Tomato, Orzo and Chickpea Salad

By • June 18, 2011 • 15 Comments



Author Notes: I love making pasta with a raw sauce of fresh tomatoes and a few other ingredients. I took the same concept and created this pasta salad adding a few other ingredients which can withstand the heat. Served cold or at "picnic" temperature it's an inexpensive great side or a wonderful vegetarian meal and can easily be doubled to serve a big crowd.
Marinating the tomatoes for 2 to 3 hours creates the dressing.
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Makes about 8 cups

  • 4 cups seeded diced tomatoes
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic crushed in a garlic press
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups cooked and rinsed garbanzo beans (or one 14-15 ounce can, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1 cup diced English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup sliced Kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a medium bowl combine the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, crushed red pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Park the mixture on the counter for 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions.Drain and rinse.
  3. After the 2 to 3 hours "marinating" time, combine the tomatoes, garbanzo beans, cucumber, orzo and olives. Stir in the parsley and basil. Re-season with salt and pepper. Chill until ready to take to the picnic.
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12 months ago JanetFL

Fantastic! Love the ingredients and love that I can add grilled chicken to make it a main-dish salad for those of us who cannot do without meat. Thank you!!!!

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12 months ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Janet! Grilled chicken sounds perfect!

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over 1 year ago Laura Abbasi

My husband and I gobbled up this fresh, delicious salad. The only changes we made were to use canned fire roasted tomatoes and we did not use olives. We were too impatient to let the dish sit as long as it should have and it was still fantastic, although I do believe it would have benefitted from "marinating" a longer. Will definitely be making this again. Can't wait for picnic season!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Laura! Yep.. when the tomatoes are at their peak it's fantastic!!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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This salad contains everything you need all in one delicious salad. I love orzo!!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks suzanne!

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about 3 years ago GiGi26

This looks wonderful and sounds really refreshing. Will be trying it soon. Garbonzo Beans are one of very few legumes my other half likes! Then again I may not share. :-)

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about 3 years ago GiGi26

Garbanzo Beans...........ooops typeo

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

It really is refreshing...thanks for the comment! Hope he enjoys..

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Love that this is vegetarian and so loaded with protein, too. Fresh veggies add so much.

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you...and I would have tagged vegan save for the fact that my orzo was made in a plant that uses eggs.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

There ae so many beautiful and creative salads I think this is a whole meal. So beautiful and I am sure absoulutely delicious.

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much!

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about 3 years ago aargersi

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I would eat all of this and not share with the other picnic-ers

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Well we're no sharing...but I am experimenting with some chicken to serve on the "side"! Thank you !