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Cold Vegan Chickpea Orzo Salad

Herby Chickpea and Orzo Salad

This delicious orzo chickpea pasta salad is the perfectly scrumptious for summer yet amazing any time of year. The crunch from the cucumbers and chopped red onion add a nice touch of texture while adding a nice layer of flavor. Don't be shy when it comes to the herbs, either!
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword chickpea, dinner, garbanzo beans, lunch, meat-free, orzo, pasta salad, salad, soy-free, summer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Kate Friedman


  • 1 14-oz [397-g] can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (see Recipe Notes)
  • 1 cup 170 g of dry orzo pasta
  • ¼ cup 60 ml of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon 15 ml of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ red onion finely chopped
  • 1 English cucumber diced (see Recipe Notes)
  • ¼ cup 6 g of fresh basil, washed and torn
  • Fresh parsley and/or dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon zest to taste


  • Fill a medium-sized saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
  • Once water is boiling, add in the orzo and cook for about 14 minutes.
  • Drain the cooked orzo and rinse with cold water.
  • Chill in the refrigerator until ready for use.
  • Prepare the dressing by combining the olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Assemble the salad by combining the orzo pasta, chickpeas, red onion, cucumber and lemon dressing.
  • Top with the basil and any other fresh herbs, if desired. Add the salt, pepper and lemon zest, to taste.


While you can use chickpeas directly from a can, I like to take the extra step of simmering them first as it makes them more tender. If you’re food prepping this salad, make the chickpeas and orzo pasta in advance. That way they’ll have time to cool before you put it all together. This recipe calls for an English cucumber. An English cucumber is a longer, slimmer version of the popular slicing cucumber. It’s typically wrapped in plastic which eliminates the need for wax on the skin. The seeds are underdeveloped, making them less bitter than their counterparts. If you can’t find an English cucumber, you can substitute a slicing cucumber. I recommend removing the skin before dicing it.