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Orzo Salad with Scallops

Oh my goodness… Heather from Heathers French Press has a fabulous recipe in store for us today!

Orzo Salad with Scallops and it looks absolutely to-die-for 🙂

We’ll let Heather take it from here…


orzo salad with scallops


One of my favorite summer meals is pasta salad. You can add almost anything, eat it hot or cold, and it’s a great way to clean out the fridge. Pasta salad is my go-to for summer potlucks, and because you can make it ahead of time, it’s great for entertaining as well.

Plus, it’s pasta…one of the few things my fussy one actually eats.


orzo salad

Loaded with veggies and seafood, this salad is as beautiful to look at as it is delicious. I know that you’re not supposed to serve cheese with your seafood, but a just a little freshly grated Parmesan adds SO much flavor.

{feel free to leave it off}


Yield: 4

Orzo Salad with Scallops

Orzo Salad with Scallops
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 12 oz orzo {cooked according to directions on package}
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove {minced}
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes {halved}
  • 1 orange bell pepper {diced}
  • 1/2 cup of pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cup of arugula
  • 1 lb of scallops


  1. While the orzo is cooking, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium - high heat
  2. saute the garlic for 2 minutes {until fragrant}
  3. add in the tomatoes and peppers
  4. cook about 5 minutes {the peppers and tomatoes will begin to char}
  5. combine the orzo, tomato/peppers, arugula, and olives with the remaining olive oil and vinegar
  6. season with salt and pepper to taste
  7. in a non-stick pan, sear the scallops over high heat {we cooked them on the grill}
  8. cook 2 - 3 minutes per side {be careful not to over-cook}
  9. top the orzo salad with the scallops



seared scallops with orzo salad


I am in love with Heathers Orzo Salad with Scallops… perfect for summertime!

Have been over to visit Heather at Heathers French Press yet?  She has such a delicious site- it’s full of a wonderful recipes and ideas for the kitchen.

Here are a couple for you to enjoy…



Strawberry Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze


Double Chocolate Caramel Cookies 


Lime Marinated Chicken Skewers

I love having Heather come and visit with us each month- she always bring such yummy dishes to share!

Have a really fabulous Wednesday!

xoxo~ Heather and Ruthie

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  1. Sharon says:

    My mouth started watering at first sight of those scallops! I LOVE scallops and I love orzo, and I love pasta salads. I cannot wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing Heather.

    Quick there a gluten free sub for orzo?

    • Ruthie says:

      Thanks for the nice comment! Doesn’t this salad looks amazing… Heather’s just awesome and I’m so glad she comes to share with us each month 🙂 xoxo~ Ruthie

  2. thanks so much for having me Ruthie!

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