When I make this, everyone always wants the recipe. I hope you enjoy this pasta salad with your favorite dishes or as a side for your BBQ.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
25 mins
1 hr 20 mins
1 hr 55 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring water, orzo, and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until orzo is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Rinse orzo under cold water and scrape into a large bowl. Let cool for 20 minutes.

  • Stir in green onions, celery, cranberries, lemon juice, sesame oil, vinegar, olive oil, and cayenne pepper. Let stand at room temperature until flavors blend, about 1 hour. Stir in pecans and cilantro before serving.

Nutrition Facts

354 calories; protein 9.2g 18% DV; carbohydrates 52.1g 17% DV; fat 13.3g 21% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 93mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
4.7.19 Scaled this down to four servings and made exactly as written. Although I loved the combo of ingredients I thought flavor was a bit flat and needed more dressing. So I mixed up more dressing stirred it in and that really brought it up to 5 stars for our taste preferences. You get a pop of sweetness from the cranberries a hint of sesame flavor and a little crunch from the pecans all together a very nice and different pasta salad. One thing I will mention about the number of servings they are hearty at least in this house. Instead of four servings we ll get six. Thanks for the new pasta salad recipe this will be a nice side dish for so many meals. Read More