Zesty Orzo Salad

by Zach on February 21, 2013

Healthy Orzo Salad

Okay, so I found this orzo recipe, but you know me I can’t just leave a recipe I find alone so I have to make a few changes.  So check this out, it gives me that little kick that I like without being overly spicy, it’s a pretty tasty combination!


2 oz Orzo, dry

1 Mini Sweet Pepper (You can also use 2 Tbsp of Bell Pepper)

A Dash of Pepper

2 tsp oregano

2 Tbsp LF Italian Dressing

(Optional) 1 Tbsp of Red Onion


1) Prepare the orzo according to the package directions, while you are allowing the orzo to cook (most take about 10 mins) you are going to prepare the rest of the dish.

2) Take the sweet mini pepper and dice them to your desired size, I like to have about 1 cm squares of pepper.  If you choose to use red onion, add it at this time and dice it with the peppers, this will help blend the flavors together.

3) Once the orzo is done, place it in a bowl, add the Dressing, Red Onion, Peppers, Oregano, and just a dash of pepper and mix well.

4) Enjoy warm as a side to your favorite entrée.



{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Ty Johnson February 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

That sounds about as easy as falling off a log. Making me hungry!!!


Zach February 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

It is! You have to make it if you have the chance!


Marina February 22, 2013 at 4:29 am

I have to try this. Eating healthy and been active is the way to go.


Zach February 22, 2013 at 9:34 am

It sure is, nothing is going to be being active and healthy! Plus it’s not a fad, it’s a way of life!

Thanks for reading Marina!


Svetlana March 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Ok I started at 160lbs I am 5 0 tall and now I weigh 135lbs tyrnig to get to 110lbs what is the difference between fat loss and weightloss? And what has better results?


Zach April 1, 2013 at 12:19 am

Weight loss can include both muscle and fat! You want to burn fat usually without burning muscle, so for best results eat right and exercise and the right weight will come off!


Lisa February 22, 2013 at 9:04 am

I would love to try this but can’t have gluten. Do you think it would taste good if I substituted rice for the orzo? Looks so yummy.


Zach February 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

Hmmmm, I am not sure rice and orzo are a little bit different, but I imagine the rice would absorb the flavors a little bit and have a unique texture!


Mark February 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Interesting recipe Zach, what would the carb content be in this dish and would it be more beneficial for a slow release sport like running or more explosive sport like weight training, thanks.


Zach February 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm

there’s right around 40 carbs per 1/2 cup of orzo, the other carbs would be based on what kinds of dressing and peppers you decide to use. I would say these types are carbs are best for a cardio pre-workout boost!


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