Salmon Asparagus Orzo Salad Recipe

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Shane Green Modified: March 23, 2022
Salmon Asparagus Orzo Salad Recipe

How To Make Salmon Asparagus Orzo Salad

Whether served warm or cold, this salmon asparagus orzo salad is a delicious hearty bowl bursting with herby and tangy flavors.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



For Pasta Salad:

  • 1cupuncooked orzo pasta
  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 8ozasparagus spears,diced with tough ends discarded
  • 4ozhot smoked salmon,roughly chopped
  • ½cupcoarsely-grated parmesan
  • ½cuptoasted pine nuts
  • cupred onion,finely-chopped
  • 4tbspfresh dill,chopped

For Lemony Dressing:

  • cupolive oil
  • 3tbspfreshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2tspdijon mustard
  • 2garlic cloves,minced or pressed
  • 1tspfine sea salt
  • ½tspblack pepper


  1. Cook the orzo in a large pot of generously-salted boiling water until it is al dente. Pour the orzo through a strainer and rinse with cold water until the pasta is chilled. Set aside until ready to use.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk together all of the lemon dressing ingredients together until combined.

  3. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes until crisp-tender.  Remove pan from heat and set aside.

  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chilled orzo, cooked asparagus, salmon, Parmesan, pine nuts, red onion, and dill.  Drizzle evenly with the lemon dressing and toss until combined.

  5. Serve immediately, sprinkled with extra Parmesan and fresh dill if desired.


  • Calories: 353.35kcal
  • Fat: 26.37g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.81g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 13.89g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.73g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.37g
  • Fiber: 2.10g
  • Sugar: 2.28g
  • Protein: 12.83g
  • Cholesterol: 12.77mg
  • Sodium: 319.11mg
  • Calcium: 170.70mg
  • Potassium: 260.48mg
  • Iron: 2.12mg
  • Vitamin A: 46.62µg
  • Vitamin C: 6.45mg
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