Cucumber tomato orzo pasta salad. Fresh veggies, orzo pasta, and a made from scratch vinaigrette dressing. Make it a side dish or make it a meal.
With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner it’s time to get your list of seasonal go-to recipes in order. This cucumber tomato orzo pasta salad is the perfect place to start.
It’s got crunchy cucumber, juicy cherry tomatoes, and tender orzo pasta. Combine it all together with a tangy, dill and celery seed vinaigrette for a simple but versatile dish.
In the time it takes to boil water and cook the pasta you can chop the cucumber and tomatoes, and whip up the vinaigrette. It’s homemade made easy.
Minimizing the Mess
I firmly believe that an easy recipe should dirty as few dishes as possible. With this recipe that means you shouldn’t use a separate bowl to make the vinaigrette.
Simply start with the medium to large sized mixing bowl that you would use to combine the dressing, veggies, and pasta together at the end. Mix the dressing in the bottom of the bowl, then add the orzo and veggies right on top.
Tips for Making Orzo Pasta Salad
Orzo is a small, oblong shaped pasta. Boil it according to the package directions. A word of warning: if the orzo sits too long after you drain it, it may become clumpy and gummy, which is not what we want in pasta salad.
In order to avoid this, mix the vinaigrette as soon you start boiling the pasta. Once the pasta is done you can go ahead and toss the pasta with the vinaigrette, even if you still have to finishing chopping the veggies.
For the veggies, aim to dice them in similar sizes. If you want to just cut the cherry tomatoes in half, make your cucumber bites larger, and if you have the patience to quarter your cherry tomatoes make the cucumber bites smaller.
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Cucumber Tomato Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe
Cucumber tomato orzo pasta salad. Made with fresh cucumber and tomatoes, orzo pasta, and a homemade from scratch vinaigrette dressing. Perfect for your next BBQ or potluck get together with family and friends.
Try it with this Lemon Dill Salmon and Asparagus for an easy weeknight dinner or top it with sauteed shrimp for a simple cold lunch at work. Looking for more tasty side dishes? Check out this Veggie Couscous Salad, these Screaming Skillet Green Beans, or see all my side dish recipes.
- 4 ounces orzo pasta, 2/3 cup
- 3 ounces cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup whole
- 4 ounces cucumber, about 1/2 a medium cucumber
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1/4 tsp celery seed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/8 tsp ground black pepper
- Cook orzo according to the directions on the package.
- Measure all the vinaigrette ingredients into a medium to large sized mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
- Slice cherry tomatoes into quarters. Add to vinaigrette.
- Peel and dice cucumber. Add to the vinaigrette.
- Once cooked and drained, add the orzo pasta to the vinaigrette.
- Stir to combine and coat all ingredients with the dressing.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 312mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g
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