Chickpea and Orzo Pasta Salad

Chickpea & Orzo Salad

This healthy and delicious recipe for Chickpea and Orzo Pasta Salad is a spin-off from my Mom’s favorite Chickpea and Tuna Salad. I built on the original recipe by adding orzo, lemon, Parmesan cheese, and toasted almonds. A light and summery pasta salad.

You can pick up a bit of smokiness and crunch from the toasted almonds, some pungency from the onion and garlic, saltiness from the tuna and Parmesan, and a hint of tartness from the lemon dressing that makes this wonderfully satisfying.

Chickpea & Orzo Salad

Chickpea and Orzo Pasta Salad
(by Reeni)

1 and 1/3 cup of uncooked Orzo
1 can Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
2 cans solid white albacore tuna, drained
1/2 cup red onion, sliced
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2/3 cup Parmesan, fresh grated, plus more for serving
1/3 cup Basil leaves, chopped or 2 teaspoons dried
1 teaspoon thyme, dried
1/2 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Cook the orzo to al dente according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop them from cooking further. Toast the almonds in a dry saute pan over medium-low heat until they turn golden. Add to a large bowl with the orzo, chickpeas, tuna, red onion, parmesan and basil. In a small bowl whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Refrigerate for an hour before serving. Serve over salad greens or as a side.

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Chickpea & Orzo Salad

I’m sending this to the very lovely Joanne of Eats Well With Others, the host of this week’s Presto Pasta Nights.

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  1. lk (Healthy Deliciou says

    yum! I never would have thought to pair orzo and chickpeas together! not a big fan of tunafish though.

  2. Donna-FFW says

    This chickpea tuna pasta salad is everything a girl could hope for in a salad. Taste, texture, salty, healthy. Absolutely perfect!

  3. Chow and Chatter says

    thanks Reeni and thanks for visiting the other blog, all part of my plan to write and blog and stay home with my baby LOL, oh let me know if you have good seafood recipes I will feature them and link to ya there must have been good like me with cakes!!

  4. Wandering Coyote says

    I'll have to look out for those popchips – they sound like a good idea, but I haven't seen them up here yet. The pasta salad looks yummy!

  5. Reeni♥ says

    Rebecca – I forgot to take pictures – and being such a little piglet I've eaten them all! If I buy them again I will – just for you!

  6. Chow and Chatter says

    this looks wonderful have been meaning to try orzo will buy some and make this thanks for sharing popchips sound interesting post a pic!Rebecca

  7. Denise says

    Reeni, this looks very tasty and healthy. I love all the different textures. Pics are gorgeous, as usual.

  8. says

    This looks delicious, and I think it would be just as tasty without the tuna, which is what I would do to make it vegetarian. I love chickpeas – in fact I almost live on them – so thanks for a great new way to use them!

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