RECIPE Orzo Salad with Dried Apricots, Pistachios & Ginger

recipe orzo salad dried apricots pistachios ginger

Hope you had a great weekend! I had a few gals over for Sunday brunch, and made this always-a-fave dish — a recipe from Aux Délices in Greenwich, CT that I originally found in a 2005 Bon Appetit.


8-10 servings

  • 4 oz. fresh ginger, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 12 oz. orzo or riso pasta
  • 3 T. (tablespoons) fresh lemon juice
  • 1-1/4 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1-1/2 cups thinly sliced dried apricots
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 2/3 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1) Bring ginger and oil just to boil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat; remove from heat. Cool ginger oil to room temperature; transfer to glass container, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour. (Can be made 2 weeks ahead. Strain and discard ginger after 2 days. Keep covered and refrigerated.)

2) Cook orzo in large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain orzo and rinse under cold water until cool. Drain well.

3) Whisk 6 tablespoons strained ginger oil, fresh lemon juice, and coriander in small bowl to blend. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Mix orzo, apricots, green onions, pistachios, and cilantro in large bowl. Add dressing; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Serve cold or at room temperature.)


Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

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Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. I am loving the new site Erika! I’ve never tried cooking Orzo but maybe I should give this recipe a shot! It looks so yummy. Also, I love your placemats.

  2. Hi Erika,

    I ran across your recipe on a PIntrest post. I was first intrigued by the photo because the pasta dish looked beautifully presented. Then, I looked at the ingredients- sounded delicious. So, I decided to make it. It was very easy to make and it was absolutely delicious. I did make one adjustment, I used a fresh ginger paste rather than as noted in the recipe. I had no problems with the finished dish. I was so glad I ran across the recipe. I will definitely make this again, and again. PS- because of the Pintrest post, I was lead to your beautiful website; again, so glad I found it.