Healthy Greek Orzo Salad is loaded with little pasta and lots of flavorful veggies. Tossed in a lemony vinaigrette that is seasoned perfectly. Easy plus!!!
I remember when pasta salads only existed as creamy macaroni salad. Yes, there was actually a time like that.
It wasn’t quite ‘when dinosaurs ruled’ and I was very young but all of a sudden a wide range of pasta salads started popping up on restaurant menus. It was the ‘in’ thing to go to the restaurants that had the widest variety.
All were praised who showed up at the potluck or BBQ party with their best concoction. Now pasta salads seem like an American tradition and new recipes are still popping up. I love it!
What Pasta is Good For Pasta Salad?
Luckily, there are a lot of them. In fact, most of them will. Small shells or any small pasta shape works really well.
No large pasta that you traditionally stuff but I’m thinking just about every other pasta works.
Macaroni, of course. That may be where it all started.
Even long pasta such as spaghetti is great. A good idea is to break the pasta into smaller lengths before cooking.
Let me give you some examples of Pasta Salads and their Pasta
Udon noodles are perfect for a delicious twist for an Asian Kale Salad
Panzanella Pasta Salad with penne and mixed shells is fantastic too. Lots of color with this one.
The little spirals that come in so many colors is a regular standby in my family. Quick Italian Pasta Salad is made very quickly with buys from the deli.
Greek Orzo Salad
Don’t forget itty bitty orzo.
Give this beautiful Pasta Salad a try and you will be making it for friends too. It is that tasty.
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What Are Some easy Pasta Salad Recipes?
Every pasta salad mentioned above is easy. So there are five right here at your fingertips.
Most pasta salads are easy. All you do is pre-cook the pasta, add goodies and a sublime dressing.
The goodies are usually fresh veggies that have been sliced or chopped and sometimes croutons or lightly toasted bread squares.
You might even get away with using a store-bought dressing. I do that often but never just one type. I mix two or three dressings together.
Part of the fun to me is to make dressing homemade though. If you have the time it’s rewarding and the dressings on any of the recipes above are unique and fit the salad perfectly.
The sky’s the limit for all kinds of easy pasta salads.
Healthy Greek Orzo Salad
- 16 ounces orzo
- 8 ounces kalamata olives
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil - liquid
- 8 ounces mushrooms - white, siiced
- 1/2 red bell pepper - chopped in small chunks
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper - chopped in small chunks
- 1/2 green bell pepper - chopped in small chunks
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/8 cup fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Bring 8 cups of cold water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Add the salt and the orzo.
- Cook until al dente, 7 to 8 minutes. Check the directions on your box. Drain well.
- While the orzo is cooking heat the oil in a skillet.
- Saute the mushrooms and all of the bell peppers about 10 minutes. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, chopped parsley and salt.
- Add everything together in a large bowl.
- Chill at least an hour.
- Toss again before serving to break up any pasta that has stuck together and to mix the dressing throughout the pasta again.
- Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed.
Serve cold or at room temperature. The wonderful salad will keep from 3 to 4 days.