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

Orzo Salad

Bring in the Broccoli Orzo salad, you can really 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 that is 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 totally dress this up even more with spinach and red pepper!

[What You Need]

  • 12 ounces orzo
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 broccoli (head, cut into florets)
  • feta cheese
  • 1 small yellow onion (diced) — optional
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 8 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

Author: Jesy Anderson

The owner of Needle, Ink and Thread, Located in Beavercreek, Ohio. I love teaching, it really is my passion. The "lightbulb" moments are my favorite! I am so excited to share my passion of sewing, design, and art with you! I was also a former co-owner of Sew Dayton.

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