Orzo Pasta Salad

This orzo pasta salad is filled with fresh veggies and has a fresh lemon taste.  Perfect for your next potluck! 

Orzo Salad

Hey everyone! Chelsea back from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. Today I’ve got an easy pasta salad with NO MAYO! Don’t get me wrong, I love pasta salads with a rich mayo dressing, but sometimes they aren’t the best if you have to transport them or have them outside during a hot day.

This pasta salad is perfect for hot summer days because it won’t go bad if it sits out for a little. It is best chilled, but it won’t get bad quickly either!

This salad is packed with veggies and has a fresh taste from the lemon. You can easily switch up the veggies to what you like best. Pretty much anything goes in this one! 🙂

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4.8 from 4 reviews
Orzo Pasta Salad
Serves: 4-6 as a side
  • ¾ cup uncooked orzo
  • ¼ teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ cup corn
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup cubed mozzarella
  • ⅓ cup ribboned basil
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain and place in a large bowl.
  3. While orzo cooks, combine lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, oil, salt, garlic, and honey. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Toss the corn, chopped red pepper, & chopped zucchini with olive oil and salt and pepper on a tray.
  5. Cook for 20-25 minutes, flipping every 7-8 minutes in the preheated oven. (Cook until crisp tender)
  6. Remove and allow to cool.
  7. Toss completely cooled vegetables, completely cooled pasta, cubed mozzarella, and ribboned basil with the dressing and chill in the fridge until ready to enjoy.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste!
  9. Enjoy!

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Chelsea Lords

Chelsea is the blogger behind Chelsea’s Messy Apron. She is always experimenting in the kitchen and making new things to eat. “Or I am in the kitchen eating. Both are good.” She tries to eat a balanced diet of healthful foods, but she loves desserts. You will find most of her recipes are healthy and easy, but still taste great! She has found that eating is all about balance and she hopes that that is the case on her site!

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  1. I love orzo pasta salad and so I will be trying this one girl. AND I so want that fork!
    Scheduled to share on Fb, pinned and yummed. xo San

  2. Made this several times for parties and it’s always a hit! Super fresh! I’ve added chicken to it before also.

  3. Very good, even without the mozzarella (I can’t do dairy) my son and husband enjoyed it too. This one will be on the rotation.

  4. I’m making this now. I noticed that the dressing recipes says combine zest, juice, olive oil, OIL, salt, garlic and honey. But i don’t see any other oil in recipe. Is that a typo?

  5. With regard to the orzo salad, how much olive oil goes into the dressing and how much is used to toss the veggies?

  6. I have brought this pasta salad to a couple BBQs and it’s a hit. I usually double the amount of veggies- but don’t change anything else. I almost lost this recipe but so glad I found it and saved it!!

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