Jennifer Aniston’s style Pasta Salad

By : Sara Girard

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This delicious and nutritious orzo pasta salad inspired by Jennifer Aniston has become very popular thanks to the star herself. It's no wonder it's been so successful — it's plant-based, features fresh, tasty ingredients like mint and pistachios, and it's quick and easy to make, giving you more time to experience "il dolce far niente."

Ingredients 4 Number of Servings

1 cup Barilla Orzo (uncooked)

1 ½ cups English cucumber, diced

½ cup red onion, finely chopped

1 ½ cups chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 cup fresh parsley, chopped

¼ cup fresh mint, chopped

½ cup unsalted pistachios

¾ cup plant-based feta, crumbled into small pieces

Salt and black pepper to taste


1/4 cup olive oil

Juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon

2 to 3 tbsp maple syrup (to taste)

A pinch of garlic powder

A pinch of salt and black pepper, to taste

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  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the Barilla Orzo pasta and cook according to the package instructions. Drain and let cool.

  • Meanwhile, chop the vegetables, fresh, herbs, and feta. Once the orzo has cooled, add ingredients to the orzo, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

  • In a small mason jar, combine the olive oil, lemon juice and shake until emulsified. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and orzo and mix well to coat evenly. 

  • Refrigerate for a few hours or serve immediately.

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