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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*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 332mg14%
Potassium 538mg15%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 1175IU24%
Vitamin C 21.3mg26%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.