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White pasta plate with blue rim with Mediterranean Orzo Salad is easy, light, and packed with flavorful ingredients like tuna, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, capers and a lemon Dijon Mustard Dressing

Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Tuna, Artichoke & Sun-dried Tomatoes

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  • Author: Carlos Leo
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 8 serving 1x


Mediterranean Orzo Salad is a great make-ahead summer pasta recipe with Italian flavors like artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, orzo pasta, and high-quality tuna. All these wonderful ingredients are mixed together with a light and lemony Dijon Mustard Dressing.


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For Orzo:

  • 1-1/2 cups dried orzo (about 9 oz.)
  • 1 14-oz. can of artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes drained and cut in julienne style.
  • 1 6.7-oz. can water-packed solid white tuna, drained. I added two for extra protein.
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained
  • 3 Tablespoons flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Sea salt

For the lemon Dijon Mustard Dressing:

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil - See if need more.
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon shallot, finely chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook according to the package. Drain well and transfer orzo to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Prepare the dressing: In a mason jar add the chopped shallots, olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, oregano, grated garlic, sea salt, and black pepper. Shake well and set aside.
  3. In the mixing bowl with the orzo, add the tuna, quartered artichoke hearts, julienned sun-dried tomatoes, capers & parsley. Pour the dressing & toss until evenly combined.
  4. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. You are ready to serve.

Leftover pasta salad can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: tossing
  • Cuisine: Italian
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