Orzo Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Capers

This Orzo Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Capers is a perfect addition to your next summer barbecue. A fresh, crisp summer salad, it’s served chilled and therefore recommended that you prepare it beforehand to allow the flavors to be fully absorbed, while chilling overnight. Preparing this quick and easy salad beforehand also gives you more time to socialize with your guests.

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What is Orzo Pasta?

Orzo pasta is pasta shaped like rice. This rice-shaped pasta is quick and easy to prepare and can be substituted for rice and quinoa. It serves as the star of this delightfully light and flavorful salad. Just like rice and or quinoa, this versatile pasta is perfect when paired with your favorite protein such as poultry, fish, or meats.

Not only does it pair well with meats, but Orzo pasta is also versatile enough to be used in desserts such as puddings and fruit salads. It will also serve as an excellent base for low-calorie and vegetarian meals.

Orzo Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Capers


  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 large (or 2 medium) tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1½ c. orzo pasta, cooked according to package directions 
  • 2 T. capers
  • 1 T. Caper liquid
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 T. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 T. fresh parsley, chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Keep this dish keto by using keto orzo pasta made with lupin flour!

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How to cook Orzo Pasta

Orzo Pasta is easy to prepare. Even though it’s shaped like rice, it cooks much more quickly than rice. You could either boil it like you would pasta in salted water and drain, or toast lightly in butter till golden brown, add water or stock, and boil till the broth is gone. Serve as a side dish, paired with or in soups, in a sauce, with cheese like pasta, or any way you like.

This salad can last up to three to five days in the fridge. The longer it sits the more the flavors of the olives and red onions are absorbed. If you like an intense flavor let it sit longer and if you prefer less intensity let it sit for less. It’s best not to pour the dressing onto the salad if it is going to sit for long periods to preserve the freshness of the salad.

Whichever way you choose to have it, by yourself, with family, or at your next summer barbecue enjoy.


Orzo Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Capers

This quick and easy chilled pasta salad is a great way to keep cool on a hot day.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 19 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 406kcal
Author: Iva Ursano


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 large or 2 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • c. orzo pasta cooked according to package directions
  • 2 tbsp. capers
  • 1 tbsp caper liquid
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste


  • Add olive oil and minced garlic to a skillet set over medium heat. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic starts to develop some color.
    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 3 cloves garlic
  • Add tomatoes and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or just until tomatoes become soft. Remove from heat and set aside.
    1 large
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked orzo, capers and liquid, lemon juice, thyme, and parsley with the warm tomato and garlic mixture. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.
    1½ c. orzo pasta, 2 tbsp. capers, 1 tbsp caper liquid, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, 1 tbsp fresh parsley, Sea salt and black pepper
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight. Stir and serve chilled with grilled chicken breasts or your favorite entrée of choice. Enjoy! 


Tip: The capers and liquid add saltiness to this dish. Taste before adding additional salt.
Remember this is not a keto-friendly dish whatsoever. 


Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg

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Iva discovered the keto diet back in 2020 and has experimented with it, off and on. She recently took over this site and shares experiences, her knowledge and some yummy recipes. She also runs a women only website Women Blazing Trails.

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