Easy Kiwi Summer Salad (Orzo Salad)

Kiwi summer salad(orzo pasta salad) with orzo, beets, peas, mint, feta, honey and lemon.

Looking for an easy, delicious summer salad? This easy kiwi summer salad (Orzo Pasta Salad) recipe is a fabulous side to practically any meal. We lived in New Zealand for a time (and thus the name of the salad) and my mother-in-law, who is still there and is a very good cook, made lots of delicious salads for us.

Kiwi Summer Salad (orzo salad) is one of them. The flavours of beets, mint, peas, orzo and feta combined with a honey lemon vinaigrette is so uniquely refreshing and makes for a wonderful pasta salad recipe.

Not every summer salad needs to be on a bed of greens. This flavor explosion is so hearty it could almost be a main dish! Try something refreshingly different with this Kiwi summer salad. This orzo salad recipe makes a healthy and delicious addition to your meal planning for the week.

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What is Orzo?

Orzo is a type of pasta that looks like a large grain of rice. It’s a versatile pasta that is easy to prepare and takes very little time to cook. Just like all pastas, orzo is cooked by boiling in water (or in chicken broth) until al dente. You may use orzo instead of rice or pasta in many dishes.

Kiwi summer salad(orzo pasta salad)-orzo before cooking
Orzo (before boiling in water)
Kiwi summer salad(orzo pasta salad)-orzo after cooking.
Orzo (after boiling in water for 10 minutes)

You will need:

Kiwi summer salad(orzo pasta salad)ingredients-peas, beets, orzo, red onion, olive oil, lemon juice, feta cheese, mint, and honey.

Kiwi Summer Salad


1 cup orzo pasta

1 cup frozen peas

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed is best)

1 Tbsp liquid honey

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup chopped mint or parsley

410g can of beets, drained

1/4 – 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin

100 g feta, crumbled


Cook orzo as per package instructions. Drain well and place in bowl. Cook peas; drain and set aside to cool.

Mix olive oil, lemon juice, honey, mint and salt. Toss through the orzo pasta. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Just before serving, stir in the drained beets, peas, feta and red onion.

Serves 4

Kiwi summer salad(orzo pasta salad) with orzo, beets, peas, mint, feta, honey and lemon.

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