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Orzo Chopped Salad with Spiced Pecans

Santé Nuts - Recipe - Orzo Chopped Salad with Spiced Pecans

This delicious and easy chopped salad is topped with the crunch of spiced pecans and will be a summer go-to for BBQ's and picnics. This easy and versatile recipe can be made in unlimited ways with whatever veggies you have available. The non-negotiable ingredient is the Sweet & Spicy Pecans that add a touch of heat, a nutty crunch, and a serving of plant-based protein.


  • 2 cups orzo, cooked and drained
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 2 ½ tsp salt, divided
  • 1 ½ cups cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup feta, crumbled
  • ½ large avocado, diced
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • Juice of ½ large orange
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup Santé Sweet & Spicy Pecans


  1. Cook the orzo according to the instructions on the package. Drain and add to a large bowl.
  2. Add unsalted butter or olive oil to the warm pasta, season with 1 teaspoon salt and any other spices you wish. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, add the olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice, garlic powder, 1 ½ teaspoons of salt, and cracked black pepper. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the pasta. Pour the dressing over the top and mix well to combine. Adjust seasoning to taste and enjoy!


Recipe by Food by Maria featuring Santé Sweet & Spicy Pecans