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Spicy Tomato Basil Orzo Salad

  • Author: shaemakes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15-20 1x


A delicious orzo salad with a kick! Loaded with fresh tomatoes, basil and a light lemon dressing. Full of flavor but so simple!


  • 16 oz. package Orzo, cooked and drained
  • 3 cups tomatoes, cut into medium sized chunks
  • 1 cup basil, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika


  1. In a small bowl combine oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, cayenne and smoked paprika. Whisk until combined.
  2. In a large bowl add orzo, tomatoes and basil.
  3. Pour the dressing over top of the orzo and toss to combine.
  4. Taste and add more salt and cayenne as needed.
  5. Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Keywords: Orzo, Orzo Salad, Tomato Basil, Fresh Tomatoes, Tomato Basil Orzo Salad, Cold Salad, Garden Tomatoes, Fresh Basil