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

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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.

Comments

  1. Katherine Aucoin says

    My goodness this looks so fantastic. You are one creative lady that is after my tastebuds!

  2. Parker says

    i am going to try this. I have been on an orzo kick lately, and love the addition of chickpeas and tuna… packed full of great protein.

  3. Cookin' Canuck says

    I am definitely going to make this salad. It looks absolutely delicious.I just passed on the Kreative Blogger award to you. Please check out my site for details on the award.

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