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Creamy Curry Orzo Salad

Creamy Curry Orzo Salad. Here’s a terrific, easy, flavourful summer side dish perfect for cookouts, barbecues and picnics. Delicious with lots of different  grilled meats or fish.

Creamy Curry Orzo Salad on a bed of lettuce on a white plate

Creamy Curry Orzo Salad

Orzo is a great choice for pasta salad. If you don’t have it or if it’s hard to find at your local market, you can easily substitute any small size pasta you like. Macaroni or rigatoni will even do in a pinch.

Stock photo of orzo pasta

Orzo pasta looks like large grains of rice.

I think the fragrant curry flavour along with the sweetness of the raisins id a delicious combination.  Plus, the little crunchy bites from the carrots and red pepper all go together very well in this delicious summer side dish.

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Creamy Curry Orzo Salad
Yield: 6 or more servings

Creamy Curry Orzo Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Creamy Curry Orzo Salad - Here's a terrific, easy, flavorful summer side dish perfect for cookouts, barbecues and picnics. Delicious with lots of different grilled meats or fish.


For the pasta salad

  • 3 cups fully cooked orzo pasta or other small size pasta
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 1/4 cup coarsely grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup low fat plain mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tsp yellow curry powder
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives


  1. Mix all of the ingredients in the dressing together until well blended.
  2. Toss the dressing with the cooked pasta and other salad ingredients and chill in the refrigerator for a t least a couple of hours before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 256Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 4mgSodium 257mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 3gSugar 13gProtein 7g

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Monday 20th of July 2020

Could this dressing be used in a small diced potato salad in case a guest could not eat wheat? I think a curried potato salad might be interesting for a picnic item or a barbeque outing. What do you think? I really enjoy your recipes. They are down to earth and uses normal pantry items.


Friday 10th of July 2020

Is that 3 cups of orzo cooked or 3 cups cooked orzo? Looks like a lot of dressing for 3 cups of cooked orzo.


Thursday 12th of July 2012

Huge difference in taste. Mayo isn't salad dressing.


Wednesday 11th of July 2012

Looks and sounds yummy! Would it change the taste significantly if I used Miracle Whip instead of mayo?

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 12th of July 2012

I think it would. This recipe intentionally left out any vinegar element.

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