Orzo Pasta Salad

Orza Pasta Salad

How was your 4th of July? Ours was quite as Jay is studying for his surgical boards, which is okay with me! I picked up a new book, The Plant Paradox after listening to a podcast from the One Part Podcast by Jessica Murnane. If you are into podcasts, I highly recommend Jessica’s podcasts because they are so darn good and informative! This episode featured Dr. Steven Gundry and his research with lectins – a type of protein in healthy foods that may not be good for you! This immediately piqued my interest and had to get the book! After reading chapter 1, I realized it’s super important to know where the food you are buying is coming from. How long ago was it picked? How long did it take to get to the grocery store? Have you ever thought about this?  Thanks to Dr. Gundry, he explained it very well, and it sure is an eye-opener.

I was hoping to get this recipe on the blog before the holiday, as this would have been a great refreshing pasta salad to share with family and friends! Anyways, this pasta salad is perfect for any occasion, and it’s a great fulfilling side or meal for these summer days! The seasoned chickpeas add a nice warming bite to the pasta salad, and I highly recommend it! If you aren’t vegan, shrimp would be a great substitute for the chickpeas! I hope you all love it!

Until next time friends, Namaste! ♥

Orzo Pasta Salad

Orzo Pasta Salad

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Orzo Pasta Salad
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Orzo Pasta Salad

This Orzo Pasta Salad is simple to make for a light meal or served as a side to any dish! 

Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 457 kcal
Author Eat. Love. Namaste.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 1 halved red onion diced
  • 1 English cucumber diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • Generous pinch of salt and black pepper plus more to taste

Chickpeas:

  • 1, 15 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • generous pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Generous pinch of salt and black pepper plus more to taste

Instructions

  1. Fill a medium pot with water, add a pinch of salt and a splash of olive oil, and bring the water to a boil. Add the orzo pasta and cook for about 10-minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's cooked al dente. Drain and pour into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the chopped cucumbers, red onion, cherry tomatoes, dill, basil, and a generous pinch of salt and black pepper to the mixing bowl. Toss together to combine.

  3. Wisk the lemon juice, olive oil, and the salt and pepper in a mixing bowl then add to the pasta salad. Toss together to combine and refrigerate for 1-hour to allow the flavors to marinate together.

Make the Chickpeas:

  1. When the pasta salad is cooled, toss the chickpeas with the sweet and smoked paprika, chili powder, and salt, and pepper. 

  2. Over medium-high heat, add the avocado oil and then add the seasoned chickpeas. Stirring the chickpeas occasionally for about 5-10 minutes until golden in color. Remove from heat and add to the pasta salad. Toss together, taste, adjust seasoning as needed, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Orzo Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 457 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 332mg 14%
Potassium 538mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 4g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 23.5%
Vitamin C 25.8%
Calcium 7.9%
Iron 16.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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