Orzo salad

There are many types of pasta. One type is orzo, which is imported from Italy. Orzo resembles grains of rice, but it is a starch, not a grain. It tastes very good in a salad.

Plan on using 1/4 cup of raw orzo per person. But, just to make things easy for myself, I cook 1 cup of raw orzo for the two of us. Then, we eat leftovers the following day. It keeps very well in the refrigerator. Just bring it to room temperature, and it will taste better.

Make the orzo salad prior to serving. Serve it at room temperature.

ORZO SALAD (for 4 people)

1 cup raw orzo

3 quarts water

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup sliced black olives

1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

4 tablespoons Italian salad dressing

Bring the water to a rolling boil. Cook the orzo for 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain thoroughly.

Rinse and dry the pot. Place the orzo back into the cool pot.

Add the other ingredients and toss.

Then, transfer the contents to a serving bowl.


I baked some skinless, boneless chicken thighs, which had been dipped in honey barbecue sauce, and topped with panko crumbs. They were in the oven for 40 minutes at 350F.

This is how I plated the meal: Orzo salad, two chicken thighs, and romaine lettuce. Colorful, isn’t it?

This is David, salivating at the delicious meal. Pink carnations from Colombia:

This is our dessert. Lime jello with pineapple chunks:

It was absolutely divine! I enjoyed making this fine dinner, and we both had such a good time eating it.

15 Responses to “Orzo salad”

  1. DavidH Says:

    You are right. That was a great meal. I know you love to cook gourmet meals and I enjoy eating them

  2. Olga Says:


  3. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Your meal looks sooooooooooo delicious, and I’m hungry just looking at it! Have a great week, Valerie

  4. Douglas Morris Says:

    Gigi, it looks & sounds absolutely delicious. I’ve never cooked with this type of pasta before, but I’m adding these ingredients to my Wednesday shopping list. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Geez now I’m even craving lime jello with pineapple chunks :^)

  5. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …something that I’ve never had, but I do enjoy Jello!

  6. Arkansas Patti Says:

    Oooh, thank you. I often get TGIF frozen honey barbecue chicken wings but I throw away the sauce to make crispy wings. However I now will try it on some thighs that I usually bake naked. That looks so much better.

  7. Wisewebwoman Says:

    That orzo salad looks wonderful. I have copied it down and will make it. Thanks!


  8. Christine Says:

    It looks delicious!

  9. DJan Stewart Says:

    They make orzo salad at our local co-op, and I do enjoy it. Your dinner looks perfect!

  10. Elephant's Child Says:

    I do love a pasta salad. No wonder David was salivating.

  11. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    You do make delicious meals! I am really impressed and hungry.

  12. Iris Empereur Says:

    This all looks so yummy!

  13. Douglas Morris Says:

    I forgot to include in my comment yesterday that I liked David’s shirt. He always looks nice!

  14. DeniseinVA Says:

    This is definitely our kind of meal, not only very tasty but so pretty looking, and Gregg would enjoy the lime jello as that particular flavor is his favorite. I agree with Douglas. David looks very nice in his Hawaiian shirt.

    Thank you for coming over and leaving your comments. It’s very true, writing about the meals we cook is a fun thing to do.

  15. DeniseinVA Says:

    I also meant to say how pretty the pink carnations are. My father always grew them in his garden and Mum would often bring them into the house and put them in a vase

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