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Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

In less than 30 minutes, I can put together this hearty salad of pasta, white beans and veggies – and it’s good for a crowd. — Mya Zeronis, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time : 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta (about 1 pound)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, finely chopped
  • 2 cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups pitted Greek olives (about 6 ounces), chopped
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain orzo; rinse with cold water.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Stir in orzo. Refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
1-3/4 cups: 411 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 740mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 13g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • jkcoach98
    Jul 9, 2020

    This is a nice summer dish. Easy to make and very tasty. I needed to add some italian dressing to it, as my family thought it was a bit on the dry side.

  • NHogue738
    May 2, 2017

    Very good!

  • aug2295
    Jun 7, 2014

    I left out the beans. This was awesome as a side, delicious, fresh tasting and really easy to put together.

  • C-Ro
    May 27, 2014

    Loved the crunchy texture of this salad. Tasted great too! I'd definitely make this again.

  • CatMurphy
    May 23, 2014

    Great flavored salad. It tasted even better the next day.

  • toolbarsco
    Apr 23, 2014

    This salad was a big hit with everyone. The lemony dressing and crispy veggies make it colorful, light and tasty. My grocery store did not have whole wheat orzo so I just used the regular stuff. I followed the recipe and prepared 2 1/2 cups of uncooked pasta but it was way too much. I saved part of it to use in another recipe. Is it possible that the orzo should be 2 1/2 cups of cooked orzo?