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Lemon Orzo Salad

This Lemon Orzo Salad is made with fresh produce like tomatoes, zucchini and basil, and the lemons make it light and refreshing. It's healthy and a perfect make-ahead lunch recipe, so what are you waiting for? Dig in! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: lemon orzo, orzo salad, vegetarian orzo
Servings: 4
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Erin

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups orzo
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 cup zucchini sliced
  • 1/4 cup basil chopped
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese

Instructions

  • Cook pasta as you normally would, until it's al dente.
  • While the pasta is cooking, combine lemon juice, olive oil, lemon zest, water, salt, and pepper in a bowl and set aside. Then, slice the tomatoes, zucchini and basil and set aside.
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain it, then transfer it to the bowl with the lemon juice and let it set for 10 minutes. In that time, the pasta will soak up the lemon juice, olive oil and water, which is good because we don't want it to be dry.
  • Then, add in the tomatoes, zucchini, basil, and feta cheese and stir to combine. Enjoy as-is, or add extra feta and/or black pepper on top!

Notes

Ingredient substitutions: If you want to use different vegetables, try peas, artichokes or spinach. If you want to use different cheese, try goat cheese. 
Storage: Store this pasta in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. 
Make it ahead: This recipe can easily be made ahead of time. Simply cook the pasta and have it sit in the bowl with lemon juice, then add the vegetables and store it in the refrigerator. Before serving, add the cheese. 

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 456IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg