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!


Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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.
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19 Comments

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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
    Mary

  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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