Easy Side Dish: Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe

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Are you or your kids weary of making and eating veggies? Did you know almost every vegetable tastes even more amazing when you roast them? Something about roasting vegetables draws out the sugars and the crispiness of the outside have my kids craving for seconds of brussel sprouts and broccoli. Roasting veggies reduces the tendency to over boil the vegetables resulting in a soggy looking side dish. This side dish of Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad recipe is the perfect compliment to any grilled meat or served with some chicken strips for an entree. Since it can be eaten cold or room temperature it serves as a great make ahead recipe choice too. 

Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe


Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe

This is truly a simple side dish, with only a few fresh ingredients that all meld wonderfully with the tiny Orzo Pasta. 


Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe

Roast your grape tomatoes in the oven with just olive oil and a little salt and pepper. The juices will become part of the flavoring of the orzo too. Roasting veggies can be messy but we have the solution for you in a few minutes. 

Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe

Once the Orzo is finished cooking, immediately add the baby spinach and toss to wilt the leaves. 

Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe

Add your tomatoes and any remaining juices to the Orzo, spinach and basil in a large bowl. 

Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe

Lastly add your crumbled feta and add a little more olive oil to taste. 

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Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe

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Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe

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Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe

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Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe

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Easy Side Dish: Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe

Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe

Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A easy side dish filled with roasted grape tomatoes and orzo 


  • 1 cup orzo, dry
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach, optional
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup, s fresh basil, coarsely chopped


  1. 1. Cut tomatoes in half and place on roasting pan. Drizzle with oil and roast at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until blistered.
  2. 2. Cook orzo according to package directions.
  3. 3. Combine orzo with spinach and mix to wilt spinach leaves. Add the tomatoes and oil from the pan. Toss with basil. Let cool. Add a little extra olive oil if needed.
  4. 4. When cooled, toss with feta. Serve.


This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled for a big party

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 240Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 17mgSodium 180mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 8g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad Recipe

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  1. This looks absolutely scrumptious and nutritious. I know I would love this dish!

  2. oh man, this looks so good. i haven’t had lunch yet, and could go for this right now.

  3. This looks delicious. I’m not sure my hubby would like it but I’m game. (More for me, right?!?)

  4. This looks so delcioius! I would totally make it! But, I’d be the only one in my family to eat it!!

  5. I honestly have never had a salad like this before. This roasted tomato and orzo salad looks really delicious. Then you can use the scrubby pads to clean up nicely, perfection!

  6. This Roasted Tomato and Orzo Salad looks divine and easy to make. I have never roasted grape tomatoes before but I bet they are delicious that way. I also love Scotch Brite too. Makes cleanup so much easier.

  7. I love to cook but never love the clean up. This recipe sounds wonderful!

  8. This recipe looks delicious – and perfect for summer. And the Scotch-Brite sponges are my favorite! I keep them wherever we have a sink.

  9. Orzo salad is my summer jam!!! I love your classic taste- can’t wait to try it out!

  10. This looks like a delicious recipe. I love a good salad!

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