Sweet and Savory Orzo Salad Recipe | PBS Food

Sweet and Savory Orzo Salad


Cook time: 25 Minutes

Total time: 30 Minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1-pound box orzo
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots chopped
  • 1/4 cup pistachios finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the remaining salt and the orzo and cook according to the package directions. Place the cranberries and apricots in a small saucepan. Add enough water to cover and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain the orzo and transfer it to a serving dish. Drain the dried fruit, discarding the soaking liquid. Add the fruit to the orzo along with the onions and pistachios and toss. Sprinkle with the parsley.