Our Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad makes the perfect slimming-friendly side, snack or light lunch whether you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
This Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad is seriously loaded with tasty vegetables. We’ve got tomatoes, onions, green and red peppers in there – you could add even more if you like!
If you’re looking for more amazing salad ideas, take a look at these!
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How many Calories are in this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad?
There are 206 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.
This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad suitable for?
This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
You could also enjoy this pasta salad if you’re dairy free.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad?
This recipe has 2 Points per portion. It makes a really tasty lunch, and would also work well as a side dish, or as part of a BBQ spread – it’s so low in Points that you’ll have enough left for whatever you fancy!
How to make this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad
This pasta salad is really simple to make, and great to prepare ahead for a party, barbecue or picnic. Here’s a summary;
- Boil the Orzo with the turmeric until cooked
- Make the dressing
- Drain the Orzo and plunge into cold water to cool
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl
- Serve with your choice of accompaniment from the list below
What should you should serve with Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad?
Any of the following go really well with this pasta salad. It’s one of those dishes that goes with pretty much anything. You could even have it as a light lunch on its own!
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad?
You’ll need some Orzo pasta to make this recipe. It’s a type of pasta that looks like rice!
You can buy Orzo in most supermarkets. If you can’t get it, you could always use a different, small pasta shape – just adjust the cooking time according to the instructions on the packet.
Other than that, there’s nothing unusual in this pasta salad! In fact, you can really add whichever vegetables you like in it!
Can you cook Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad another way?
You need to cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.
How long can you keep Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad in the fridge?
Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat this dish within 4 hours.
If you want to keep any leftovers, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of this pasta salad in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad?
This recipe isn’t suitable for freezing.
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We are super excited to have released a 6 month food planner that works perfectly alongside our recipe book.
Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. Check out our cookbook page for more information!