This bright, flavor-packed summer pasta salad pairs the bold taste of chiles with our Southwestern Orzo Blend, featuring a mix of black bean-, maize- and red chile-flavored varieties. Using our Guajillo or Ancho Chile Paste in the dressing is a great time-saving and flavor-boosting trick.

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 20 min

Total time: 25 min

Southwestern Orzo Salad
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 10 to 12 servings


  1. Add 1 cup of orzo to a large pot of boiling water with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of neutral cooking oil. Cook for 10-12 minutes until al dente and strain. Rinse with cold water to cool. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with olive oil to prevent stikcing.

  2. Combine chile paste, lemon and lime juices, honey and vegetable oil in bowl, and whisk to combine. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

  3. Pour dressing over orzo, and add remaining ingredients. Toss well to combine, and transfer to serving dish. Serve cold or at room temperature.