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Farmers Market Orzo Salad

Orzo is a tiny pasta shaped like rice. We use it as a base for veggies, lemony vinaigrette and cheeses such as mozzarella, feta or smoked Gouda. —Heather Dezzutto, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Grill: 10 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) orzo pasta
  • 2 small yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 1 medium red onion, quartered
  • 8 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 ounces smoked mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted


  • Cook orzo according to package directions; drain. Brush yellow squash, zucchini and onion with 2 tablespoons oil; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Grill vegetables, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 10-12 minutes or until lightly charred and tender, turning once. Cool slightly. Cut into 1-in. pieces.
  • In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice and remaining oil until blended. In a large bowl, combine orzo, grilled vegetables, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and remaining salt and pepper. Add dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle with pine nuts.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 291 calories, 27g fat (7g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 274mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • NoodleNel
    May 15, 2020

    We really enjoyed this dish. I sauteed the vegetables on the stove instead of grilling them.but still really good.

  • Bobi0829
    Aug 17, 2019

    Fantastic recipe. Slow grill the veggies so they do not get mushie. You can add a variety of items to this recipe, marinated artichokes, grill chicken, etc.......very good!!

  • Wendy
    Jul 10, 2019

    Just made this with warmed up leftover roasted veggies! Delicious and filling. I don't often cook with orzo and I don't know why not. It is easy and delicious. I'm definitely adding this to my Summer menu. Absolutely delicious. I was just thinking if I have leftovers, I might make a chicken broth based soup out of it.