Amazing Orzo Salad




I’m a huge fan of all kinds of salads. Fresh, healthy, and so delicious! Not to mention so easy to make ahead. Last weekend I had the honor of hosting our favorite little man’s 3’d birthday party in our garden. SO. much. fun! There were big blow up dinosaurs, a table set with dinosaurs wearing party hats, family and presents galore.  This amazing Orzo Salad is a perfect everyday and special day meal.



The birthday boy decided to get the party started by opening his gifts first…but then who can say no to that – with a three year old little boy with the sweetest smile in the universe?






Since our weather can’t decide if it’s still summer or fall, I opted for my “go to” Orzo Salad, my favorite Chicken Marbella, and a huge tossed salad with my Champagne Mustard Dressing.



This orzo salad is so delicious, and so easy to make. All you have to do is cook the orzo, sauté fresh asparagus, cut tomatoes, squeeze some lemon juice and mix up the vinaigrette and you are done!






Delicious Orzo Salad

12 – 16 oz. orzo
1 bunch fresh asparagus, cut into small pieces {1″ or so}
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved, or larger tomatoes cut up
1 lemon, zested and juiced
4 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced {I add more garlic about 3-4 cloves}
2 Tbs. fresh parsley, minced
Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese




1. Bring a large pot of water to boil, and add a little salt.  Add the orzo, and cook per package instructions.  When tender, drain and place in a large bowl.

2. Heat some olive oil in a pan, add cut asparagus stalks and cook til just tender, not soggy.

3. Cut tomatoes, and add asparagus and tomatoes to the orzo.

4. In another bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Stir this dressing into orzo and vegetables, add parsley and stir.

5. Right before serving, add plenty of grated Parmigiano Reggiano and mix in, top with some of the cheese. {I use the kind Trader Joe’s sells that has large shavings}

Amazing! You can serve this cold, I love it most at room temperature. Great as a side salad, you could add some chicken and call it a meal.


Always a hit, this will become one of your favorites.





Sometimes I use those smaller tomatoes “on the vine” because they are just so delicious when they are in season. You just cut them into small pieces. Fresh lemons and garlic cloves make this dressing divine!





Your family will love this recipe. Your friends will love this recipe. YOU will love this recipe! Add a cup of soup, and it’s a perfect dinner.






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9 thoughts on “Amazing Orzo Salad”

    1. Shirley, you will love this salad. I hope you try it, let me know if you liked it as much as we do.

  1. I’m loving this salad already. Pinning away!

    Happy Birthday to your grandson. The party sounds like it was a grand success! 🙂

    Jane x

    1. Thank you Jane! It was a fun party, and this salad, together with the other parts of the menu, made it so that I could enjoy every minute. Let me know how you like the salad!


    I just love your blogs. French country is my basic style, with a lot of ecletic other pieces. I have shared your site with other friends to enjoy also.

    1. Thank you so much, Jan. I so appreciate your kind comment! Like you, my style is mostly French country, with a few other styles thrown in for fun!

  3. Karen Stamberg

    Looks delicious cannot wait to try,love the chair decor in the kitchen.Please show us more designs

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