Southwestern Orzo Salad

This Southwestern Orzo Salad is made with sweet corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, and tossed with a simple and delicious Lemon Vinaigrette. It’s really, reeeeeally good! Perfect for summer BBQs, potlucks and picnics!

Southwestern Orzo Salad | www.diethood.com | Orzo Pasta mixed with sweet corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, and tossed with a simple and delicious Lemon Vinaigrette. | #orzosalad #appetizersalads #avocado #summersalads

AN EASY ORZO PASTA SALAD RECIPE

Happy Sunday! What’s going on, friends?

Wanna have a heart to heart? Okay. GOOD!

This week? As far as I’m concerned?? Well, it was ridiculawz! Hope you’re doing better than me! I found comfort in two slices of Chocolate Mousse Cake. Then I balanced it all out with a Banana, Kiwi and Kale Smoothie.

As long as we’re being honest… I didn’t get out of my pajamas today, either. I put on a fancy robe because I needed to at least feel fancy and lady-like, but that was about it. I did nothing. I also spent a day or two on the couch watching Cosby Show reruns!! I enjoyed each and every minute of it.

Were the good ol’ days really THAT good?!

Southwestern Orzo Salad | www.diethood.com | Orzo Pasta mixed with sweet corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, and tossed with a simple and delicious Lemon Vinaigrette. | #orzosalad #appetizersalads #avocado #summersalads

However, things are about to get way better up in hurr!

We’ve got this orzo salad to discuss aaaaand a KitchenAid Stand Mixer!!

As soon as warm weather hits, I’m pretty much preoccupied with corn, black beans, avocados and tomatoes. Ob.sessed.

This salad starts with the aforementioned beautiful foursome. However, normally a ton of quinoa gets mixed in with those beauties, but because this salad needed to feed about 8 people, orzo seemed like the better choice.

If I had to brag about it, I’d say that this salad is the epitome of summer salads. Tossed with a hint of lemon and olive oil, this salad, while light and refreshing, is flavorful and completely necessary.

Southwestern Orzo Salad | www.diethood.com | Orzo Pasta mixed with sweet corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, and tossed with a simple and delicious Lemon Vinaigrette. | #orzosalad #appetizersalads #avocado #summersalads

 

Southwestern Orzo Salad | www.diethood.com | Orzo Pasta mixed with sweet corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, and tossed with a simple and delicious Lemon Vinaigrette. | #orzosalad #appetizersalads #avocado #summersalads

Southwestern Orzo Salad + KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway

Katerina | Diethood
This Southwestern Orzo Salad is made with sweet corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, and tossed with a simple and delicious Lemon Vinaigrette. It's really, reeeeeally good! Perfect for summer BBQs, potlucks and picnics!
Servings : 8
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

For the Orzo Salad
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked orzo
  • 1 can (15-oz) sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15-oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 2 avocados , diced
  • 1/4- cup fresh parsley leaves
  • grated parmesan cheese , optional
For the Dressing
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook Orzo according to the directions on the box.
  • Remove from heat; drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine cooled orzo, sweet corn, black beans, tomatoes, and avocado chunks; set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Add as much dressing as you want to the prepared orzo salad. Refrigerate any remaining salad dressing.
  • Toss salad, cover, and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with parsley and grated parmesan cheese.
  • Serve.

Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: DIETHOOD
 

Nutrition

Calories: 189 kcal | Carbohydrates: 14 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 11 mg | Potassium: 419 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 520 IU | Vitamin C: 26.9 mg | Calcium: 17 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 10 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Salads/Side Dishes
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: orzo salad, pasta salad, picnic salad, pot luck salad, southwestern salad recipe
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10 comments on “Southwestern Orzo Salad”

  1. OMG, unique ingredients jazz up this salad. love the Southwest flavors! 2 fingers snap, girlfriends. . Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity.

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs

    Pajamas + chocolate mousse cake + smoothie??? Looks like you had a terrific Sunday! Also, this salad looks pretty amazing! I love the flavor combo here 🙂

  3. Thanks for the give away, and sharing all these amazing pages. I just made the mango and quinoa salad today and it is delicious!

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