My orzo pasta salad with eggs and sausage will prove to be the best side with your favorite steak or grilled meat. Serve the orzo pasta salad cold or at room temperature and enjoy the best of summer!
I know summer is almost gone and I am late in sharing this orzo pasta salad recipe. But it’s always better to late than never; summer will be back soon and you can enjoy this orzo pasta salad again and again. If I park this recipe until next summer, I am sure gonna miss it for ever. Hence, I judged it best to share this orzo pasta salad recipe now and just call it a day! Like any other salad, this orzo pasta salad is also a creator’s canvas; you can create your customized pasta salad with ingredients of your choice.
I made my orzo pasta salad with eggs and chicken sausages with some additional green in the form of green bell pepper and red from tomatoes. I wished I had some fresh mozzarella as that would have paired beautifully with this orzo pasta salad. Since we are not frequent cheese eaters and cheese generally has shorter shelf life, I don’t stock them in my refrigerator. But do try to add some fresh mozz to give extra edge to your orzo pasta salad.
Monsoon has been quite severe this year in India and Bangalore has also received its fair share of rain. But I love sunny days so I can enjoy my chilled drink with some good grilled meat. After moving into our new apartment, we had cozily set up our balcony but could hardly enjoy it due to the unprecedented downpour. Nevertheless, rain cannot stop me from enjoying good food at home and I had my fair share of barbeque this year; do check out my tandoori lamb skewers and the garlic & herb chicken kabobs which are two stunning options for your outside barbeque parties.
Today’s recipe of orzo pasta salad will be the ideal side dish to serve with those grilled meat. You can skip the sausage if you want to make an all-veggie salad and add in some sweet corn kernels and black olives to make it more power-packed! We do love pasta but, I will be honest that pasta salad is not a frequent item to appear on our menu; so, when I make one I ensure to make it as kick-ass as possible which is why I added boiled eggs and sausages into my orzo pasta salad. The dressing of my orzo pasta salad was also quite light and was packed with lotsa herbs which impart fabulous flavors into the salad. Get inspired and make your own pasta salad soon! Enjoy!
- Orzo pasta – 1 & ½ cup
- Eggs – 4, medium-boiled or as per your liking
- Cooked chicken sausage – 4
- Green bell pepper – 1, small
- Tomato – 2, large
- Olive oil – ⅔ cup
- White vinegar – ¼ cup
- Dried oregano – 1 tsp
- Dried basil – ½ tsp
- Dried parsley – ¼ tsp
- Onion powder – ½ tsp
- Garlic powder – ½ tsp
- Sugar – ½ tsp
- Salt – 1 tsp
- Black pepper – ¼ tsp
- Cook the orzo pasta in heavily salted boiling water according to packet instructions. Drain and rinse them with cold water. Set it aside.
- Cut the boiled eggs into small bite-sized pieces e.g. 1 egg into 10 to 12 pieces. Cut the cooked sausages into small roundels or half-moons. Set them aside.
- Cut the bell pepper and de-seed it. Then chop it into small pieces. De-seed the tomato and cut them into ½-inch pieces. Set them aside.
- Prepare the salad dressing by mixing olive oil, vinegar, dried oregano, dried basil, dried parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, sugar, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Whisk them thoroughly to prepare a homogeneous salad dressing.
- Now take a large bowl and add all salad ingredients one by one – cooked orzo pasta, boiled eggs, cooked sausages, bell peppers and tomatoes. Toss them lightly.
- Now drizzle the salad dressing and toss them using 2 spoons so that all ingredients are mixed with the dressing thoroughly.
- Cover with a clingwrap and let the salad chill in refrigerator for couple of hours before serving. Chilling this orzo pasta salad helps develop the flavor more deeply making it more delicious.
- Serve the orzo pasta salad with your favorite grilled meat and enjoy your last bit of summer!