Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

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.

Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

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!

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.

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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; 

  • Orzo

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

Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

  • Make the dressing
  • Drain the Orzo and plunge into cold water to cool
  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl

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  • 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.

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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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206kcal 2

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  1. Place the Orzo in a decent sized pan, then add the turmeric. Cover with plenty of boiling, salted water, stir and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer until cooked
  2. Cook the Orzo, according to the pack instructions usually around 8 to 10 minutes
  3. Meanwhile make the dressing by mixing the red wine vinegar, oregano, lemon juice, Pickled veg juice, water and seasoning together well. Set aside
  4. Finely chop the onion, peppers, parsley and cut the tomatoes in half
  5. Remove the orzo from the heat, then plunge it into cold water to cool it down and stop it overcooking and clumping together. Drain it well
  6. Tip all of the ingredients into a large bowl, check the seasoning and add some more salt and pepper if necessary. Mix well and serve sprinkled with some more chopped fresh parsley

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    1. Hi Hilary
      We just use the pickling liquid from a jar of pickled veg or gherkins. The one we prefer to use is Melis Pickled Veg from Asda

    1. Hi Diane
      We just use the pickling liquid from a jar of pickled veg or gherkins. The one we use is Melis Pickled Veg from Asda

  1. I had been going to ask about the pickling liquid as well! Does it add a lot to the recipe? The only thing I have is pickled onions, would that do? Thanks!

    1. Hi Lynne
      Yes pickled onion liquid should be ok. We use it to bulk out the dressing rather than using olive oil (which is what is normally used in dressings)

    1. Hi Diane
      It’s become one of our favourites too! I think it’s much nicer than any shop bought orzo salad. We often have a tub in the fridge to snack on during the day

  2. I love the sound of this – really zingy, quick, fresh – a meal on its own for me with a side for my husband. Brilliant

  3. Made this for the first time tonight. Loved it. Never tasted Orzo before. Very colorful dish. Will definitely be on the weekly menu in this house. Thank you

    1. Hi Fran
      Orzo is widely available in supermarkets. It should be with the dried pasta shapes, fusilli, conchiglie, spaghetti, etc.

    1. Hi Carol!
      It will certainly keep for a couple of says in the fridge. Just pop it into a sealed container or a dish covered with cling film. This will stop it drying out. I’d suggest giving it a stir before serving to distribute the dressing evenly.

    1. Hi Mandy
      You could use a white wine vinegar or cider vinegar instead. Avoid using malt vinegar (chip shop vinegar!) as it’s a bit too harsh for this recipe. 🙂

    1. Hi Elizabeth
      We’ve had lots of people who’ve made this recipe with rice, so I’d imagine that this would work too. Let us know how you get on. 🙂

    2. Made this for the first time today for my mum going to eat it tomorrow with some fresh salmon for mothers day! It looks fabulous and smells divine! Cant wait to have it for lunch xx

    1. Hi Zoe
      We haven’t tried freezing this one, so we are unable to give it a freezer symbol. The raw tomatoes, peppers, onions and herbs wouldn’t really freeze successfully, so you’re better to make it fresh. Hope that helps!

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