With savory Greek-inspired flavors, this Mediterranean Chickpea Orzo Salad is a perfect vegetarian side salad for your next dinner or barbecue!
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By this point of summer, I'm usually well on my way to being obsessed with side salads. Anything perfect for a barbecue or relaxed weeknight dinner is almost always on my mind. This Mediterranean Chickpea and Orzo Salad is no exception.
With a light and easy Mediterranean salad dressing recipe, olives, feta cheese, and veggies, it's a light and simple chickpea salad.
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A chickpea salad you can easily make vegan (just remove the feta cheese) and that's forgiving with the type of vegetables you include in it. Don't have cucumber on hand? This Mediterranean salad is awesome with green beans (as I did), broccoli, or even just extra spinach!
Any way you make it, this salad is satisfying, healthy, and can easily feed up to 8. It's easy to double for a crowd, keeps well in the fridge, and is easily portable for any of your upcoming summer barbecues, picnics, or just because you feel like it.
This Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is...
- A good source of vegetarian protein
- High in gut-healthy fiber
- Full of heart-healthy fats
- Easy and quick to make
- Perfect for leftovers
- Perfect for weeknight dinners and barbecues alike.
With the ease of cooking and the nutritional benefits it has, this Mediterranean chickpea salad recipe is one you just can't pass up.
Question and Answers About Chickpea & Orzo Salad:
Is orzo healthier than rice?
Depends on what criteria you are evaluating orzo by, but it's low in fat and a good source of carbohydrates, just like rice. It is a processed carbohydrate, however, so on its own it will digest faster and affect your blood sugar more than would brown rice. White rice will have a similar effect on your blood sugar, though.
Tossing the orzo with garbanzo beans, olive oil, olives, vegetables, and feta cheese, however, adds in healthy fats, protein, and fiber, to make this Mediterranean orzo salad more slow-digesting and healthy, however.
How long does orzo salad last in the fridge?
Orzo salad should last covered in the fridge for 3-5 days. You can also freeze the salad in individual serving size containers and defrost in the fridge for a day or so before serving.
Is orzo eaten hot or cold?
You can eat orzo either way, depending on the dish. In this dish, however, I recommend eating it cold or lukewarm. To reach this effect, we'll be rinsing the orzo with cool water after cooking it in order to cool it down.
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