Mediterranean Orzo and Garbanzo Bean Salad

This pasta salad gets its flavor from fresh vegetables and herbs. A good source of vegetable protein, this salad can be a side dish or a main meal.

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Serves4 (about 1 cup)
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  1. Prepare orzo according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water, place in a large bowl, and allow to cool completely.
  2. In another large bowl add drained chickpeas, lemon juice, salt, onion, cucumber, red peppers, tomato, mint and dill. Stir together.
  3. In a small bowl make the dressing by whisking together vinegar, oil, mustard, oregano, and black pepper. Pour dressing over orzo, stir to combine.
  4. Stir in the chickpea mixture until well combined. Serve immediately or allow it to rest in the fridge for at least an hour for best flavor.

Recipe Tips

You can make this up to two days in advance, store covered in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Optional: add 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese or 1/3 cup chopped olives

You can substitute 2 teaspoons dried parsley and 1 teaspoon dried oregano for the mint and dill.

Add chopped spinach or lettuce for extra crunch

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Orzo and Garbanzo Bean Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 385mg 16%
Potassium 408mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 8g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 52%
Vitamin D0%
Calcium 9%
Iron 16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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