Tri-Color Orzo Salad

Tri-Color Orzo Salad

In need of an awesome side dish to serve for the 4th? This is the perfect pasta salad for any barbecue or party. I’ve been making it for years and am continually asked for the recipe. It’s barely even a recipe, since all you have to do is cook some pasta and stir in a few other ingredients. It’s more refined than your classic pasta salad, and is equally good served chilled or slightly warmed (so it’s great even if it’s been sitting on a table outside for an hour). The dried cherries offer a refreshing burst of flavor that is complemented nicely by the spicy arugula and salty cheese. You can find a bowl of this in our refrigerator practically all summer long.

We are down in the south celebrating the 4th with family and taking a little time to relax. I love NYC, but it’s nice not to get looked at sideways every time I let a “y’all” slip (usually after too many Makers Mark and ginger ales). It’s also entirely possible that I might have to buy a whole new wardrobe when we get back because all we seem to do down here is eat. Not to mention I’ve probably drunk my weight in sweet tea. Does everyone indulge like this when they go back to home?? Dangerous stuff.

Wishing each of you a safe and wonderful 4th of July!!



  1. oh my gosh!! This salad sounds phenomenal! So refreshing!I love the arugula in this! Can’t wait to try it! Oh and Im pretty sure we all go a little crazy when we’re on vacation, especially at our parents house!
    P.S. You just gave me the HUGEST craving for sweet tea!!
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    • That’s what vacation is all about, right?! Hope you have the best time by the way! Live it up!

  2. Yum! I’m always looking for a good orzo recipe because I really don’t know how to make it. I totally indulged this holiday weekend! Yikes! Just veggies and water this week!
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    • Orzo is so easy! Cooks just like any pasta, and your daughter would love it since it’s little to eat (great for kids learning how to use a spoon). Just veggies and water?! Girl you will waste away!!

  3. Hope you had a great time at home! :) I too definitely indulged over the last few days…
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    • Thanks Em! We had a blast, and it’s good to indulge every once in a while. :)