Orzo & mozzarella salad

Orzo & mozzarella salad

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 8 mins


Serves 4
This Mediterranean-inspired pasta salad makes a fresh and vibrant addition to any picnic, barbecue or buffet

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal742
  • fat40g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs71g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein29g
  • salt1.25g
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  • 350g orzo or other tiny pasta shape
  • 20g pack basil



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 25g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), finely grated, plus more to serve, if you like



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 1 garlic clove, very roughly chopped
  • 50g toasted pine nuts
  • 290g pack bocconcini (baby mozzarella balls)
  • 100g semi-dried tomatoes, very roughly chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 50g bag wild rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…


  1. Boil the orzo for 8 mins until tender, then drain and cool under cold water. Drain again, then tip into a large bowl. Meanwhile, tear the basil, stalks and all, into a food processor. Add the oil, Parmesan, garlic and half the pine nuts, then whizz to a thick pesto-like dressing.

  2. Stir the dressing through the orzo, then season. The dressing will seem quite thick, but keep stirring and it will eventually coat all the grains. Add the bocconcini, tomatoes and a handful of the rocket. Scatter with the remaining pine nuts and a little more Parmesan, if you like. Top with more rocket, then serve straight away.

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8th Aug, 2016
Love this recipe, really nice for a picnic!
2nd Jan, 2013
Will try it when we have a braai. Like the idea of using lots of rocket.maybe a bit of chopped chilli.
2nd Jan, 2013
Will try it when we have a braai. Like the idea of using lots of rocket.maybe a bit of chopped chilli.
2nd Jan, 2013
Forgot to rate! Will try this warm too.
2nd Jan, 2013
Fantastic pasta salad (lovin Orzo at the mo) served on boxing day as part of a buffet. Kids loved it. Did it again for NYEve. Stirred in loads of rocket, very tasty & very healthy.
25th Aug, 2010
Very rich, but OK if served with something fairly plain like chicken breasts.
Frantic Flapjack
27th Jul, 2010
This salad had good textures. If I make again, I will try feta cheese instead of the mozzarella for more flavour.
24th Jul, 2010
Delicious. Made as part of a barbecue for 6 and had plently left over for lunch the next day
14th Jul, 2010
I put in half the amount of mozzarella and omitted the parmesan and it was lovely. Have it with a green side-salad and it's filling enough.
1st Jul, 2010
Looks lovely but 742 cals is very very high for a salad.
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