Mediterranean Orzo Salad


What a wonderful recipe for summer entertaining!

Last week, my friends and I organized a barbecue. Just an evening without our husbands, I love that, ahahah! I was so excited to spend time with my friends, everyone had to come with a dish. Our hostess, Erin, made an Orzo Salad for us, It was so so delicious and I loved the flavors.

I decided to make this recipe, I love it, it’s very easy and excellent with fish or chicken.

Do not hesitate to add kalamata olives and pine nuts if you like these ingredients. I didn’t put them in because of my kids. The toasted pine nuts add a nice rich flavor and the kalamata olives, a mediterranean flavor.

My 15 y. old daughter, who is looking for healthy recipes, was so happy to eat this salad.

This is definitely  a great side dish for a cookout, a picnic or simply for a lunch box.

Thanks Erin:)


Makes 8 servings   Preparation time: 35 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 4 cups (1 liter) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 pound (450 g) (16 oz) orzo
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (25 g) (1 oz) butter, softened
  • 2 cups red and yellow teardrop or grape tomatoes, halved (or diced whole tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup (3-4 tablespoons) kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1 7-ounce (about 1 1/2 cups) (6 oz) (170 g) package feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil or parsley
  • 1/2 cup (3 – 4 tablespoons) pine nuts, toasted (optional)

Directions :

  1. Bring broth to boil in large heavy saucepan. Stir in orzo, reduce heat to medium, cover partially, and boil until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain. transfer to large wide bowl, tossing frequently until cool. Add olive oil and butter.
  2. Mix tomatoes and olives into orzo. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.) Serve with feta, pine nuts, and basil in separate bowls so people, can add their own (it prevents the ingredients from getting soggy).

Note : add chopped cucumber if you like with the tomatoes and olives


 “Cette salade méditerranéenne se prépare en un tour de main!”;)

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  1. Your dinner with friends must have been a nice evening. I love orzo salad and yours looks terrific. I find it makes a nice dish to take to an outing as it travels well and everyone loves it.

  2. Eva

    I love as well the lunch with friends without husbands, only girls! This salad is perfect for and love all the ingrédients, so summery !

  3. Great pasta salad Zaza…it sure looks light and somehow refreshing…great side dish for this hot summer.
    Hope you are enjoying your week 🙂

  4. There is nothing like a nice evening with friends, beautiful dish, love orzo. This looks like a great dish to bring to get-togethers too.

  5. Salads are my favorites, now on summer time. Its healthy and tasty!

  6. An orzo pasta salad is so nice to have for a summer barbecue. Sounds like it was a great night with girlfriends – this recipe is a very nice bonus!

  7. Muriel

    This is so good . I am addicted to it. I used less olive oil, skipped the butter and nuts, and cut up plum tomatoes. I served it over cut greens. This is a wonderful recipe and very versatile.

    • zaza-cook

      Thank you, Muriel. So glad you liked it:) Me too, I adore this recipe. Have a wonderful week-end!

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