’m saving your recipe and I’m looking forward to making this.

    • Reply Rika Aug 30, 2016 at 9:46 am

      I love cooking with Orzo 🙂 especially on soup and salad

  • Reply Mimi Green Aug 30, 2016 at 5:04 am

    This looks really good and I love vinaigrette dressing. I’ve never had orzo, let alone cook with it. Maybe I need to step up my eating game.

  • Reply Making Our Life Matter Aug 30, 2016 at 5:42 am

    I have never has orzo, but I love vinaigrette dressing. This is something I will definitely look into making sometime in the future.

    • Reply Rika Aug 30, 2016 at 9:45 am

      I love Vinaigrette dressing too.. so easy to make, simple and light

  • Reply littlemisscant Aug 30, 2016 at 6:07 am

    I have only had orzo a handful of times but I have never thought to put it in a salad before. This dish looks like it would be really filling too which is perfect for nights when you really only want something light to eat. Pinning this !

    • Reply Rika Aug 30, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Yes… so quick to make, simple dish, light dressing and very filling 🙂

  • Reply Bart & Eena Aug 30, 2016 at 6:55 am

    As a lover of veggie salad, I may say that this really looks soooooo delicious! We will try to make this one soon. 🙂

  • Reply Dee Aug 30, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Now, this is a wonderful looking Salad, I love the freshness of the salad and I like that you can pair it with any veggie.

  • Reply lisa Aug 30, 2016 at 9:47 am

    This looks so good! I really need to try this recipe soon! I love trying new dishes.

  • Reply dana vento Aug 30, 2016 at 9:55 am

    There’s nothing like a good orzo pasta salad especially on all the holidays, it just makes the parties all the more festive. Great recipe creation.

  • Reply franckxethee Aug 30, 2016 at 10:02 am

    This one looks easy and fast to prepare and would make a great meal. It’s also really healthy.

  • Reply jmanandmillerbug Aug 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I have been looking for something like this, I love orzo but I get sick of it just a plain old way. I may make this for dinner tonight.

  • Reply nutrizonia Aug 30, 2016 at 10:53 am

    The salad looks fresh and vibrant , lovely shots

  • Reply Deann Sarmiento Aug 30, 2016 at 11:13 am

    OMG this salad looks really delicious! Thank you for sharing such recipe. Would really love to try this out.

  • Reply Liz Mays Aug 30, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    I really want to make this. It sounds so flavorful! I need to start using orzo in more recipes. I like it a lot!

  • Reply Brandy Aug 30, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    What an easy enough salad to make, I Love pasta … must make this some time for sure. Would love to try a new pasta salad idea 😉

  • Reply Gwendolyn Mulholland Aug 30, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    I like orzo but have never had it in a salad. I like that it adds some more substance to the salad thus making it more of a complete meal.

  • Reply Olivia Douglass Aug 30, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    This looks so delicious and easy to make! Beautiful pictures!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor Aug 31, 2016 at 1:31 am

    This looks like a great quick orzo pasta salad. I would love to try making this but without the dressing and vinegar. Thanks for sharing he recipe.

  • Reply Robin Rue Aug 31, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I am in love with orzo pasta. So many possibilities that you can do with it. This looks delicious!

  • Reply Michele d Aug 31, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Your salad looks mighty tasty. Would love to try this recipe. Looks delicious!

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