Red Onion Mint Orzo

One of those perfect sides.

Serving Size: Serves 8

This Red Onion Mint Orzo is one of those super simple sides that is bright and flavorful and goes with most everything. It’s great served alongside a roasted leg of lamb, like Slow Cooked Mediterranean Leg of Lamb with Tzatziki. Or perfect next to Greek Roasted Chicken Breasts.

Red Onion Mint Orzo / Mia / Katie Workman /

You can switch up the herbs like crazy. Make it with basil and serve it with Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lime, Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Marinade. Try oregano and match it up with Pan Seared Pork Chops with Madeira and Leek Cream Sauce. Tarragon, thyme, cilantro…just start with a slightly smaller amount of the chopped herb and add more as you like. Lime can also be used in place of the lemon. And while red onion is pretty, regular onion is just fine, and scallions are also a nice burst of green color.

Red Onion Mint Orzo / Mia / Katie Workman /

This can be made up to a day ahead of time, and served at room temperature.  If you want to serve it warm, you can make the orzo ahead, then warm it in the microwave and add the other ingredients.

Red Onion Mint Orzo


  • 1 pound orzo
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced red onion
  • Juice and finely grated zest of 2 lemons
  • ½ cup chopped fresh mint
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Cook the orzo according to package directions and drain.

2. Place the orzo in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, onion, lemon juice and zest, mint, and salt and pepper. Toss well. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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