This is one of my favorite recipes to make because it’s so versatile! This recipe for vegetarian summer orzo salad is great for a summer potluck dish, an easy vegetarian dinner, or a good packed lunch. This yummy, filling recipe is perfect for just about any occasion!
What is vegetarian summer orzo salad made of?
Summertime is the best time for this vegetarian summer orzo salad, because all the veggies you need are fresh and in-season. You’ll need:
- Dry orzo pasta
- Olive oil
- Mozzarella pearls
- Cherry or grape tomatoes
- Red onion
- Fresh basil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Garlic powder
- Dried oregano
- Black pepper
How do I make this vegetarian orzo salad?
Have you hit up your summer farmers’ market and are ready to take on this recipe? This simple summer orzo salad will quickly become your favorite. Especially when you see how quickly it all comes together!
- Cook the orzo pasta, drain, then transfer to a bowl and toss with olive oil. Set aside to cool.
- Stir together the herbs, vegetables, chickpeas, and cheese.
- Add the cooled orzo and toss to combine.
- Stir together the remaining ingredients to create your dressing.
- Add the dressing to the salad and toss well. Enjoy!
Protip: Oil your orzo!
Tossing the orzo in olive oil keeps the orzo from sticking together in big, unseasoned clumps. Don’t skip this step!
The most versatile summer dish
This recipe is very fresh and light! This is part of what makes it so perfect for so many occasions. You can bring it to summer BBQs, it makes a great side dish, or it can be an entire light lunch. I love it because it’s simple and easy to make, and my family loves it because it’s delicious!
If you love a fresh pasta salad but are tired of your old stand-bys, this recipe is a great option to mix it up and enjoy some fresh, crunchy veggies. Not to mention that this homemade dressing is to die for!
Storing your vegetarian summer orzo salad
This vegetarian summer orzo salad can be stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Make this one night for dinner and then enjoy the leftovers for lunch over the next couple of days!
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