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Mediterranean Tuna Orzo Salad

A deliciously light and healthy Mediterranean-inspired orzo salad with tuna, veggies, and a lemon-oregano vinaigrette. 

Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 as a side
Calories 357 kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, do not use regular mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon (2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice)
  • Salt and pepper

Salad

  • 1 cup dry orzo pasta (measured when dry)
  • 2 cans (5 ounces EACH) Genova Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil in Easy Open Cans, drained
  • 4 full, canned roasted red bell peppers, drained and coarsely diced
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped (very loosely measured)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Begin by prepping the dressing. Whisk the red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, oregano, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste), and 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste) together in a small bowl. Slowly add in the olive oil into the vinegar mixture while whisking briskly. Whisk in the lemon juice. Pour into a jar and store in the fridge while prepping the rest of the salad.

  2. Cook the orzo pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. Toss with 2-3 tablespoons of the dressing and pour into a large bowl.

  3. Meanwhile, prep the rest of the ingredients: drain the tuna and add to the pasta. Coarsely dice the roasted bell peppers, coarsely chop the olives, finely chop the parsley, dice the red onion, and chop the cucumber. Add all the ingredients to the pasta.

  4. Toss with the dressing to taste (you can use all of it or less) and top with the feta cheese. Toss and enjoy immediately!

Recipe Notes

The amounts of toppings are general guidelines -- obviously adjust to your personal preferences (if you like more parsley, add more. If you hate it, it's fine to omit or reduce it :) Same goes for the peppers, olives, feta, cucumber, and red onion.)