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cold pasta salad in a gray bowl

Cold Orzo Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Author: Allison Olivia
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


A refreshing summer salad full of cold pasta, sweet corn, marinated tomatoes, and a zesty lemon vinaigrette!



Pasta Salad:

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3/4 cup corn
  • 1/23/4 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1 pint marinated cherry tomatoes, halved (or regular diced tomatoes is fine too)
  • 1 1/2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1 ripe avocado, cubed, for the top
  • Salt to taste
  • Mozzarella pearls (optional)


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

Marinated tomatoes:

  • 1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Prep: (hours before serving or the day before):

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan.
  2. Pour in the uncooked orzo and turn down to medium and cover partially with a lid.
  3. Cook pasta for roughly 7-10 minutes or until pasta is cooked through.
  4. Drain the orzo and rinse with cold water well.
  5. Store in a bowl with a little olive oil (to keep it from sticking together)
  6. Store for 3 hours in the fridge or until pasta is cold.

Marinated Tomatoes:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a small bowl, cover and let marinate for 3 hours or overnight.

Cold Pasta Salad:

  1. Place the orzo, corn, red onion, tomatoes, chicken, and mozzarella pearls in one large bowl and toss together.
  2. Add avocado on top when serving
  3. Drizzle the lemon vinaigrette on each individual serving (to keep it from getting soggy)


  1. Combine all ingredients into a mason jar or bowl and mix vigorously.
  2. Pour over a serving of cold pasta salad
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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