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Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad in a white bowl garnished with balsamic and basil
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Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe

Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad is a light and refreshing side dish, made with orzo pasta, grape tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil. This easy orzo pasta salad is so quick to make, perfect to take to a picnic or get-together.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: caprese orzo pasta salad, easy orzo salad, tomato mozzarella pasta salad
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Servings: 6
Calories: 349kcal
Author: Meeta Arora


  • 8 oz Orzo pasta 1/2 box
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 pint Grape Tomatoes washed and sliced into half
  • 6 oz Fresh Mozzarella pearls
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil leaves torn into small pieces or chiffonade
  • Balsamic Glaze optional



  • Cook the orzo according to package directions until al dente. Drain the orzo and let it cool slightly. Or cook the orzo in the pressure cooker. Transfer the orzo pasta into a large bowl and toss with a tablespoon of olive oil so it doesn't stick together.
  • Prepare the dressing. Add all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk together until well mixed.
  • Add tomatoes, mozzarella pearls and basil leaves to the pasta bowl.
  • Pour the vinaigrette and toss until combined. Adjust salt and pepper if needed.
  • Enjoy right away or refrigerate for about 30 minutes until chilled. The orzo pasta soaks up the dressing if you make it ahead, which gives it great flavor. 
  • (Optional) Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze just before serving.


Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 305mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 954IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 1mg