Recipes and Cooking Orzo Salad with Roasted Carrots and Almonds When you combine savory, hearty, crispy, and tangy all in one bowl, magic happens. Toss this 30-minute meal together for dinner tonight. By Colleen Weeden Colleen Weeden As a food expert, Colleen Weeden has written extensively for Better Homes & Gardens. From airfryer tips to advice on how to poach an egg, she shares her passion for food with practical, easy-to-follow tips. She has also contributed to Midwest Living magazine. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on June 16, 2020 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Blaine Moats Hands On Time: 15 mins Total Time: 30 mins Servings: 4 Yield: 6 cups Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients ¼ cup olive oil 8 ounce uncooked orzo pasta 2 cup water 1 large lemon, zested and juiced 4 carrots, peeled and chopped ½ cup almonds, coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 tablespoon chopped fresh mint 2 cup shredded cooked chicken ¼ cup cubed or crumbled feta cheese Directions Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a shallow baking pan with foil. In a 10-inch skillet heat 1 Tbsp. of the oil over medium. Add orzo. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until toasted. Add the water, 1 tsp. of the lemon zest, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 12 to 15 minutes or until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, place carrots on one side of prepared pan. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. of the oil and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Roast, uncovered, 15 minutes or until tender, stirring once. Add almonds to the other side of pan the last 5 minutes. For vinaigrette, in a small bowl whisk together remaining oil and zest, the lemon juice, sugar, mustard, and 1/8 tsp. each salt and pepper. Stir in half the mint. Serve orzo mixture with carrots, almonds, chicken, feta, and dressing. Top with fresh mint. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 589 Calories 29g Fat 54g Carbs 32g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 4 Calories 589 % Daily Value * Total Fat 29g 37% Saturated Fat 5g 25% Cholesterol 71mg 24% Sodium 710mg 31% Total Carbohydrate 54g 20% Total Sugars 7g Protein 32g Vitamin C 9.7mg 49% Calcium 126mg 10% Iron 3.9mg 22% Potassium 501mg 11% Folate, total 30.2mcg Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg Vitamin B-6 0.5mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.