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lemon orzo pasta salad in a white bowl.
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Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad

This lemon orzo pasta salad is a blend of tomatoes, zucchini, orzo, goat cheese, basil, and a delicious vinaigrette. The perfect side dish or main course for hot summer days!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 356kcal


  • 1 cup orzo pasta cooked till al dente
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice about 1-2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp honey or to taste
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup zucchini cut into quarters
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp goat cheese or to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the orzo pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain and allow it to cool for a few minutes. 
  • While the orzo cools, prepare the vinaigrette. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese. 
  • In a large bowl, combine the orzo, tomatoes, basil, zucchini, and vinaigrette. Season generously with salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Top with goat cheese and enjoy! 


  • Make sure to season the pasta salad with a generous amount of salt and pepper for best results.
  • Taste the vinaigrette and add more honey or lemon if needed.
  • Not a fan of goat cheese? Use feta cheese instead or simply omit the cheese.


Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 482IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg