Arugula Orzo Salad

Orzo Arugula salad

This Orzo Salad is a great and refreshing summer recipe and it is one of my favorite salads for entertaining.

This recipe stems from an Orzo Salad by Giada De Laurentiis.

Orzo salad



  • 1 pound orzo pasta
  • 3 lemons
  • Salt
  • 1 ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 ½ cup pine nuts
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 oz baby arugula
  • 2/3 cups olive oil
  • 2 cups feta cheese

Orzo Salad


  1. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook until tender, but still firm to the bite. Drain the pasta and set aside to cool.
  2. Place the arugula, basil, pine nuts, and cranberries in a large salad bowl, mix well and then add the orzo.
  3. Mix together the lemon juice and olive oil in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the salad and mix well.
  4. Add the feta cheese and toss together, using 2 forks until well mixed. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. Simple Orzo Salad

    Orzo and Arugula Salad

    Orzo and Arugula Salad

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  1. says

    Erica, what a gorgeous salad. Your recipes are top notch and you’re a talented photographer as well.

    Thanks for stopping by my kitchen and following along. I really appreciate it. It also gave me the opportunity to you and find your lovely blog.

  2. says

    Yaa this is going to be my lunch sometimes this week. i do not have pine nuts but will substitute. I like eating orzo a lot.

  3. says

    Thank you for following me! I’ve made the Giada version of this recipe before and it’s most excellent to play with. Your photos are gorgeous and I’m glad I found you. :-)

  4. says

    Wow, I really like your recipes. I cook a lot of Cuban, Puerto Rican, Italian, and American Southern, so this is new to me and I would really like to try some of the dishes. Thanks for following me.

  5. Trish says

    Hi Erica,
    Jim is making this tonight. Suzy and the boys are coming over for dinner. I can’t wait to eat this delicious salad!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. belgils says

    Hi Erika, I wish the fans that write comments on you recipes, do so AFTER they have actually tried them. “Looks delicious”….” sounds delicious”…. “I will ke it soon”…. does not actually tell the story. I DID, however, put this dish together… and It WAS great!!!. So are a number of others I have ACTUALLY cooked and enjoyed; I will always look for more. So fans….. get cooking and tell us about it.

  7. Amanda says

    I recently had an orzo salad at an Au Bon Pain while visiting Nashville, TN. It was SO good I went back later that day to buy more. I couldn’t wait to get home and [try to] make MORE of it. If I hadn’t been in public I would’ve licked the bowl. Alas, their website menu does not include this dish. Yours, however, seems to include everything I remember. THANK YOU for posting this! I can’t wait to try it out.

  8. Anonymous says

    Hi Erica,

    I plan on making your salad this weekend, can’t wait! Sorry if I missed it but- about how many servings do you get from these measurements? Thanks!!

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