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Perfect Lunch - Fig, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Orzo Salad

Perfect Lunch: Fig, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Orzo Salad

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4.8 from 6 reviews

  • Author: Rachael Dart
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Sweet, tangy orzo salad with figs, tossed with creamy blue cheese, crunchy walnuts, and balsamic for delicious lunchtime bliss.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup dry orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp good-quality olive oil
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup quartered black mission figs
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • Balsamic glaze (reduced balsamic vinegar)


Cook the Orzo:

  • Boil water in a medium-sized pot. Add a pinch of salt and the orzo pasta.
  • Cook according to package directions until al dente, usually about 8-10 minutes.
  • Drain the orzo and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Toss with Olive Oil:

  • While the orzo is still warm, add 2 tablespoons of good-quality olive oil.
  • Toss the orzo in the olive oil to coat evenly. This prevents sticking and adds flavor.

Add the Ingredients:

  • To the bowl with the orzo, add the halved cherry tomatoes, quartered figs, crumbled blue cheese, chopped chives, and thyme leaves.
  • Gently toss the ingredients together, ensuring an even distribution.


  • Season the salad with salt and pepper according to your taste preferences.


  • Sprinkle the chopped walnuts over the top of the salad for a crunchy texture.
  • Drizzle generously with balsamic glaze for a sweet and tangy finish.


  • If you prefer your orzo salad chilled, allow the cooked orzo to cool completely before adding the other ingredients.
  • For a vegan option, substitute the blue cheese with a dairy-free cheese of your choice.
  • The balsamic glaze can be store-bought or homemade by reducing balsamic vinegar over low heat until thickened.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Salad, Side
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Italian American
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