Arugula Orzo Salad

by Erica Dinho on June 23, 2009

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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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Monica Wong June 23, 2009 at 8:20 AM

Hi Erica,
Thanks for joining me and sharing! Warm Welcome!
You have a great blog as well!


2 Juju June 23, 2009 at 9:50 AM

This looks amazing.


3 Ann June 23, 2009 at 10:53 AM

YUmm! This looks so easy and healthy:) Good for my growing waist line :)


4 Marta June 23, 2009 at 11:29 AM

I like this salad, the cranberries and feta must be a delicious contrast!


5 My Carolina Kitchen June 23, 2009 at 11:52 AM

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.


6 Soma June 23, 2009 at 2:00 PM

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.


7 Erica June 23, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Thank you all so much for your comments!


8 Karen June 23, 2009 at 4:29 PM

This looks so good! I have a lot of spinach in my garden, I think I’ll use it instead of the arugula


9 rebecca subbiah June 23, 2009 at 10:10 PM

so simple and tasty love it


10 Lisa June 24, 2009 at 8:41 AM

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. :-)


11 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie June 24, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Lovely orzo salad – love the arugula and feta here!


12 Aysha June 24, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Perfect for the season.Yummy and Healthy!!It’s so colorful…


13 justjoycee June 24, 2009 at 12:42 PM

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.


14 nora@ffr June 25, 2009 at 3:04 AM

vat a simple and healthy salad. just beyond impressive!! sure gonna give a try


15 Anna June 28, 2009 at 12:03 AM

Orzo is my favorite pasta for pasta salads, yours looks very summerly and yummy.


16 Trish August 7, 2009 at 10:45 AM

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!


17 belgils January 26, 2010 at 3:00 AM

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.


18 Anonymous April 4, 2010 at 8:41 AM

I made this salad and it was perfect and delicious. I followed all the steps.


19 Amanda September 15, 2011 at 11:55 PM

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.


20 Anonymous October 12, 2012 at 12:02 AM

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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