Pesto Orzo Salad

Orzo, chickpeas, and veggies tossed with pesto sauce for a quick and easy pasta salad that is perfect for any summer gathering!  

Pesto Orzo Salad

Sunday May 8, 2022

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Chickpeas Orzo Parmesan Peas Pesto Sauce Spinach

Pesto Orzo Salad

Pesto Orzo Salad

Orzo, chickpeas, and veggies tossed with pesto sauce for a quick and easy pasta salad that is perfect for any summer gathering!  

Sunday May 8, 2022

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Chickpeas Orzo Parmesan Peas Pesto Sauce Spinach

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Nothing says like summer like pesto, or pasta salad. Combine the two and you have the perfect summer side salad. This salad is so tasty and so easy, you will be making it for every family event!

a small dish of pesto orzo salad

What are the ingredients in this pesto pasta salad?

There are only 6 ingredients needed for this pesto orzo salad:

  • orzo - the main component of this salad, you can substitute with any type of pasta you want but the smaller size of orzo works perfectly to get coated with pesto
  • chickpeas - the perfect bean to mix into the salad
  • baby spinach - cut it into small ribbons so if incorporates well into the salad
  • peas - the perfect summer addition to the salad
  • parmesan - to add to the parmesan flavor in the pesto sauce
  • pesto - I used a jarred sauce, but you can use homemade if you prefer
a top down view of all the ingredients needed for orzo pesto salad

How to make pesto orzo salad?

This salad is as quick and easy as boiling and cooling the pasta, then mixing all the ingredients in a large bowl and serving! It is so easy and quick to make.

ingredients for orzo pesto salad in a large bowl before mixing
ingredients for orzo pesto salad in a large bowl after mixing

What is orzo?

Orzo is a type of small pasta that is shaped like rice. It works great in soups, or salads like this one!

Can I make this salad in advance?

Yes, this salad can absolutely be prepared a day or two in advance. If you opt to make it in advance drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the salad and toss to help the salad loosen up before serving.

What are some other veggies I can add to this salad?

Any summer produce works very well in this salad! You can add tomatoes, green beans, or even chopped arugula would all be delicious additions.

a top down view of a plate of orzo pasta salad

Storage instructions for pesto pasta salad:

This salad keeps well in the fridge for 2-3 days, making it a great option for light summer lunches, or easy potluck dishes!


Pesto Orzo Salad

Pesto Orzo Salad

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By: Natalie Kollee
Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb orzo pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups baby spinach, sliced into ribbons
  • 1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pesto sauce (or more to taste)

Directions

a top down view of all the ingredients before mixing in a large bowl

1. Mix the salad

In a large bowl, combine the orzo, chickpeas, spinach, peas, parmesan, and pesto sauce until everything is mixed and fully coated with pesto. Taste and add more pesto if desired. Serve


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