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Mediterranean Inspired Orzo Salad

The “Mediterranean Diet” puts the spotlight on fruits, veggies, beans and whole grains.


  • 2 cups whole wheat orzo, uncooked
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 1 stem of broccoli, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 can (around 1 cup) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3-4 ounces firm salty cheese such as ricotta salata, manouri or halloumi cheese*
  • Fresh mint, chives and parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and garlic powder, to taste
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Olive oil, to taste


Together: Prep ingredients.
Adults: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Together: Add the chopped broccoli stems and cook for 1 minute. Add in the chopped broccoli florets and cook for an additional 40 seconds.
Adults: Scoop out the stems and florets with a sieve or slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl of ice water for around a minute to stop it from cooking further. Then transfer them to a large kitchen towel to drain.
Adults: Return the water to a boil and add some olive oil. Cook the orzo according to the directions on the package and drain.
Together: Return the orzo to the pot. Add the broccoli, carrot, tomatoes, beans, cheese, herbs, olive oil, lime juice and zest and spices. Mix together. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. *You can also use feta cheese in this recipe, but it will likely melt and become a creamy sauce if the pasta and broccoli are still warm.

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About this Recipe
  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
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