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INSTANT POT DIY MEDITERRANEAN ORZO PASTA SALAD

This is The Best Instant Pot Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad. This easy summer salad is bursting with fresh spring and summer flavours. Great for alfresco dining and garden parties, this salad can be prepared in no time with the help of the Instant Pot.

 

Orzo salad served in a white platter, garnished with herbs, cheese.

INSTANT POT DIY MEDITERRANEAN ORZO PASTA SALAD

This Instant pot orzo pasta salad tastes wonderful both warm and cold making it versatile to serve whenever you fancy!

 

Easy, crunchy and packed with flavours.

Perfect for a summer potluck, crowd or lunch box.

 

Why DIY?

The reason this is a DIY salad is that you can add whatever you have to hand and it still tastes amazing!

Why Instant Pot?

We are cooking our pasta in the Instant Pot which will require no draining and we can add the remaining ingredients straight to the pot – essentially this is a one-pot Pasta Salad

How to Cook Orzo pasta in a pressure cooker?

The ratio of Pasta to water: 1: 1 1/2 (one: one and a half)

3-minute HIGH-pressure cook

10 minutes NPR then release the pressure manually

Tips:

Add oil to avoid stickiness

The orzo will be slightly sticky when cooked, however, let it cool, every grain will separate.

Stovetop Orzo pasta salad

Boil plenty of water in a pan and cook the pasta according to packet instructions.

Drain the pasta and simply add all of the ingredients together.

Either eat warm immediately or refrigerate if it is made in advance.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Orzo Pasta Salad:

Here is everything you will need, plus ingredients substitute ideas.

Orzo pasta – we like using Orzo for this style of salad but you can also use other types of pasta. However, cooking times and the amount of water for the Instant Pot may change!

Olive Oil – Extra virgin olive oil is best and provides a really wonderful flavour to the salad

Balsamic Vinegar – use Balsamic Vinegar of Modena for the best taste.

Italian Herbs – you can also use Herbs de Provence or Mixed Herbs.

Cherry Tomatoes – if you do not have cherry tomatoes, you can also chop a tomato or two and add to the salad.

Sundried Tomatoes – definitely use sun-dried tomatoes in this recipe if you have them as they add extra depth than just using fresh tomatoes.

Olives – we have used bottled black Kalamata Olives

Capers – these taste similar to olives so if you do not have any, then you can just add a few more olives instead.

Fresh herbs – we have used Basil, Parsely, and Mint from our garden but you can use whatever herbs you have to hand

Cucumber – cucumber really freshens up the salad

Red Onion

Feta cheese– omit if vegan or add any cooked beans or nuts.

Seasoning – salt/pepper

Tips: To add some protein to the recipe, you could add some tinned chickpeas or some chopped nuts. Pine nuts work well.

Don’t have feta? use Mozzarella cheese, it adds a delicate and creamy flavour.

How to Make Instant pot DIY Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad?

(Note- Follow this step by step instructions, full printable recipe with the exact measurement is at the bottom of this post)

Recipe cooks in 3 minutes. While the pressure cooker is cooling down, prepare all the other ingredients.

1. In the inner pan of the Instant pot, pan add orzo, water and oil.

2. Close the lid and set the cooker at HIGH-pressure for 3 minutes.

3. After 10 minutes NPR, release the pressure manually if any left, let it cool.

4. Using a fork, separate the pasta, add chopped cucumber, tomatoes and onion.

5. Tip in sundried tomatoes, olives, Italian seasoning and fresh mixed herbs.

6. Add oil, balsamic vinegar, cheese and season the salad.

Serve.

 

How to store Orzo Pasta Salad?

 
Refrigerator- This salad will stay fresh for up to 2 days in the fridge. You can eat it cold or heat up a few seconds in the microwave so it is warm – it doesn’t affect the texture or flavour of the salad.
 
Freezing – I do not recommend freezing the salad as the vegetables will lose their texture on defrosting.
 
 
This delicious pasta salad is served in a oblong white platter.

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INSTANT POT DIY MEDITERRANEAN ORZO PASTA SALAD

Hayley Dhanecha
This Instant pot orzo pasta salad tastes wonderful both warm and cold making it versatile to serve whenever you fancy!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 8
Calories 316 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cup orzo pasta
  • 3 cup water
  • 7-8 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cucumber chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup red onion sliced
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp olives chopped or halved
  • 3 tbsp capers
  • ¼ cup mixed fresh herbs chopped
  • 2 tbsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 5-6 tbsp. feta cheese crumbled
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place orzo pasta, water and 3 tbsp. oil in an inner pan of Instant pot.
  • Pressure cook for 3 minutes on HIGH.
  • After 10 minutes NPR, release the pressure manually.
  • Let the pasta cool down a little, as this stage, they are little sticky.
  • Once cooled, using fork separate the pasta.
  • Then add all the other salad ingredients along with remaining oil and mix well.
  • Serve.

Notes

For a vegan version, omit dairy feta cheese or use dairy-free.
You may add cooked beans or lightly roasted nuts.
 
 
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
INSTANT POT DIY MEDITERRANEAN ORZO PASTA SALAD
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
316
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
16
g
25
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Cholesterol
 
8
mg
3
%
Sodium
 
269
mg
12
%
Potassium
 
349
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
36
g
12
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
Vitamin A
 
413
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
10
mg
12
%
Calcium
 
133
mg
13
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator/plugin. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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Recipe Rating




Lathiya

Saturday 23rd of May 2020

This sounds like a fun and interesting salad to have. Cooking Orzo in instant pot is great idea.

JollyHomemadeRecipes

Sunday 17th of May 2020

Oh my my this looks really beautiful one post instant pasta bowl, I’m sure they must be so yum. I’ve recently seen this variety of pasta in masterchef Australia kitchen. This looks so fabulous!

Sasmita

Saturday 16th of May 2020

WOW love this kind of one pot pasta bowl. Salad using pasta is a lovely idea for sure. Also love the fact that one can make this with whatever in hand !

Padma

Friday 15th of May 2020

What a delicious and refreshing orzo salad...such a filling salad with all the goodness of the veggies...Good for parties!! Amazing share dear!!

cookingwithsapana

Friday 15th of May 2020

I love trying new pasta varieties and orzo is in my lists. This salad looks so vibrant and very delicious. Love your pictures.