Rating: 4.22 stars
85 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1

A take on a traditional Caprese, but modified into a light summer pasta salad that goes great with anything off the grill, or just on its own. When I eat it on its own, I sometimes add about a cup of any chunked, cold sausage (I suggest pepperoni or a lighter summer sausage). Any pasta is fine, but I like the orzo's size.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in the orzo, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, but still firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain well, and let cool.

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  • Mix the mozzarella cheese cubes, tomatoes, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt with olive oil in a salad bowl. Gently mix in the orzo pasta, and toss lightly to coat the ingredients with oil.

Nutrition Facts

370 calories; protein 16g; carbohydrates 42.5g; fat 14.4g; cholesterol 35.4mg; sodium 69mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (55)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2010
Awesome and so easy! Since other reviewers said this was too bland I just mixed the orzo mozzarella vine ripe tomatoes and fresh basil with a little Italian dressing. Worked like a charm. Didn't need the red pepper olive oil or anything else but make sure the mozzarella tomatoes and basil are fresh!! Otherwise there isn't any point of making this type of dish. Very good salad! Read More
(67)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/09/2010
We all liked this salad but like others thought it needed something more. Next time I'm going to try adding some lemon juice and some minced garlic. Read More
(22)
85 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2010
Awesome and so easy! Since other reviewers said this was too bland I just mixed the orzo mozzarella vine ripe tomatoes and fresh basil with a little Italian dressing. Worked like a charm. Didn't need the red pepper olive oil or anything else but make sure the mozzarella tomatoes and basil are fresh!! Otherwise there isn't any point of making this type of dish. Very good salad! Read More
(67)
Rating: 4 stars
08/14/2009
The simple beautiful and fresh Caprese salad is perfection on a plate in my view. Vine-ripened tomatoes just-picked basil and fresh mozzarella (the colors of the Italian flag) is a flavorful combination. Orzo which we typically used as soup pasta as I grew up has gained enormous popularity in delis and homes everywhere as a side dish be it hot cold or room temperature. It would seem then that pairing the orzo with the Caprese would be a match made in heaven. But while hubs and I did enjoy this we both felt it fell a little short of perfection needing something we couldn't quite put our fingers on. Lemon juice maybe? I did leave out the red pepper flakes and had I included it I think a teaspoon would be WAY overkill. Tip: Basil oxidizes and turns black quickly after cutting. I found that coating it with a little olive oil first helps prevent that! This was definitely a decent pasta salad but I think maybe I just prefer my Caprese salad straight up! Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2009
MMM...this is one of my favorite recipes! We take it to all of our summer events. Yum yum. Add pine nuts for a little twist. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2010
I was looking for a pasta salad made with Orzo and came across this one... Just completed making it but on advice of others added the juice of 1 lemon to the olive oil as well as cracked pepper and sea salt.... The dressing was so so good! I decided as well to add chopped red onion and toasted pine nuts... the result.... DELICIOUS! Thanks so much for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/09/2010
We all liked this salad but like others thought it needed something more. Next time I'm going to try adding some lemon juice and some minced garlic. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2010
I thought that this was an overall great recipe. Sure it may lack some flavor but that can easily be fixed by adding an extra sprinkle of salt and/or pepper or some garlic pepper. The first time I made this I used a marinated mozzarella cheese from Trader Joes. It was marinated with red pepper flakes and olive oil. The second time I just used regular fresh mozzarella. I like to cut mine into small squares and I use roma tomatos. I made this several times and it makes a great light side dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2009
I made it the night before and while it was okay I think it would be better to make it fresh and serve it immediately. I also found it a little bland so I served it with Balsamic vinegar and that gave it a lot more flavor. Otherwise it was excellent. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2010
Nice light salad perfect for summer. After cooking I rinsed the orzo in cold water and served at room temp. If orzo is still warm the cheese begins to melt and it gets clumpy. Start with 1/2-2/3 of the red pepper then add to taste. I also added a little garlic and pepper as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2009
Made with penne pasta wonderful simple & easy! Read More
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