Mexican Orzo Salad

Pasta Salad: good on the side or perfect for a light meal.

There are so many different types of pasta salad, how do you choose just one!?

This Mexican Pasta Salad is delicious enough to count as a light summertime meal while still being healthy (and vegetarian). Often you see pasta salad made with big chunky pastas but this version switches it up a little allowing the other fresh summer flavors a chance to shine!

Enjoy this pasta salad along side of some steak or even pack it up in a bowl with some forks and enjoy it on a picnic (to your favorite lake while riding jet skis) as we did recently. As the last of this salad got spooned into his mouth, Rich asked if I was hiding any more in the fridge for him for the next day. I think the fact that he was craving more for leftovers as soon as he finished it says something. So please join me in making this soon & let me know if your people like it as much as my people (person?) did!


Mexican Orzo Pasta Salad

Inspired by the beautiful photos at Food Iddy
  • 1 Cup Cooked Orzo (about 1/2 a box)
  • 1 Can Whole-Kernel Corn (or about a cup of frozen/fresh)
  • approx 12 Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 Green Onions, sliced
  • 1 Can Black Beans (15 oz.), rinse and drained
  • 1/4 Cup Fat Buttermilk
  • 3 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 3 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Sour Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil Mayonnaise
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed or minced (or 1 T powder)
  • Toppings: Avocado cut into wedges and more fresh cilantro

Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and rinse. Place orzo, corn, tomatoes, green onions, and black beans into a large bowl and toss.

Mix your spices in with your “dressing” wet ingredients. Toss it all together on top of your solids. Give it a good taste (and repeat just to be sure). Adjust and add any seasonings as needed.

One Year Ago – another Pasta Salad – Tuna Pasta Salad, a great recipe I grew up with

And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What is your favorite kind of pasta salad (type of pasta/dressing style/etc)?


6 Comments to “Mexican Orzo Salad”

  1. Your orzo salad sounds terrific and packed with flavor.

  2. Oh, my . . . that looks lovely! And I’ll take any reason to add avocado to a meal 🙂

  3. Ahh such wonderful photos you take!

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