Summer Orzo Salad

This past weekend, we celebrated my mom’s birthday by having a delicious BBQ. We grilled some Jamaican jerk-rubbed chicken and some Old Bay-seasoned shrimp. I also made this Summer Orzo Salad as a delicious side. I put a little bit of everything in this salad including some oranges. The oranges not only added a beautiful color to the salad, but they also added a fresh citrus flavor that complemented the fresh lime juice well. This salad is the perfect summer salad and you can add whatever ingredients you want to it. I love using orzo as well because even though the box looks small, it makes a ton of pasta. Enjoy!


  • 1 box orzo
  • 1/2 red onion, minced
  • 2 oranges, peeled, divided into segments, and chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper for seasoning


  1. In a large stock pot, bring water to a boil and cook orzo until al dente, about 9 minutes. Drain orzo and allow to cool while preparing vegetables.
  2. Place red onion, oranges, pepper, and avocado in a large bowl and combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, lime juice, and cumin and pour over salad. Mix to combine.
  4. Sprinkle cilantro over salad and season with salt and pepper to taste.


Filed under Pasta, Side Dishes

19 responses to “Summer Orzo Salad

  1. Yummy! Very healthy and colorful salad. Definitely a nice match with BBQ. I really love orange in this salad. Great idea!

  2. Mom Kenyon

    This was an amazing favorful salad. It was a wonderful side dish for the chicken and shrimp. I was really glad that I could spend my birthday with my beautiful family. Everything was wonderful!! Thank you for making it so special. Love you!!

  3. I love these flavors, so refreshing and good for you

  4. I have a box of orzo and didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. Now I do. : ) I love this refreshing salad. Great Job. : )

  5. Wow this looks delicious Kara!

  6. I had a bag of orzo in my pantry for almost a year now…I think I now how to use it up πŸ™‚ This looks so yummy!

  7. Avocado with Orzo – I am sold! This looks like a great summer side dish! Bright and yummy!

  8. I love light, summer salads like this one and am always on the lookout for new creative recipes πŸ™‚ This is definitely one of them! Thank you!

  9. I do enjoy a bit of everything, looks so good!

  10. A lot of yummy goodness in this salad… it looks beautiful!

  11. So bright and gorgeous! Perfect salad πŸ™‚

  12. I love all the colors and contrasts, so beautiful and delicious!!

  13. Jazz Rules

    I love orzo salad! You forgot the olives and feta cheese!

  14. I love this combination of flavors. I love cilantro and cumin and with the avocados..mmm…..I think I am on the way to the grocery store now.

  15. This looks like a delicious and refreshing summer salad! Perfect for picnics!

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