Summer ORZO recipe, Orzo salad with lemon

Orzo salad with lemon.

I had actually never eaten Orzo until I made Ottolenghi's Orzo with shrimp and feta. After that I started experimenting with it myself and it is now a fixed item in our menu.


Orzo recept

What is Orzo ?

Orzo is a dried pasta that looks a bit like a large grain of rice. In the Netherlands, Orzo is still relatively unknown. It is an Italian pasta and because the Italians find Orzo similar to a barley grain, this pasta is called Orzo, or barley grain. Such a type of pasta is eaten in many countries around the Mediterranean in, for example, soups, Pilav but also as a rice substitute in Risotto or Paella.

Also check out this delicious recipe from Orzo with pancetta and peas.

I myself made a vegetarian Orzo salad with (pickled) lemon. You can make this dish well in advance, the recipe is ready quickly and is delicious on a beautiful summer day or to take to a picnic, for example.

Vegetarian Orzo recipe

I made a vegetarian Orzo myself but you can also make it very well with pieces of chicken breast instead of mozzarella.

For 2 people


  • 125 grams Orzo
  • 1 stalk broccoli
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 buffalo mozzarella
  • 1 (pickled) lemon
  • 4 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • Ghee
  • Olive oil
  • Pepper and salt




    Cook the Orzo al dente according to the package
  • Divide the broccoli into small stumps
  • Cut the zucchini into small cubes Roast the pine nuts and sunflower seeds briefly until they start to color and then keep them separately
  • Stir fry the broccoli and zucchini together in some ghee until the zucchini starts to color lightly and then keep them separate
  • Cut the mozarella into cubes
  • Cut the (pickled) lemon with skin and all into very small pieces.
  • If you do not have pickled lemon, you can also use regular lemon. Then use only the flesh and juice. Then keep a slice of lemon aside as a garnish.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a nice bowl and sprinkle the seeds over the salad last.
  • Finish with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle some olive oil over it.


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