Summer Orzo Citrus Salad Recipe

Make even the simplest dishes into a hearty meal with a side of orzo salad.
  • Ready in: 30 minutes
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Chill/Cook time: 10 minutes
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  • Servings: 6

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  • 1½ cups orzo pasta
  • 1 (15 ounce) can mandarin oranges
  • 1 small shallot, cut in half and sliced
  • ½ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups baby arugula leaves or spinach

cooking methods

  • Stovetop


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water; drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, drain oranges reserving ¼ cup liquid. In large bowl, combine oranges, reserved liquid and remaining ingredients except arugula.
  3. Stir in cooled pasta and arugula. Toss to coat. Salt and pepper as desired.
Makes 6 servings.

Make Ahead
: Prepare up to 1 day ahead and refrigerate, covered.

Nutrition per Serving:
Fat: 7g
Sodium: 220mg
Carbs: 46g
Fiber: 2g
Protein: 7g

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy and Delicious! I tried to make it according to the recipe, but realized I didn’t have some of the ingredients, so I substituted spinach for arugula and Feta cheese for goat cheese. I also didn’t have any fruit seasoning. The orzo recipe called for chicken broth and water, but because this is a cold dish with fruit, I boiled the orzo in the mandarin orange juice and water. When all the ingredients had been mixed, I topped it off with orange poppy seed dressing. It was delicious!
Date published: 2020-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ready for Summer! We loved this with the grilled citrus chicken, and had some leftovers for lunch on following days. Really quick and easy to make, and tastes very fresh.
Date published: 2018-05-02
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