Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad

  • 10MINS
  • 10MINS
  • 206KCAL

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.

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories206
  • Carbs43g
  • Protein7g
  • Fat1g
  • Saturates0.1g
  • Sugars4g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

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.

We also love this Orza Primavera Pasta Salad when served alongside a wide range of different dishes including our slimming friendly kebabs!  If you’ve never had orzo before, then it may look like rice but it’s actually a small, flat pasta – it makes a fab change to the usual penne or fusilli pasta!

This Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad is seriously loaded with tasty vegetables! We’ve put tomatoes, onions, green and red peppers in there but you could add even more if you like!

What diets is this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad suitable for?

This Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad is suitable for vegetarian and dairy free diets.

It can be made gluten free by swapping the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Orzo

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad recipe?

  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad?

You can buy orzo in most supermarkets. If you can’t get it, then you could always use a different, small pasta shape – just remember to adjust the cooking time according to the instructions on the packet.

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How many calories are in this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad?

There are 206 calories per portion in this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

This Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad 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 could I serve with this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad?

This Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad is the perfect accompaniment to any of the following dishes:

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How do you know when this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad is cooked?

You’ll need to cook the orzo for this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad according to the pack instructions which should take around 8 to 10 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad in the fridge?

You can keep leftovers of Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad in the fridge, in a container with a lid for approximately 3 days or so.

Can you freeze this Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad?

No, we wouldn’t recommend freezing this recipe.

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Orzo Primavera Pasta Salad

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.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 206
  • Carbs 43G
WW Points
  • 2 Green
  • 2 Blue
  • 2 Purple

Ingredients

  • 200 g orzo
  • 14 cherry tomatoes we used a selection pack with 4 different types
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/4 red pepper
  • 1/4 green pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp pickled vegetable juice the pickling liquid from a jar of pickles
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp water

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Instructions

  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 from 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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LizzieFriday 25th January 2019

How long would this keep ie for weekday lunches?

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