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Mediterranean Orzo Salad (dairy-free, almost vegan, healthy, 100% whole wheat)

A light spring & summer Mediterranean Orzo Salad. Healthy, dairy-free, and almost vegan!
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings: 4 servings
Calories:
Author: Nisha @ honeywhatscooking

Ingredients

  • <b>for the pasta</b>
  • Cherry Tomatoes - 1 cup sliced in half
  • Red Onion - 3/4 cup chopped
  • Cucumber - 1 cup chopped
  • Kalamata Olives - 1/2 cup sliced in half
  • Whole Wheat Orzo Pasta - 1 cup uncooked
  • Lemon Vinaigrette - all of it see recipe below
  • Organic Chickpeas - 1 cup
  • Avocado - 1 whole diced
  • Capers - 3 tbsp
  • Fresh Parsley - big handful chopped
  • Dried Oregano - sprinkle on top for garnish
  • Crushed Red Pepper - sprinkle on top for garnish
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  • <b>for the lemon vinaigrette dressing</b>
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Fresh Lemon Juice - 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp for vegan option, use brown sugar or maple syrup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Black Pepper - to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil - roughly 8 cups.
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  • Chop the cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and kalamata olives. Place the ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Check on the pot of boiling water.
  • Now add 1 cup of uncooked orzo pasta - I used whole wheat. Cook for 8-10 minutes on medium heat until al dente.
  • In the meantime, make the vinaigrette. Place the ingredients in a mason jar.
  • Shake it up well for about 10 seconds.
  • Gather the remaining ingredients... chickpeas, avocado, capers and parsley.
  • The orzo pasta should be done. Add the hot orzo pasta to the big bowl of veggies.
  • Top with lemon vinaigrette.
  • Add the remaining ingredients... chickpeas, avocado, capers and chopped parsley.
  • Now toss. Allow the flavors to marry together for 15 minutes before serving. So good!

Notes

* for a high protein option - serve with grilled chicken kebabs, or top with 2 over-easy eggs.
** for a gluten free option - use orzo pasta that is gluten-free.
*** for a traditional Mediterranean Orzo Salad, if you can handle dairy, feel free to add some feta cheese to this salad - it would be delicious.
**** for vegan option - skip the honey and opt for brown sugar or maple syrup.
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