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Summer Lemon Orzo

Summer Lemon Orzo

Okay, who else is obsessed with watching gymnastics?! I wish they were on every night. Definitely my favorite part of the Olympics. So entertaining to watch and how freaking adorable are the Fab Five?! I just want to give them all a big hug. Watching it also makes me want to pretend that I am also a gymnast and can do flips and twists on a 4-inch beam when in reality, I can barely walk on regular flat ground without falling down…

For me, summertime is about eating light. The last thing I usually want this time of year is a big bowl of pasta with heavy sauce. I like my summer pasta dishes to be light and full of veggies!

Oh, and let’s not forget, it also has to be covered in fresh lemon juice. Lots and lots of lemon juice.

I only had some zucchini and tomatoes on hand, but I think squash, broccoli, spinach, and mushrooms would be good too! The more the merrier, right?!

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Summer Lemon Orzo

Yield: serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1/2 lb. orzo
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium-sized zucchini, diced into small bite-size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a saute pan, heat the olive oil, add the onion and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the zucchini and tomatoes to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cooked orzo to the pan and toss to combine. Stir in the lemon zest, juice, and Parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Summer Lemon Orzo


22 Responses to “Summer Lemon Orzo”

  1. #
    Choc Chip Uru — August 3, 2012 at 2:18 am

    I think I would feel pretty light after eating this delicious dish – think I can a couple of backflip vault things ;)

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Stephanie replied: — August 4th, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

      Haha, you have some skill then!

  2. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 3, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Your orzo dish looks delicious, light and refreshing!! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Stephanie replied: — August 4th, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

      Thanks, Jen!

  3. #
    A Couple in the Kitchen — August 3, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Light, zesty, refreshing and perfect for summer. Great dish!

    • Stephanie replied: — August 4th, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

      Thanks! I think so too! :)

  4. #
    Cassie — August 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Oh yes, definitely Olympics-obsessed. I’m also orzo-obsessed. This looks amazing!

    • Stephanie replied: — August 4th, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

      Haha! This must be why we get along so well!

  5. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    This is a perfect summer salad! Yum!

    • Stephanie replied: — August 4th, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

      Thank you, Jessica!

  6. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I’m totally obsessed with the Olympics too. I want to be a gymnast and weigh like 100 pounds, although I’m sure those girls are freaking strong as hell.

    As for this orzo – YUM! I’m totally loving the summer flavors in this.

    • Stephanie replied: — August 4th, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

      LOL, I wish I weighed 100 lbs. too!

  7. #
    Ramona — August 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    The first word that came to mind when I saw your picture is VIBRANT. Wow.. it looks fantastic. Enjoy watching a weekend full of the Olympics. :)

    • Stephanie replied: — August 4th, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

      Thanks, Ramona! The more color, the better!

  8. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    ahh, to be honest, i still haven’t seen a single gymnastics competition! I KNOW, I SUCK!!! i just haven’t had the time to sit down and watch it :( i’ve been sick and all and then i just get so tired at night..

    the colors of this pasta are so bright and refreshing and so FRESH looking! i love the lemon flavor in this too :)

    • Stephanie replied: — August 4th, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

      Ack! Girl, you are missing out! lol

      But, you need to rest up and get better!!

  9. #
    Priya Sreeram — August 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    summery delight and like you say very light on stomach ! looks dainty !

    • Stephanie replied: — August 4th, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

      Thank you, Priya!

  10. #
    Alyssa — August 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I’M BAAACCCKKKK!!! Just kidding! I love orzo pasta, but I have never seen it here. I love light summery pastas (just because it’s summer doesn’t mean I’m giving up my carbs!) I’ve got some left over plain pasta in the fridge I was going to use for dinner, I think I’ll do this because I totally don’t feel like spending a ton of time in the kitchen tonight. Thanks for the dinner inspiration!

  11. #
    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — August 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    pasta salads are probably one of the easiest summer dishes. i make some 4-5 times during the hot season and always looking for new combos. love the citrus touch

  12. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Perfect summer dish.

  13. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — August 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I have lost so many hours due to the Olympics and I love every second of it.

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