This Italian orzo pasta salad can be made ahead up to three days in advance and keeps well, making it a great option for lunchboxes, picnics and travel. Add 2 Tbsp. chopped kalamata olives for a little tang or sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. crumbled feta for a creamier dish.

Italian Orzo Pasta Salad

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    Servings 4 Prep Time 5minutes
    Cook Time 10minutes
    Servings 4 Prep Time 5minutes
    Cook Time 10minutes
    This Italian orzo pasta salad can be made ahead up to three days in advance and keeps well, making it a great option for lunchboxes, picnics and travel. Add 2 Tbsp. chopped kalamata olives for a little tang or sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. crumbled feta for a creamier dish.

    Katie's Tip

    Katie's Tip

    Katie's Tip

    Katie's Tip

    Katie's Tip

    Cherry tomatoes are filled with antioxidants, such as lycopene and beta-carotene, which are linked to reducing the risk of certain types of cancers.
    Katie is the Official Registered Dietitian of Produce for Kids, mom of three and author of MomtoMomNutrition.com
    Cherry tomatoes are filled with antioxidants, such as lycopene and beta-carotene, which are linked to reducing the risk of certain types of cancers.
    Katie is the Official Registered Dietitian of Produce for Kids, mom of three and author of MomtoMomNutrition.com
    Ingredients
    • 3/4 cup orzo
    • 3/4 cup chopped broccoli florets, chopped
    • 3/4 cup halved yellow and red cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 2/3 cup low-sodium garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed
    • 2 sprigs basil, chopped
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil and vinegar dressing
    Directions
    1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and do not rinse. Pour into large mixing bowl.
    2. Prepare ice bath by placing a few cubes of ice with water in medium bowl.
    3. Place broccoli in covered microwaveable dish with 1 Tbsp. water. Microwave on HIGH 30 seconds. Drain and transfer to ice bath for 30 seconds. Drain and add to orzo.
    4. Add tomatoes, garbanzo beans, basil, cheese, and dressing to orzo and broccoli. Toss and season with pepper as desired. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.
    Suggested Sides
    • Apple, grapes and watermelon sprinkled with 1 tsp. orange juice • 1 oz. lowfat Cheddar cheese, cubed and skewered • 1 oz. pistachios
    Nutritional Value
    Calories 342 Fat 19.73g Protein 18.82g Carbohydrates 24.33g Fiber 5.71g Sugar 9.39g Sodium 184mg Calcium 267mg Iron 2.25mg
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      Servings 4 Prep Time 5minutes
      Cook Time 10minutes
      Servings 4 Prep Time 5minutes
      Cook Time 10minutes
      This Italian orzo pasta salad can be made ahead up to three days in advance and keeps well, making it a great option for lunchboxes, picnics and travel. Add 2 Tbsp. chopped kalamata olives for a little tang or sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. crumbled feta for a creamier dish.

      Katie's Tip

      Katie's Tip

      Katie's Tip

      Katie's Tip

      Katie's Tip

      Cherry tomatoes are filled with antioxidants, such as lycopene and beta-carotene, which are linked to reducing the risk of certain types of cancers.
      Katie is the Official Registered Dietitian of Produce for Kids, mom of three and author of MomtoMomNutrition.com
      Cherry tomatoes are filled with antioxidants, such as lycopene and beta-carotene, which are linked to reducing the risk of certain types of cancers.
      Katie is the Official Registered Dietitian of Produce for Kids, mom of three and author of MomtoMomNutrition.com
      Ingredients
      • 3/4 cup orzo
      • 3/4 cup chopped broccoli florets, chopped
      • 3/4 cup halved yellow and red cherry tomatoes, halved
      • 2/3 cup low-sodium garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed
      • 2 sprigs basil, chopped
      • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
      • 2 tablespoons olive oil and vinegar dressing
      Directions
      1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and do not rinse. Pour into large mixing bowl.
      2. Prepare ice bath by placing a few cubes of ice with water in medium bowl.
      3. Place broccoli in covered microwaveable dish with 1 Tbsp. water. Microwave on HIGH 30 seconds. Drain and transfer to ice bath for 30 seconds. Drain and add to orzo.
      4. Add tomatoes, garbanzo beans, basil, cheese, and dressing to orzo and broccoli. Toss and season with pepper as desired. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.
      Suggested Sides
      • Apple, grapes and watermelon sprinkled with 1 tsp. orange juice • 1 oz. lowfat Cheddar cheese, cubed and skewered • 1 oz. pistachios
      Nutritional Value
      Calories 342 Fat 19.73g Protein 18.82g Carbohydrates 24.33g Fiber 5.71g Sugar 9.39g Sodium 184mg Calcium 267mg Iron 2.25mg

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