Have some leftover salmon from last night’s dinner? Salmon Orzo Pasta Salad is a great option! Not only is it easy to toss together, but it is full of vegetables and big bold flavors that we all loved.
Easy Salmon Orzo Pasta Salad
The end of the season’s harvest of cucumbers, tomatoes, and spinach are so fantastic in this salad. Basically whatever you like goes with this delicious pasta salad that is good no matter what time of year it is.
With my Greek Freak vinaigrette, this pasta salad is bright, bold, and packed with spinach, olives, tomatos, and allll the feta cheese. Not to mention beautiful with all of the bright colors!
Check Out My Grilled Salmon Recipe here!
I know, it’s almost time for good old comfort food with the leaves starting to turn and the temperature starting to cool, but why not hang on to summer as long as we can!
Pasta salads are always a mainstay for us at summer barbecues, but I also like to include them as sides for fall cooking, and this pasta salad packed full of protein is perfect for an easy, satisfying lunch.
This pasta salad features salmon that was grilled on our wood-pellet grill and features one of my favorite seasoning mixes in existence, Mediterranean Blend seasoning by Spiceology. (Not sponsored! Just love them! Also, did you know a food blogger co-founded that company? So amazing!)
Serve this Easy Salmon Orzo Pasta Salad as a main dish with warm crusty bread, or pack in a lunch box for a great protein packed lunch or snack.
Easy Salmon Recipes
You guys probably already know about all of the health benefits that salmon packs, you’re sure to love some ideas on how to use the leftovers.
Delicious and easy salmon recipes:
Want to freeze your leftover salmon?
I recommend flaking your salmon and vacuum sealers, in heavy-duty freezer bags (bonus points for sucking out as much of the air as possible), or wrap it tightly in heavy duty aluminum foil. It will keep for 4-6 months in the freezer.
If you aren’t so into frozen fish, some other delicious ideas for leftover salmon are salmon stuffed mushrooms, salmon cakes, salmon salad sandwiches, and salmon fried rice.
What is Orzo pasta?
The word “Orzo” is Italian for barley. It gets its name because of its grain-like shape. Don’t be fooled, it is not a grain or rice.
At 200 calories per 2-ounce serving, it provides 2 grams of fiber. (Portion hack! 1/3 cup of dry Orzo, a 2-ounce serving, equals 4/5 cup cooked pasta). Choose whole wheat and the fiber content goes up to almost 6 grams.
Orzo pasta is so versatile you can prepare more than you need for this dish, and then use the extra to make another of my go-to side dishes such as:
Great ideas for tomorrow night’s dinner side or lunch for the kids!
I also have soup ideas here and orzo pasta is delicious in any soup that calls for pasta. Don’t feel like making homemade noodles? Whip up a batch of this homemade turkey noodle soup (you can use chicken too) and toss in some orzo instead of dumplings or homemade noodles.
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- 2 cups uncooked orzo
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 handful baby spinach
- 1 small English cucumber, peeled and seeded and diced
- 1 cup crumbled feta
- 1/4 cup kalamata olives
- 1/4 cup diced red bell peppers
- 1 cup Greek Freak Dressing*
- 1 medium filet grilled salmon (with
- Start a pot of well-salted water to boil. Make sure it is well-salted! It should taste like the sea.
- Boil the orzo according to package directions, drain and rinse in cold water.
- Toss the orzo with the cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, cucumber, feta, olives, and bell peppers.
- Pour dressing over and toss gently.
- Chunk grilled salmon and serve on top or alongside.
- You can sub a premade Greek vinaigrette if you don't want to make your own. A good Italian would also work!