fresh. [orzo salad w. chickpeas, basil, feta & mustard vinaigrette]

July 27th, 2012 by | comments

This orzo salad just screams summer, right? I brought the dish to my friend’s birthday party this past weekend at Malibu Wines, and it was a hit. We ate the pasta alongside a fresh spinach salad with chicken, strawberries, walnuts, pine nuts and a poppy-seed dressing, and of course washed it down with a chilled glass of rosé–we were at a winery, after all. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


1 lb. orzo, cooked in 6 cups chicken broth (preferably homemade)

1 (12 oz.) jar artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 1/2 cups (10.5 oz.) cherry tomatoes

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup red onion, finely diced

1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

1/2 cup basil, chiffonade


Cook orzo in chicken broth, according to package directions. Transfer cooked orzo to a medium bowl and let cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, add artichokes, tomatoes, chickpeas, onion, feta and basil. Once orzo is cooled, add to bowl and mix ingredients. Pour vinaigrette over orzo and stir. Season with salt and pepper, if necessary.

Mustard vinaigrette recipe:

1 tbsp. Grey Poupon Dijon mustard

4 tbsp. olive oil

3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

Salt and pepper, to taste


Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

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  • Mary

    Fabulous summer meal Caroline – lovely flavors!
    Mary x

  • Kristy

    The pictures are so fresh and bright too! This is a salad that would easily be a hit here. The kids would of course pick around the tomatoes, but they do love chickpeas! Have a great weekend Caroline!

  • Choc Chip Uru

    A fresh and lovely summer dish my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Susan

    I have a very similar salad that I Iove! I like the mustard vinaigrette in yours.

  • annashortcakes

    Just the recipe I have been looking for~ I am going to make it for a baby shower this weekend!

  • the second serving

    Love how fresh this recipe sounds– definitely want to try it!

  • spicegirlfla

    Hi Caroline, I just love this orzo salad! It is a great take along dish and perfect for the summer. Love the idea of a birthday party at Malibu Wine :)

  • egg me on

    Ooo orzo … I use this way less than I should. What a great summer side dish. Although I’d probably swap goat cheese for the feta. :D Oh, just noticed the artichoke hearts too. Nice. Sounds like a great b-day party!

  • ceciliag

    This looks fabulous, and so good for you, it will be a great hot with the vegetarian i have living here too!! tasty.. morning caroline! c

  • My Inner Chick

    Lovely dish w/ some of my fave. things : Artichokes! Basil!

    Yes! Xx

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    What great summer flavors for a salad. Perfect with a glass of wine for sure!

  • Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    So very summery, fresh and delightful!

  • thedrivencook

    I love orzo in pasta salads! It makes it feel totally different. And, I love your serving dish!

  • Courtney

    So refreshing – and great with a little wine, I bet!

  • Amy

    There’s something about Orzo I just love…and it pairs PERFECTLY with basil. What a great summer recipe!

  • Karen

    I love orzo salad during the summer when we are entertaining at the lake. Yours looks beautiful and I’m sure it was a hit at the party.

  • rsmacaalay

    I was looking for ideas for orzo and I saw this and answered my questions, thanks for sharing it

  • Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian

    Oh my, Caroline, your orzo looks amazing!

  • Ashley Bee

    A perfect light summer dish :) I think it needs some more green, but that’s just me ;)

  • Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)

    orzo is so simple and light and refreshing and you made it even better with your combo of feta, chickpeas and the vinaigrette! WOW! Love it

  • Christina

    Another delicious summer meal! Looks great! :)

  • Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    Wines in Malibu? Interesting. Going to have to check that out. Great looking salad Caroline. :-)

  • Cavities & Cravings

    What a great summer recipe! I love orzo and am always looking for new orzo recipes to try!

  • Eva Taylor

    It’s rather refreshing that this simple salad is not overdressed, it seems like just the perfect amount of dressing. A nice light summer meal.

  • The Hook

    Cool creation – and plating!

  • Natalie Ward

    We can’t get orzo here but tomatoes are being given away at the moment so always looking for yummy recipes like this! We have chilled rose too, thankfully!!

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