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.
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.