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Cold lemon orzo pasta salad with feta, served in a bowl

Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad


  • Author: Richa
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Super zippy and summery lemon orzo pasta salad is vegetarian, and bursting with summer produce. Tossed with corn, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, spinach, feta and a light but delicious lemon salad dressing, this salad is perfect to make ahead and serve cold.


Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 3/4 cup dry Orzo Pasta
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh Corn Kernels
  • 1 cup Broccoli Florets
  • 2 cups Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 cup fresh Lettuce or baby Spinach
  • Feta for topping (optional)

For the Salad Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 teaspoon Vegan Mayonnaise (or regular mayonnaise)
  • 2 tablespoons Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika or Chilli Powder
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced or grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  1. Pasta: Cook the pasta in salted water according to package directions till al dente. Drain, wash with cold water to cool the pasta and set aside.
  2. Prepare Veggies: Heat olive oil in a pan and roast the corn kernels on high heat till slightly charred. Remove the corn, and add the broccoli to the pan. Cook the broccoli for 2-3 minutes till slightly soft, but still crunchy.
  3. Combine: Add cooked pasta, corn, broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce and feta (if using) to a large bowl. Whisk together all the ingredients for the salad dressing in another jar or bowl, and pour all over the salad. Mix well and refrigerate for a few hours before serving.

Notes

  • Feel free to add grilled chicken or shrimp to the salad if you want more protein
  • I used a soy based vegan mayonnaise, but regular mayonnaise works really well too
  • You can substitute feta with goats cheese, or even avocado if you want to omit dairy but still want to add some healthy fat