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Quick & Simple Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad

Quick & Easy Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad is the perfect pasta salad for your potlucks, barbecues, parties, main dishes & lunch boxes. Pack full of fresh tasty ingredients.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Cooling time10 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Savoury
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 large servings
Calories: 489kcal
Author: Emma


  • 400 grams Orzo pasta 2 cups
  • 20 cherry tomatoes - halved
  • 125 grams mozzarella - cut into cubes 5 ounces
  • 5 grams fresh basil leaves shredded 1/8 cup
  • Zest & juice of 1 small lemon
  • 30 millilitres extra virgin olive oil 1/8 cup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper


  • Bring a medium sized pan of water and a pinch of salt to the boil and add the pasta in and cook according to package instructions. 7 - 9 minutes is about the normal time, you want your pasta soft but still a small bite in the middle.
  • Once cooked strain your pasta and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process and to cool the pasta right down. Leave to drain dry.
  • In a large serving bowl add in the halved cherry tomatoes, the mozzarella cubes and half of the shredded basil and mix it all together with your cooled pasta.
  • In a small bowl add in the lemon zest and juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix it all together and pour it all over your salad. And toss it all together.
  • Sprinkle over the remaining shredded basil.
  • Covered in an airtight container this salad will keep for up to three days, but I would advise only adding in the basil before serving as it may discolour a bit.


Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 80.4g | Protein: 19.4g | Fat: 12.1g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 227mg | Potassium: 1663mg | Fiber: 7.8g | Sugar: 16.5g | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 5.2mg