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My Darling Vegan
Cucumber Lemon Orzo Salad

Lighten up with this refreshing Cucumber Lemon Orzo Salad. Made with fresh herbs, Persian cucumbers, and toasted pine nuts, this salad is then tossed with a lemon garlic dressing. Made in 20 minutes! 

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 319 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
  • 2 cups dry orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 cup arugula, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup packed parsley, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh mint, minced
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  1. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic in a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water for 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain the orzo well and transfer it to a large bowl. Toss with olive oil/lemon juice mixture and place in the refrigerator to cool.

  3. Prepare the vegetables and herbs.

  4. Toss the cucumbers, arugula, herbs, and pine nuts with the orzo. Add salt and pepper and return to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with fresh lemon wedges and freshly ground pepper.

Recipe Notes

Serving and Storing - Let this salad chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. This salad is best if it can be made several hours in advance, allowing the flavors to soak all the way into the pasta. Serve this lemon orzo salad as a light lunch or part of a larger dinner. It pairs well with a Lemon Pepper Cauliflower Steaks or these 4-Ingredient Portobello Steaks. Store uneaten salad in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Variations - this salad will work with other kinds of pasta if you prefer. If you are going to use another kind of pasta, I recommend anything that is small such as elbow pasta or small shells.


Nutrition Facts
Calories Per Serving: 319
% Daily Value
Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Protein 9g 18%
Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 10mg
Potassium 308mg 9%
Fiber 3g 13%
Sugar 3g 3%
Vitamin A 735IU 15%
Vitamin C 14.2mg 17%
Calcium 44mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%