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Orzo Pasta Salad

Orzo Pasta Salad

  • Author: Tracey Gene
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes + 1 hour to refrigerate
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 85 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


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


  • 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)


  • 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


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


  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, occasionally stirring, 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, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl, and 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, 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.
  • Category: Sides
  • Cuisine: New American-Inspired

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