Tuna, Chick Peas and Orzo Salad

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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  1. says

    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

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