Tuna, Chick Peas and Orzo Salad

by Erica Dinho on July 16, 2010

Tuna, Chickpeas and Orzo Salad

Today’s recipe is a good summer salad: Tuna, orzo, chick peas, tomatoes, cucumber and fresh herbs with a lemon dressing. This refreshing salad just might become a summer staple at your table. It is wonderfully filling, improves as it sits, and can be easily transported for lunch at the office.

The tuna makes this a meal-in-a-bowl type of salad, and if you want a vegetarian option, just omit the tuna.

Buen provecho!



(4-6 servings)

  • 2 cups orzo pasta
  • 1(15) can garbanzo beans,rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup English cucumber, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped scallions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, Chopped
  • 3 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 cans tuna, drained


  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 garbanzo beans, cucumber, tomato, scallions, garlic, parsley, basil and onions in a large salad bowl, mix well and then add the orzo and tuna.
  3. Mix together the lemon juice, zest,white vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the salad and mix well.
  4. Using 2 forks until well mixed. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa July 16, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Check check check…got those ingredients…gonna have to make this!


2 Bo July 16, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Sounds like a great light summer lunch!


3 Sophie July 16, 2010 at 11:25 AM

¡Hola Erica!

Un plato muy rico y refrescante también!

Me gusta mucho el atún.

Besitos de Bruselas!


4 D. @ Outside Oslo July 16, 2010 at 2:45 PM

What a wonderful dish for summertime! So healthy and light, yet substantial!


5 momgateway July 16, 2010 at 5:49 PM

I met some Colombian buddies and got introduced to Colombian cooking…it’s awesome!


6 Amy @ cookbookmaniac July 17, 2010 at 5:53 AM

This would make a perfect lunch for me tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!


7 Baking is my Zen July 17, 2010 at 8:40 AM

A great salad to put together quickly…excellent!



8 Kim July 17, 2010 at 8:56 AM

I love making a bit pot of salad like this to have on hand during the week. Orzo salads are some of my very favorite!


9 Joanne July 17, 2010 at 9:02 AM

I love how refreshing and simple this is! That’s what my tastebuds are craving these days.


10 Angie's Recipes July 17, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Love orzo salad too…..the additions of chickpeas and tuna make the salad so flavourful and yummy!


11 Grace DaSilva-Hill July 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Hello there, I live in the UK, and came across your website through a charity that I support – Children of the Andes.

I am interested in trying the tuna, chick peas and orzo salad, but I don’t know what orzo and scallions are; are there other names for these please? I guess orzo is some kind of pasta…? Scallions – I have no idea. Best wishes, Grace


12 Erica July 18, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Grace- Orzo is a kind of pasta and scallions are green onions.


13 norma July 17, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Another veggies dish for me to use.

Erica: Mandame la receta para empanadas Colombianas porfa!


14 Anh July 18, 2010 at 3:32 AM

This is the perfect summer lunch for me!


15 Carla July 18, 2010 at 10:28 AM

All I can tell you is that I am so going to make this! Delicious combination.


16 Anna July 18, 2010 at 11:22 AM

I love orzo, it’s great for pasta salads. And the chickpeas makes it so meaty.It looks delicious Erica.


17 Oysterculture July 18, 2010 at 8:36 PM

I’ve been reading your posts lately and have developed a strong craving for tuna. I know what at least one dinner will be this week. =)


18 Erica July 18, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Thank you all!!!


19 rebecca subbiah July 18, 2010 at 10:37 PM

great and super healthy salad love it


20 pierre July 19, 2010 at 11:37 AM

your salad is so fresh and welcome with the heatwave we have in Paris !!pierre


21 zerrin July 19, 2010 at 3:50 PM

A perfect summer dish! A great combo with tuna and the other ingredients.


22 Juliana July 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Wow, great salad…tuna and orzo…it is sure a great meal for the Summer :-)


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