Recipes: Food – Broccoli Orzo – Perfect Side Dish for Summer Cookouts!

broccoli orzo salad
broccoli orzo salad

Broccoli Orzo Salad

Bring in the Broccoli Orzo salad; you can dress this dish up or down to suit the tastes of your guests!

Who doesn’t like a refreshing side dish at a cookout, something new? You can always rely on the classics, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad… but what about changing it up a little next time!

Your guests are going to be so stoked with the new flavors. If you have never had orzo, you are in for a treat! You can dress this up even more with spinach and red pepper!

[What You Need]to Make the Broccoli Orzo

  • 12 ounces orzo
  • One tablespoon olive oil
  • One broccoli (head, cut into florets)
  • feta cheese
  • One small yellow onion (diced) — optional
  • Three cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • Eight grape tomatoes cut in half
  • salt

<Let’s Make It>

  1. In a pot of boiling water, add the orzo and cook for 6 – 8 minutes.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and cook until warm.
  4. Begin by adding the onions and soften for 3 – 4 minutes. (if adding onion)
  5. Add the garlic and tomatoes and cook for 1 – 2 minutes.
  6. Add the spinach and cook until wilted.
  7. —salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Pour in the cooked orzo and cook for 1 – 2 minutes until all the flavors have absorbed together.
  9. Test for salt and pepper. 
  10. Add feta cheese at the end!
  11. Serve and enjoy!


If you make this, please leave me a comment on what you liked or didn’t like! Adding a little feta cheese will set this off; I love using feta on pasta salads; the cheese will hold up to time and moisture and add a beautiful flavor to the veggies!

Broccoli Orzo Salad
Broccoli Orzo Salad


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