Mexican Orzo Salad


This takes a little time for chopping, but for those who love Mexican food and orzo, you will love this fantastic tasting salad. It has the fresh taste of lime and cilantro!

Prep Time:
24 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 34 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package orzo pasta

  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (8.75 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

  • 1 cup chopped cilantro leaves

  • salt to taste

  • pepper to taste

  • 5 limes, juiced

  • 6 tablespoons canola oil


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

  2. Place the drained orzo in a large salad bowl, and fold in the red pepper, yellow pepper, green onions, red onion, chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans, corn, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the lime juice and oil over the salad, toss to coat, and refrigerate at least 2 hours to chill before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

457 Calories
13g Fat
74g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 457
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 319mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 10g 37%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 50mg 250%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 367mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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