Learn how to make a Cilantro Lime Orzo Pasta Salad for lunch and dinner!

Cilantro Lime Orzo Pasta Salad

Recipe by caion


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For your Cilantro Lime Orzo Pasta Salad to be perfect, use the ingredients from the list below and follow the step-by-step method of preparation.
This is an elevated sophisticated take on pasta salad.
It’s perfect for warm weather events like picnics and barbecues.


  • 8 oz. orzo pasta

  • 2 limes, juiced

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped

  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • We’re going to start by cooking 8 ounces of orzo pasta.
    I’m gonna pour it into some boiling water and cook it according to the package directions, which will take, for this one, about 9 minutes.
  • Once your pasta has cooked drain it and rinse it with cold water.
  • Next we’re going to put together our dressing.
    This starts with the juice from 2 limes, 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt, just whisk this together.whisk
  • Next we’re going to take that cooked and cooled pasta and pour it into a bowl.
  • Get it all in there, and we’re going to pour our dressing over this.dressing over
  • Give it a quick stir.
  • Add an entire cup of chopped fresh cilantro, and then we have a diced red bell pepper, you want to keep that a small dice since the orzo is so small, some halved grape or cherry tomatoes, and then a whole bunch of sliced green onions, and I use only the green parts because I like to keep it pretty, and that’s also about a cup, maybe 3/4 of a cup, and then stirring this together, we’re done.stir
  • Give it a taste and adjust the seasonings to your own personal preferences by adding more salt and pepper to whatever your desired level is.
  • Store this in the fridge and let it cool off completely before serving.
  • Your Cilantro Lime Orzo Pasta Salad is ready!Cilantro Lime Orzo Pasta Salad

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