This light and fresh Orzo Pasta Salad is the perfect main or side dish that’s filled with crunchy fresh veggies and packed with filling orzo pasta.
If you guys haven’t noticed by now, I’m a big fan of salads. Pasta salads were a go-to for my mom feeding 4 kids, so they always bring back nostalgic memories of growing up. They are easy, you can add a ton of veggies to them and change it up each time with whatever you have on hand that week in the fridge. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, salads are awesome for getting in your leafy vegetables, and this Orzo Pasta Salad is PERFECT for a BBQ dish. Not only is it super filling and delicious, it’ll also keep you satisfied all day long.
Orzo pasta is a great option for salads because it’s so small, and it’s one of those things I always keep on hand in the pantry, especially for BBQ season. I like to think of it as rice meets pasta! The small pieces mean it’s super quick to cook. This whole recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. It’s also a great option for baby finger food – Sage loves orzo! If you can’t find orzo pasta you can substitute for another small pasta such as macaroni or shells, and if you’d like a gluten free option you can substitute the pasta for a gluten free version or swap with quinoa.
The beauty of this salad is it is so easy! Start by cooking the orzo and while it cooks you can prep the rest of your veggies. It’s really that simple! The salad dressing I love making for this salad is dairy free and the salad itself is vegetarian, but of course you can pair this salad with some grilled chicken, salmon or tofu for some extra protein.
This orzo pasta salad is also meal prep friendly – just pop it into an airtight container in the fridge and it will store for 3-5 days. That means even if you have leftovers (which I doubt you will!) it won’t go to waste!
What’s your favourite BBQ dish? Let me know in the comments below!