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How to Make Lemon Orzo Salad For Your Next Party

Prepare this delicious Lemon Orzo Pasta recipe for Spring and Summer – serve in individual mason jars for an easy party dish!

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After being cooped up all winter, I’m always itching to prepare delicious, light recipes as soon as the weather starts hinting of spring and summer! Hosting an outdoor BBQ is a great way to get your friends together to bask in the warmer weather and eat delicious food all at the same time! After you throw your favorite meat on the grill, coming up with a creative side dish can be a challenge. Luckily, I’ve got an easy recipe that is sure to be a hit with any crowd.

Orzo is a rice-shaped pasta that can be mixed with almost anything to create a light pasta salad that complements many main dishes. This Lemon Orzo Salad is brimming with fresh flavors and takes almost no time to whip up. Served in individual mason jars, this salad is as adorable looking as it is tasty! The recipe and how-to is below:

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Lemon Orzo Salad Recipe:

  • 1 lb. Orzo pasta
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 2 seedless cucumbers, diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • Juice from 1-2 lemons, plus zest
  • Mint leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, tossed to coat pasta
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Serves 8-12, depending on size of mason jars. Best served cold.

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Start off with a pot of boiling water and carefully drop in your orzo. Follow package directions, but don’t overcook; you don’t want a soggy salad! Once cooked, drain and run ice water over pasta to stop the cooking process. In the meantime, dice up your veggies. I like to use seedless cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, but you can add in onions, peppers – whatever strikes your fancy! Once the orzo is cooled, transfer to a large bowl and add in your veggies, cheese, mint, lemon juice and zest. Mix and coat with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
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Carefully transfer to small mason jars. For a creative presentation, serve the mason jars on a tray with small forks taped to the side. Use patterned washi tape to add a pop of color to the presentation!

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Photography by Kristen LeQuire.

This orzo salad is so versatile, light and colorful that everyone will be asking for your recipe! Enjoy!

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8 Replies to How to Make Lemon Orzo Salad For Your Next Party

  1. What a great dish, especially with the unexpected pop of mint! And LOVE the presentation in the mason jars with a fork attached, too cute!!

  2. Love the small forks taped to the mason jars…and love washi tape…super cute idea…and looks delicious too!!

  3. Love the fork taped to the jar with washi tape…so cute! I’ll be making this for my next party 🙂

  4. Yummo! Love the idea of adding cucumbers to orzo salad, never would have thought of that. The crunch will give it that extra umph— great recipe!

  5. Looks amazingly delish! Will definitely give it a try, especially if you come plan the party for me!

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