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Orzo Salad with Cannellini Beans and Olives

By Angie McGowan |

Orzo Salad with Cannellini Beans and Olives

It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I first discovered orzo. I love cooking with it, because it’s a pasta you can cook like rice. For this recipe, I used the orzo to make a sort of Italian “rice” salad, but with orzo pasta. Last summer, I was crazy about rice salads. And now that the heat is here again, I can’t stop thinking about them. It’s something my whole family loves. They’re more filling than simple salads, and can easily be made vegetarian. This is not only a healthier option for our family, but also helps our grocery budget.

For this recipe I used cannellini beans, tomatoes and lots of olives. I also added some fresh flat leaf parsely and spring onions to liven up and balance out the canned goods in this dish.

Orzo Salad with Cannellini Beans and Olives


1 lb package orzo pasta
4 cups chicken broth
1 – 15 oz can, rinsed and drained, black olives, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons capers
1/2 cup pimento stuffed olives, roughly chopped
1 – 15 oz can, rinsed and drained Cannellini beans
a large bunch of spring onions, sliced
a large bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 – 3 tablespoons olive oil


1. Bring chicken stock to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Add orzo and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 8-10 minutes. Turn heat off and let rest for 5-10 minutes.

2. Add black olives, capers, pimento stuffed olives, Cannellini beans, spring onions, parsley, grape tomatoes, and feta cheese to a large bowl. Add orzo and mix well. Drizzle with olive oil. Serve warm, or room temperature.

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About Angie McGowan


Angie McGowan

Angie McGowan was a contributing blogger to Babble’s Family Kitchen, a daily food blog with recipes from her kitchen. She currently creates fun recipes for Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and many other companies. You can find more of her recipes on her personal blog, Eclectic Recipes.

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2 thoughts on “Orzo Salad with Cannellini Beans and Olives

  1. Cookin' Canuck says:

    This is my kind of salad. Fantastic flavor from the olives and feta.

  2. redkathy says:

    Oh Angie this looks fabulous! I love orzo too, it’s just so darn versatile! I once made a mac n cheese paella with orzo instead of rice.

    Hope all is well with you and the family!

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