This healthy and hearty orzo salad is loaded with mediterranean flavors like sun-dried tomatoes, olives and feta. It’s a total crowd-pleaser that you’ll want to bring to every summer cookout and potluck.
Oh my goodness, I’ve found the perfect side salad for summer cookouts, barbecues or backyard dinners. It’s a hearty, healthy mediterranean salad with orzo, cannellini beans, olives, feta and sun-dried tomatoes. I love the fact that it’s super flavorful and delicious, but also loaded with nutrient-rich toppings.
Most pasta salads aren’t the healthiest, but this salad actually does a good job of packing a ton of nutrition into one dish! I also like that it pairs well with just about any protein. I personally love serving it with grilled apple cider vinegar chicken. I think the flavors go really well together.
What is Orzo?
Orzo looks kind of like rice, but it’s actually pasta! It is made from wheat so steer clear if you have a gluten intolerance or allergy. You can cook it like rice (where the orzo absorbs the liquid) or more like a pasta where you boil the orzo and drain the extra liquid after cooking. It can be eaten hot or cold and is a super versatile ingredient!
How to Cook Orzo
In researching for this post, I learned there are a bunch of different ways to cook orzo!
Pasta method: Similarly to how you would cook any other pasta, you can add orzo to boiling water, boil for about 10 minutes until the orzo is done to your liking and then drain the excess water. This is the method most orzo packages will suggest and it’s the method we’re using for…