Mediterranean-Style Orzo Salad With Corn

Total Time
Prep 50 mins
Cook 8 mins

DH and I really enjoyed this flavorful orzo salad from my Stonewall Kitchen "Harvest" cookbook. I served it as a side to Bobby Flay's Grilled Quesadillas With Feta, Spinach, and Olive-Lemon Relish 426408, for a nice meatless meal. DH and I agreed that we could see this really being a hit at summer BBQs. Interestingly, while the zip of the vinegar was really nice and pronounced when I served it shortly after making, the flavor was less intense when I had some for leftovers the next day, so I would plan on eating this salad the same day to get the most flavor from it. We didn't make with the edible flowers. We chilled for about 30-40 minutes before serving. Prep time includes chill time in the fridge--I read the directions below to mean chill for 30 minutes before serving it, but maybe I was reading it wrong? Either way it was good!.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 7 minutes, or until tender. Drain well and transfer to a large serving bowl.
  2. Add the corn, red pepper, olives and scallions and toss well. Add the basil, capers, parsley, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and gently toss. (The salad can be made about 2 hours ahead of time. Cover and refrigerate until 30 minutes before serving.) Decorate the salad with the edible flowers right before serving.
Most Helpful

This is a wonderful orzo salad. Next time I'll add more corn as it gave a great taste. Everything is perfect. I used also red wine vinegar. Thanks Dr. Jenny :) Made for ZWT 9

Boomette July 23, 2013

Great salad! I made 1/2 the recipe and there is enough left that I can have it a few more times (I am the only one in the family that ate it). I used canned corn since it is not fresh corn season and dried basil since I forgot to pick some up at the store. I made this about 3 hours before dinner and it mixed together well; just needed to add a little more salt and pepper before serving. Served with Grilled Quesadillas With Feta, Spinach, and Olive-Lemon Relish 426408 as suggested. Made for Spring PAC 2013.

AZPARZYCH March 29, 2013

I cut this in half and used canned (vacuum packed) corn. I found it to be fairly bland after first combining so I added some leftover balsamic dressing from another recipe and found it much more tasty. I think some feta cheese would be a nice addition and perhaps some tomatoes. Thanks for sharing!

flower7 July 01, 2011