Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad Recipe

This Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad Recipe will soon become a favorite. This dish is packed with so much flavor and satisfying as a main dish or side salad. And it’s perfect choice for a Meatless Monday or to pack along for lunch any day of the week.

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Confession time. I have a tendency to be a pasta-holic. If I’m honest, I would have no qualms with eating pasta for each and every meal. Of course, I don’t do that. Of course not. That would just be crazy, wouldn’t it?

It doesn’t help at all that pasta is so easy to make. The ease and versatility of pasta makes it a regular go-to for when rushed for a last minute meal or as a dependable dish to prepare ahead for any kind of entertaining. For me it’s the perfect comfort food. Comforting when I’m rushed and hungry and comforting when I need to prepare food ahead of time.

When my friend, Denise, shared this Roasted Vegetable Orzo Pasta with me, I was surprised with how much flavor was packed in such a simple dish. So a couple of weeks back when she said she was making a batch, I jumped at the chance to invite myself to assist so I could learn a new recipe.

This recipe is so easy. All that is needed is some simple chopping, tossing, and roasting, then some more tossing, and you’re done. That’s it. Except for the eating part.

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While this Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad can be served as a side dish, it really can stand alone as a main course too, especially for a Meatless Monday. The meat won’t be missed at all. Also, this salad is just as delicious served cold. It only gets better after it is allowed to mingle together in the fridge for a while. Make a big batch Sunday night and enjoy it throughout the week! I’ve already done that a couple of times since discovering this super tasty orzo salad.

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I think you’ll find this orzo salad perfect for a picnic, cookout, dinner party or an easy packable lunch. It’s easy to prepare ahead of time, a great compliment to so many entrees, and so easy to make. What’s not to love? Enjoy!

Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad Recipe
 
Adapted from Ina Garten.
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Ingredients
  • 1 purple onion, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small-medium eggplant, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ pound orzo pasta, cooked according to package directions, drained
  • 4 green onions, minced
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 12-15 fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • ½ pound feta, crumbled (optional)
For dressing:
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Toss onion, peppers, eggplant and garlic with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast on large baking sheet for about 30-45 minutes until browned. Turn once or twice during roasting.
  3. While vegetables are roasting combine dressing ingredients until smooth.
  4. In a large bowl, add roasted vegetables, and dressing to drained orzo; toss until combined well. Let cool slightly.
  5. Add green onions, pine nuts, basil and feta (optional) and lightly toss. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve right away at room temperature, or cover, refrigerate and serve cold.

Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad Recipe shewearsmanyhats.com Originally posted July 28, 2011. Updated June 18, 2015.

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Comments

  1. 2

    Fuji Mama says

    Orzo is seriously underused! It’s one of my favorites. Plus, adding roasted veggies, pine nuts, and feta to anything, automatically take things to a whole new level of favorite on my food scale! This looks amazing!!

  2. 5

    Wenderly says

    THAT has my name all over it! Wenderly…Wenderly…Wenderly… (see?) I want some.

  3. 7

    Denise says

    Confession…I have eaten this for three meals in one day….and it was REALLY good all three times!

  4. 8

    says

    I hardly ever cook with Orzo and I don’t know why because I love it! This looks fantastic.
    I’m a big fan of pasta too.

  5. 9

    Mrs C says

    Oh my goodness….yum! This has all of my favorites in it and it’s perfect for summer. Flagging to my recipe list! As an amazing cook, what do you think of my bacon-blue cheese sliders!?!

    http://www.MrsCapretta.com
    Recipes Fashion Marriage

  6. 12

    Aggie says

    This is my kind of pasta. I’m with you, I can eat pasta in any shape or form at pretty much any meal. Looks delicious Amy!

  7. 16

    Jeanette says

    I love roasted vegetables and in this orzo salad, just beautiful. Reminds me of a similar orzo salad my friend made at a recent BBQ.

  8. 17

    foodwanderings says

    Love orzi with sauteed mushrooms and onions. simply salted and balck peppered. Amzinf even cold. This dish looks so good!

  9. 22

    says

    So glad to know that there is not just me who is a pasta holic! I made orzo the other day and was planning to post but was hungry to wait. This looks so colorful and delicious.

  10. 25

    Angie @ Bigbearswife says

    What a great looking dish! Makes me want to go out and buy some Orzo right now!

  11. 26

    cookingwithelise says

    Oh my goodness, I wanted to grab that bowl of orzo right through computer! Am definitely making this recipes! Thank you!

  12. 28

    says

    Orzo is one of my favorite pastas, and it’s a big treat when I make it, as I don’t serve pasta very much. I have a couple summer orzo salads I like to make, but this one looks especially yummy with all those roasted veggies. I am going to try this – thanks!

  13. 29

    says

    I adore orzo pasta salads, and I am salivating at the thought of adding roasted vegetables to the mix. Gorgeous recipe..

  14. 30

    Georgia Pellegrini says

    This looks so tasty. I have some peppas and tomatoes popping up in the garden that I can roast for this : )

  15. 31

    says

    Love orzo; it’s been a favorite since a local pasta shop starting selling it at a Saturday farmer’s market. So many great flavor varieties; all would be great with the flavors you’ve used here.

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    Tina says

    I made this tonight, and it was really good! I will skip the eggplant next time…it just shrivled up during roasting and all was left was the purple shell that got really hard. I’m also going to cut back on the oil, that’s quite a bit! Thanks for the recipe that can easily be adapted to ones likes!!
    Tina

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    Claire says

    Made this last night, very easy, and indeed tastes even better cold the next day! Can’t mess this recipe up. Definitely include the feta. Basil leaves start off as an intense flavor initially, but get toned down the longer it sits.

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