Minted Orzo Salad with Chickpeas and Feta

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This easy orzo salad is one of my all-time favorite side dishes and it’s also one of my most-requested. It requires such minimal effort, but the results are seriously impressive. The mint and feta surprise you and make each bite interesting. You’ll love the way they pair with the bright lemon vinaigrette. Next time you want a sure-fire win for a potluck, just boil up some orzo, whisk together this simple dressing, and toss the whole thing together with a few other fresh ingredients. You’ll have a salad that tastes great hot or cold! You will be thanked :)

 

Minted Orzo Salad with Chickpeas and Feta

Yield: 8 Servings as a Side

Calories per serving: 340

Fat per serving: 12g

An orzo salad with bright lemon, mint, and feta cheese that's great hot or cold! This one is sure to please a crowd!

Ingredients

    Orzo Salad:
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups dry orzo pasta
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 large celery stalk, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Lemon Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Boil the orzo in the chicken broth until tender. Drain and let cool slightly.
  2. Combine the orzo with the chickpeas, feta, red onion, celery, basil, and mint in a large bowl.
  3. Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a blender and pulse until well combined and emulsified. Pour over the orzo salad and toss to coat. Let stand for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend before serving at room temperature or even chilled.

Notes

Nutrition Information: Calories 340, Fat 12g, Carb 48g, Fiber 4g, Sugars 3g, Protein 11g

http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/2012/06/07/minted-orzo-salad-with-chickpeas-and-feta/

 

Comments

  1. says

    last night i tried to make a simple mix up salad like this one (pearled barley, cucumber, roasted grape tomatoes, basil, kale and a peanut dressing) but something was a little off and it wasn’t my favorite combo. this looks great though – minus feta – but i bet goat cheese would be equally delicious!

  2. says

    you are my new favorite person! high five for your weight loss and double high five for your tasty recipes and travel adventures.

  3. says

    Congratulations on your weight loss, you have inspired me to try harder. which book would you recommend reading first or had the most impact on your journey, the salad looks great but I don’t see serving size or calorie count.

  4. says

    Ohh yum. Mint is such a summer flavor to me. I remember my mom growing it in her garden and I would steal little bits to chew on. I once thought I could live off mint, if I ever needed to run away from home I’d just take a little mint plant with me.

    Hehe good job on this, love the flavor combo.

  5. *Andrea* says

    this looks like one of my favorite side dishes at whole foods’ salad bar. sooo glad i can recreate it now!!

  6. says

    Hey! I’ve just come across your blog from Pinterest. LOVE it! I now have it booked to my favorites and have been reading up for the last 30 minutes. Thanks so much for sharing your weight loss journey, the beautiful pictures, and these amazing photos of food! YUM

  7. Katie says

    I just made this and it was delicious! Perfect for a summer afternoon. Thank you for this great recipe!

  8. Jodie says

    looks great! how many servings is this? I want to serve it for my in law this week and want to know if should double the recipe or not.

  9. Katie says

    I made this on friday and it was DELICIOUS! thank you! I served it to 6 people to go along with our meal, and there was still some left over. YUM, I will definitely make this again this summer.

  10. Lani says

    I NEVER make recipes from blogs, just pin them for fun in the hopes that someday I’ll try them. I made this, and it was OUT of this world. Reminded me of a lot of the age-old Armenian recipes we make with mint. Now I’m brining it to all my family get togethers – thank you!!

  11. Candice says

    I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest and made it for a pot luck today and it got rave reviews! Thank you for the wonderful salad recipe a friend of mine will now be taking it to her next party next weekend!

  12. Angie says

    This recipe was under vegetarian, but has chicken broth in it. Suggestions on a replacement? I’d like to try it cuz it sounds yummy!!!

  13. says

    My new favorite dish! Doubled garbanzo beans, added tons if mint & loved it! Will try with different grains for added fiber/nutrients. Many thanks!

  14. ML Bishop says

    I found your blog and this recipe on Pinterest and I made it last night—LOVE IT! The best salad ever. Thank you so much for a new favorite!

  15. Mademoiselle Gravelle says

    Sure would like caloric info consistently . U have great ideas. It’s not that hard to do but, it may mean the difference in wanting to try recipe…..thanks for all u do!

    • Andie says

      I understand and I thank you. I just added the nutrition info for this recipe above, if that helps for now. As a personal assignment, I’m working on going back and editing older recipes to include the nutrition in nearly all of them.

      I appreciate you being here,

      Andie

  16. Megan says

    I am not a cook at all, but had to bring a dish to a friend’s potluck yesterday. So, I made this one – and it was a HUGE hit! Everyone kept raving about it. I think it’s the dressing that really nails it. So great. Thank you!

    FYI for other readers: I substituted vegetable broth for the chicken, and goat cheese for the feta. Equally delicious.

  17. Tim says

    I just made this. It’s fantastic. Feels a little more like a summer salad but it’s February in Connecticut and I am dreaming of warm sunny days. Thank you for the inspiration, it fits in my diet plan and exercise efforts and it’s delicious !

  18. Debbie says

    Made this over the weekend and it was delicious but what to know the serving size . Is it a cup, 1/2 a cup ?

  19. Carol Hansen says

    Andie!

    Another hit in the Hansen Household! I made the whole batch ( I knew it would be good)so that I could serve some tonight…I am having my bestie’s over for dinner since my husband is out of town:) They are going to love it! Thanks! XOXOXO

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