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Orzo Pesto Pasta salad on a wooden cutting board

Orzo Pesto Pasta Salad

Ready in less than 30 minutes, Orzo Pesto Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for your next barbecue. Creamy mozzarella, salty olives, and herb filled pesto make this salad satisfying and delicious!
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Orzo Pasta Salad, Orzo Pesto Pasta Salad, Orzo Pesto Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lynn Polito


  • 1 pound Orzo Pasta
  • 2 cups Spinach Chopped
  • 2 cups Cherry Tomatoes Chopped
  • 1 cup Fresh Mozzarella Chopped
  • 1 ½ cups Kalamata Olives Chopped
  • 1 Red Onion Chopped
  • ½ cup Pesto
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste


  • Cook orzo according to package instructions. Once the orzo is done cooking, drain, and run the strainer with the orzo under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set the pasta aside.
  • Chop the spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella, red onion, and olives. Place them in a large bowl.
  • Add the cooled orzo to the bowl.
  • Top with the pesto (see notes), lemon, and olive oil and mix everything together. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!


  • Each type of pesto has a different ratio of olive oil which makes some thicker than others.  Feel free to add more pesto if you feel the pesto is thicker than mine.  Add more a tablespoon at a time, mix, and add more if necessary.