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Italian Orzo Pasta Salad

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Italian Orzo Pasta Salad

Italian Orzo Pasta Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 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


  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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Total Fat: 19.73gSodium: 184mgCarbohydrates: 24.33gFiber: 5.71gSugar: 9.39gProtein: 18.82g

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Amber Gray

Amber is the new mom to a baby girl and navigating the world of diapers, first foods and very little sleep. She has been a part of the Produce for Kids team for 9 years, overseeing all digital marketing efforts including digital partnerships, content strategy, social media, website and email marketing. A passion for healthy cooking was instilled in her at a young age, cooking alongside her mom and sister in the kitchen. Her passion for cooking, food and photography has also brought her behind the lens to develop and photograph recipes for Produce for Kids and partners.

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