Orzo salad recipe to feed a party

orzo salad with sun-dried tomatoes

If I was to choose one orzo salad recipe, this would be it! This orzo salad wins hearts and pleases senses. Delicious combination of herbs, mustard and lemon, combined in a fragrant dressing, makes it a party favorite and a lunch box special. Filling and satisfying, it can serve as a meal replacement for energetic people and folks aiming to gain weight.


Orzo Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes , Herbs and Arugula

Pasta is not a super healthy food, unless you get whole-wheat orzo. But look at it as means to deliver all that parsley, oregano, onion and greens into your body! Would you eat a lot of arugula otherwise? No? How many lunch recipes do you know that do not require harmful microwaving? Not that many? Want easy bullet-proof recipe to please the crowd? Then what are you waiting for? Choose either vegan or vegetarian option, roll up your sleeves and start making orzo salad!

orzo salad with sun-dried tomatoes

  • 2 cups cooked orzo pasta (1.5 cups dry), preferably whole-wheat
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or oil from the sun-dried tomatoes
  • arugula or spring mix lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • (vegetarian option)1 cup feta, in small cubes Dressing:
  • 3 tbsps. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsps. grainy brown mustard
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill or 1/4 tsp. dried dill
  • 2 tsp. fresh oregano or 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • salt and pepper

Tasty variations could be created by adding cubed radishes, cucumbers or tomatoes.

  1. Boil orzo and drain it; wash it under the cold water
  2. Mix oil, lemon juice, mustard,salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in chopped oregano, green onion, and dill.
  4. Add pasta. Toss to coat.
  5. Stir in parsley, tomatoes, and feta if you use it. Feta makes the salad quite heavy in calories, so if you are looking for lighter option, skip or reduce feta and pine nuts, and add more vegetables.
  6. Chill. When ready to serve sprinkle with pine nuts. Tuck greens around the edge of bowl or cut them and mix with the salad.

Serves 4.


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