Lemon Dill Orzo Salad

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Every summer my family uses our grill for most dinners – so the meat is usually easy to figure out. So then it becomes all about the side dishes – what can I do with the side dishes to keep it interesting? That’s how I came up with this Lemon Dill Orzo Salad. I was trying to develop something that was still a cold salad but not just some greens and veggies.

Lemon Dill Orzo Salad
Lemon Dill Orzo Pasta

This salad is perfect for potlucks and picnics because it travels very well and actually gets better the longer you let it sit once you combine everything. It is super easy to put together quickly – you can basically prep all the veggies and make the dressing in the time it takes for the bacon bits to crisp up and the orzo to cook.

Prepping the cucumbers is an important step in the process though. You want to make sure that you remove all the seeds from the cucumber so that you don’t end up with a soggy mess of an Orzo Salad. First you want to peel the cucumber, then cut in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and then cut the cucumber into chunks. It takes an extra minute or two but it is so worth it!

The versatility of this side dish is another great selling point. It can go with pretty much any protein – grilled chicken, steaks, burgers, grilled pork, even shrimp or fish. And the Orzo just makes it sound more fancy! If you need more side dish ideas check out my Side Dishes & Sauces Recipe Collection.

I think this dish will definitely be a great addition to your potluck menu collection. If you like this recipe and want to get more like it, you can purchase the Homemade on a Weeknight Cookbook in Paperback or Kindle (eBook) versions through Amazon.

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Lemon Dill Orzo Salad

Lemon Dill Orzo Salad

A perfect side dish for any picnic, potluck or backyard BBQ!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Orzo Pasta
  • ½ lb Bacon cut in ½ in pieces
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers diced
  • ½ Red Onion diced
  • 1 English Cucumber peeled, seeded, diced

For the Dressing

  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Coarse Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Dill
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Parsley

Instructions
 

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta
  • In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add bacon piece and cook until crispy. Remove to a plate with a paper towel and let cool until ready to add to salad
  • Add orzo to boiling water and cook as directed on package. Drain and rinse with cool water to arrest cooking process.
  • In a large serving bowl, zest both lemons and then juice both lemons. Add all ingredients for the dressing and whisk together.
  • Fold orzo into dressing until well coated. Then add in bacon and vegetables. Serve right away or cover and put in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Keyword Orzo Salad, Pasta Salad, Salad, Side Dish
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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

2 thoughts on “Lemon Dill Orzo Salad

  1. That sounds so yummy! We like to grill a lot in summer too and I’m always on the lookout for new salads and sides to prepare with them. Thanks for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

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