Herb Vegetable Orzo Salad
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 25 min.
- 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
- 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
- 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
- 1/2 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup pitted Greek olives, halved
- 1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
- 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 4 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a large serving bowl; add the corn, red pepper, tomatoes, olives, onion, basil and parsley.
- In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; shake well. Pour over salad and toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts3/4 cup: 192 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 157mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.
Jul 2, 2020
I've been making this for years. Love to add extra to make it a complete meal...feta or goat cheese, blanched asparagus, avocado, chilled shrimp. I also use fig balsamic vinegar for a little extra flavor. Yum!!
Jan 15, 2020
I omitted the olives and used fresh corn, absolutely delicious! So easy to change up with whatever you have on hand.
Aug 27, 2016
I agree with others that this is VERY fresh tasting. I only made a few minor changes: cut the recipe in half for just my husband and I (and there were SOOO many leftovers still), cut the cherry tomatoes in half, used sliced black olives out of the can (because I already had them leftover in the fridge), and used dry basil and parsley. I also added a bit of garlic powder. I do think this is good, but I wanted just a slightly stronger taste of balsamic. Just slightly. I also think there could be a bit more salt (next time I may try garlic salt). Overall, a great summertime salad that I'll make again with a few modifications.
Jul 1, 2013
Good recipe, but I think it lacked a little flavor. I subbed 1/2 tsp. of lemon pepper for the salt and pepper in the recipe. It wasn't enough, especially after chilling, so I added about half a tsp. more and shook in a little more salt. I used Greek Kalamata olives because they have a stronger flavor than the regular black olives in the can, white balsamic vinegar, and chopped red onion. The fresh basil gave it a nice fresh flavor. Maybe I'll add some fresh oregano next time since I grow it in my garden too. My husband liked this recipe and it was very welcome on a 100+ degree day.
Oct 21, 2012
Love this! I've made it several times.
Jul 2, 2012
Awesome. Wouldn't change a thing.
Jan 17, 2012
Delish-it's a great side dish and a lovely cool main dish in hot weather.
Jan 17, 2011
This salad is delicious for the summer! I omit olives and use about 3 times the tomatoes called for. The salad comes out wonderful every time and is a great way to use up a bunch of tomatoes.
Sep 16, 2010
Great summer time salad. Light and refreshing. The dressing added a great flavor. wouldn't change a thing, make just as directed.
Aug 4, 2010
I make this salad all summer long & it is a hit at every picnic.Light & refreshing. Everyone asks for the recipe. Delishous! Thanks Taste Of Home!