Summer Orzo Salad with Garbanzo Beans

Summer Orzo Salad with Garbanzo Beans is perfect for a summertime picnic, or a holiday potluck. Add a chicken breast on top for a lovely lunch or dinner!

Summer Orzo Salad with Garbanzo Beans
Today I’m sharing a sweet hospitality story, plus this delicious Summer Orzo Salad with Garbanzo Beans recipe–so tasty served cold or at room temperature.

Summer Orzo Salad with Garbanzo Beans

Summer Orzo Salad with Garbanzo Beans

Room temp salads are perfect for outdoor entertaining, especially on hot summer nights. [Oh, and don’t forget to add salt to your water when you boil orzo. Never add oil.]

Use a premium brand, like DeLallo Whole Wheat Orzo.

Summer Orzo Salad with Garbanzo Beans

And don’t be afraid to undercook it by a couple minutes. We always undercook our pasta when we are making a salad! It’s easy to prepare, and easy to serve!

Summer Orzo Salad with Garbanzo Beans

Sharing your friends and family with others is what makes the world go around. The more connected we become in life, the richer our lives become. It’s easy to keep the same routine by inviting the same people all the time and only hanging out with our family members, or the people in our church. It’s easy to not reach out and meet new neighbors, because we feel that we already have enough friends.

But we need to keep growing and expanding our circles. Because we are told that we are to love, and loving others takes risk and intention sometimes.

For example, we noticed that we had new neighbors just down the street. So Paul and I grabbed a bottle of wine, and I reached for a classy gift from my gift box under my bed (we have little space in this house for storage), and we walked down and welcomed our new neighbors over the weekend.

They invited us in and introduced us to their friends and family. We talked for awhile, and we told them that “we’ll have you over for dinner soon!”

Picture expanding your circle of friends by introducing those friends to new people, including your family members, and seeing those friendships take off. I really think we have a great responsibility in life to not hoard what we’ve been given, but to use it to expand our circles for the good of others and ourselves.

It’s how we learn to grow, give, and love in deeper ways. We live a connected life, and we experience levels of thankfulness and the soul-gifts that others offer.

Summer Orzo Salad with Garbanzo Beans

The soul gifts come in many sizes, and they last forever.

Where gifts (from our gift closet) are a nice gesture (who doesn’t love a bottle of wine, or a beautiful bouquet of flowers?), actually taking our time and using our cooking skills to reach out to get to know others, is in my mind, the best kind of gift.

Summer Orzo Salad with Garbanzo Beans

And you know what? The next day, these beautiful flowers were brought to our front door.

Thank you for welcoming us to the neighborhood! We can’t wait to get together soon!

Summer Orzo Salad with Garbanzo Beans

Summer Orzo Salad with Garbanzo Beans

Yield: 6-8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound whole wheat orzo (I buy DeLallo)
  • 6 Tbsp. olive oil, divied
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 15 oz. cans Bush's Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups diced cucumbers (I love English cucumbers)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 oz. feta cheese
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced basil

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain and toss with a little bit of olive oil to prevent sticking. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat; add the onion and cook until tender, 6-8 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Place the cooled pasta in a large bowl. Add the drained beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and cooled onions.
  4. In a small bow,  mix the lemon juice and 4 Tbsp. olive oil; salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the salad mixture and gently mix together.
  5. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil; serve.

More salad recipes: Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad [RE], Lentil Grape Mint Walnut Salad [RE], Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad [A Family Feast], Zucchini Noodle Salad [Two Peas and Their Pod].

Summer Orzo Salad with Garbanzo Beans

3 comments

  1. That’s awesome. We live on a road where most houses have an acre or more between them. The home next to us sat vacant for a few years after the previous residents left. When someone moved in, a younger family, Kristianna and I baked up some quick breads and walked between our properties to give the loaves to them. While we haven’t had them over for dinner, it opened a door for a friendly neighborly relationship where we chat if we’re outside, they’ve taken care of our pets a few times. Kindness goes a long way

  2. Great sounding recipe. Second step doesn’t say what to cook until tender–figured out it was the onion. Where does basil figure in? Just at end, I think?

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