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.

Orzo Salad with Roasted Carrots and Almonds on plate
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 cups


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Serve orzo mixture with carrots, almonds, chicken, feta, and dressing. Top with fresh mint.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

589 Calories
29g Fat
54g Carbs
32g Protein
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.

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