A truly easy and delightful pasta salad that is perfect for any summer get together! This salad features bocconcini, fresh arugula, basil, sweet grape tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, orzo pasta, and a delightful lemony-balsamic dressing.

Arugula, Basil and Tomato Orzo Pasta Salad

The fridge and stove are gone. Sold. I came home after a fantastic weekend away with my best lady friend to find Paul sitting at the kitchen table working. When I looked around the empty-ish apartment and asked about his breakfast that morning he smirked and replied “dried cheerios”. He was serious.

Since then, I have managed to whip up a few things without a fridge or stove; I have a cooler, after all! We’re feasting on paninis, slow cooker food, and simple fruits and vegetables at the moment. It’s fine. And take-out is always an option.

Arugula, Basil and Tomato Orzo Pasta Salad

What I have sitting in my “drafts” folder here in the back part of the blog is a small collection of recipes that I’m excited to share. Recipes that I made before my fridge and stove were sold, and recipes that are the last of what I will photograph and write about in this tiny Montreal apartment.

On June 24th I’m moving, and from then until August 12th Paul and I will be visiting friends/family and then taking a 1-month road trip through the United States starting in New York and moving on to Colorado-Utah-California and then up the West Coast to our new home in British Columbia. THREE CHEERS FOR NEW BEGINNINGS! And a shower in your own house…oof.

Arugula, Basil and Tomato Orzo Pasta Salad

Over the next several weeks you’ll see me posting once a week instead of my usual 2-3 times a week. In fact, that trend has already started. I won’t have a “home base” and will be camping a lot, so we’ll have to catch up whenever there is time. I have to dish the details of my trip, after all!

Arugula, Basil and Tomato Orzo Pasta Salad

So here is a simple recipe for you today. This is the last recipe I made with the ability to boil water on the stovetop, and one that is so simple, you can throw it together in no time. I chose some of my favourite fresh ingredients like basil, tomatoes, and arugula and then threw in some cocktail bocconcini, sundried tomatoes, shallot, and a simple lemony balsamic vinaigrette. It’s a delight! Definitely perfect for sharing.

Arugula, Basil and Tomato Orzo Pasta Salad

Enjoy the rest of your week friends!

Arugula, Basil and Tomato Orzo Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 28 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 cups dry orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups fresh arugula
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 (200g) container cocktail bocconcini
  • 1 cup fresh basil, sliced into ribbons
  • 2 tbsp sundried tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh cracked pepper, to taste


  1. In large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook orzo until tender but firm, about 8 minutes. Drain well, rinse in cold water and drain again. Place pasta in a large serving bowl.
  2. In a small mason jar or bowl, mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic, garlic, and a pinch of salt until completely combined. Set aside.
  3. Place the arugula, tomatoes, bocconcini, basil, sundried tomatoes and shallot in the bowl with the orzo; stir to combine.
  4. Pour the dressing over top of the salad, taste and adjust seasonings, adding some salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

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14 Responses to Arugula Basil and Tomato Orzo Pasta Salad

  1. Absolutely, YES! This just may become my favorite summertime salad ever!

  2. Leslie says:

    Way to keep a positive attitude. You’re the best. Love you.

  3. What a beautiful salad! I love orzo and you’ve reminded me how perfect it is for a summer pasta salad πŸ™‚

  4. cakespy says:

    What a gorgeous salad. It just screams “summer” in the most lovely way!

  5. Summah summah summah tiiiiime! All my faves in one salad- YUM!

  6. Hira says:

    I’m so happy for you! Your adventure sounds so exciting. Also, this pasta looks amazing I love all th colors and textures. Yum! πŸ™‚

  7. So excited for you! Your trip before settling at your new home sounds amazing! Enjoy it!! And this pasta salad also sounds amazing!

  8. dani says:

    Your adventure sounds like it’s going to be amazing! I love road trips πŸ™‚

    But no stove…. I don’t know how you are coping πŸ™‚ any slow cooker recipe recommendations?

    This salad makes me wish summer was back and I was all too pleased to see it gone after it felt like it would never end but now seeing these tomatoes makes me miss it already… tomatoes are one of the best things about summer!

  9. Medha says:

    This salad is gorgeous! Love the caprese vibes here and I am SUCH a fan of orzo- I was just trying to think of a carb to add to my dinner tonight and I remembered a handful of orzo I need to use, thanks to you πŸ™‚ Pinning!

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