Orzo Salad with Sauteed Green Beans and Tomatoes

Sometimes the easiest of side dishes are the best compliment to a piece of meat or fish.  This Orzo Salad with Sauteed Green Beans and Tomatoes can be served with just about anything.

If you are looking for a salad that can be served hot or cold this is it! I actually love the combination of hot and cold in this salad, especially with the lemon dressing.

I prepared the orzo and green beans at the same time in different pans. The orzo takes about 9 minutes in boiling water and the green beans take about 10 minutes in a little olive oil in a skillet.

I used about an entire pound of green beans. Washed them, cut the ends off and then cut it in half again to create bite sized pieces.

After I sauteed these green beans, I immediately put them in ice water to blanch them. This keeps them this gorgeous green color.

Once cooled, I combined the green beans and tomatoes. Then added the drained and cooled orzo.

Add the lemon dressing, parsley, and some fresh Parmesan cheese.

This amazing salad is the perfect compliment to a brisket, some bbq chicken or even some fish. I love this salad for summer.

Orzo Salad with Sauteed Green Beans & Tomatoes




Yield 4-6 Servings

This light, fresh Orzo Salad with Sauteed Green Beans and Tomatoes is the perfect compliment to any summer dish.


  • 10 ounces Orzo
  • 1 lb. Fresh Green Beans, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Lemon, juiced and zested
  • 6 tablespoons Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley, minced
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated


  1. Add a pinch of salt to boiling water for the Orzo pasta and cook for about 9 minutes (follow instructions on box)
  2. At the same time, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and saute the green beans for about 10 minutes or until you get the desired texture you want.  Season the green beans with a little salt and pepper while it cooking
  3. Once the green beans are finished immediately put them in cold ice water to blanch them.  This will stop the cooking process and let cool
  4. Drain the orzo completely
  5. In a separate measuring cup, mix 4 tablespoons olive oil, the juice of the lemon, the zest of the lemon, the minced garlic and salt & pepper
  6. Combine the tomatoes, green beans and orzo in a serving bowl and add the lemon dressing, mix well
  7. Sprinkle the parsley and parmesan cheese on top
  8. Serve


You can substitute asparagus for the green beans.

Courses Salads, Sides

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