Summer Orzo Salad

Summer Orzo Salad – this is the ultimate pasta salad recipe! It is super simple to make and has tons of amazing flavor! Orzo pasta, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, capers, and black olives tossed in a quick lemony vinaigrette dressing. Can serve cold or at room temperature. This is SO good!! It gets better the longer it sits. Make a ton of food. It is the perfect side dish for cookouts, picnics, and potlucks.

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Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe

This Orzo Salad is one of our favorite pasta salad recipes. SO colorful and super simple to make. Orzo, roasted red peppers, capers, artichoke hearts, and olives tossed in a quick homemade lemon vinaigrette. This makes a ton! It is the perfect side dish when you need to feed a crowd. great recipe for any upcoming cookouts or summer picnics, and potlucks. This is also a great recipe for meal prep. We like to make a batch on Sunday and eat it during the week for lunch and dinner. We served this with some grilled pork tenderloin last week and it was perfect! Whip up this easy pasta salad recipe ASAP! It is sure to be a hit!

What is Orzo?

Orzo is s a thin, oval, rice shaped type of pasta. You can find it in the pasta aisle at grocery stores.

How to Make Summer Orzo Salad

This side dish is super easy to make with only a few basic ingredients. Cook orzo according to package directions for al dente. Drain the pasta and transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Mix in roasted red peppers, capers, artichoke hearts, and black olives. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, and parsley. Pour the lemony dressing over orzo and vegetables. Toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Transfer pasta salad to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh parsley.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Pasta salad will keep 5 to 7 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • What can I add to the pasta salad? You can add anything you enjoy to the pasta. Fresh vegetables and cheese are always delicious.
    • cherry tomatoes
    • fresh herbs
    • red onion
    • fresh basil
    • lemon zest
    • kalamata olives
    • garbanzo beans
    • sweet corn
    • parmesan cheese
    • goat cheese
    • creamy feta cheese
  • Toss in some rotisserie chicken to turn this side dish into a main meal.
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What to Serve with Greek Orzo Salad

This easy side dish is a summertime favorite. It can be served cold or at room temperature. We ate it both ways and it was great either way. It is one of those dishes that gets better as it sits. It has more time for the dressing to soak into the pasta and veggies. Give this pasta salad a try at your next cookout. Everyone will thank you!

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Orzo Salad

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Orzo Salad – orzo, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, capers, black olives tossed in a quick lemon olive oil dressing. Can serve warm or cold. This is SO good!! It gets better the longer it sits. Great for cookouts and tailgates!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-oz) package orzo pasta
  • 1 (12-oz) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1 (3.5-oz) jar capers, drained
  • 1 (14-oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 (2.25-oz) can sliced black olives, drained
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley

Instructions:

  • Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and transfer to large bowl. Mix in roasted red peppers, capers, artichoke hearts, and black olives.
  • Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano and parsley. Pour over orzo and vegetables. Toss to combine.
  • Serve warm or refrigerate for later.

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Comments

  1. Thank you for such a beautiful all-purpose salad. If you were making it to be a cold salad only..would you switch to red pepper, celery, olives and any other crunchy type additions? Any other ideas? Thanks for all your tasty recipes.

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