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Orzo Pasta Salad w/Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

Delicious warm or cold
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 310 kcal
Author Deborah Chapman


  • 2/3 cup orzo pasta follow instruction on the box
  • 1 cucumber peeled chopped I used the one with the seeds
  • 8 -10 Marzani mini tomatos quartered or grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp basil leaves chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley flat leaves
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese room temperatured

Lemon vinagrette dressing

  • 2-3 tbsp organic lemon juice fresh lemon juice only
  • 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar Braggs
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2-3 tsp honey I used 3
  • 2-3 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove chopped

Recipe Notes

  • In a medium pot of water bring to a boil make sure to salt the water then add the orzo pasta and boil according to the package.
  • Peel the cucumber and chop and set aside in a medium bowl, then chop the Marzani tomatoes they are so sweet and perfect for this dish they are rather long so you can chop them long way and get about five nice bite size pieces, then add to the bowl. Chop the remainder of the ingredients and add to the bowl and set aside.
  • For the lemon vinaigrette add all the ingredients in a mason jar and shake until it is emulsified. It's as simple as that and taste.
  • Once the orzo is done drain off the water and add to a large bowl and add the salad and stir in the goat cheese while hot then add about 1/4  cup of the vinaigrette and stir.

*This dish taste good warm, room temperature and cold.  Save your vinaigrette dressing to add more to the dish or to use on bake chicken or another salad.


Nutrition Facts
Orzo Pasta Salad w/Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 975mg42%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 294IU6%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.