Orzo with mint-walnut pesto and grilled corn

Orzo with mint-pesto and grilled corn

Orzo is light and delicious, and makes for a versatile side dish. But add a refreshing, minty pesto and earthy, grilled corn to orzo… and it becomes a sublime summer pasta!

In-Their-Husks Grilled Corn on the Cob

Orzo with mint-walnut pesto and grilled corn

serves 4 to 6
active time: 40 min

  1. 12 oz (340 g) orzo
  2. 2 teaspoons sea salt for the pasta water
  3. extra virgin olive oil
  4. 4 large ears fresh corn – grilled
  5. 3/4 cup mint-walnut pesto (or to taste)
  6. sea salt to taste

  1. Step 1: Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, add the salt and the orzo. Cook pasta until tender but still al dente. Drain well and rinse under cold water until pasta is lukewarm. Shake off all excess water and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil and stir well (this will prevent the pasta from sticking together).
  2. Cook’s note: The pasta can be prepared up to 1 hour ahead. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and keep at room temperature until ready to assemble.
  3. Step 2: Grill the corn as per this recipe. Remove husks from the grilled corn and shave the kernels off the cobs with a sharp or serrated knife. Add the kernels and the mint-walnut pesto to the orzo and stir well. Add sea salt to taste and stir again. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately as a side dish.

Orzo with mint-pesto and grilled corn

pasta, orzo, mint pesto


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  3. What a great new twist on summer pasta salad!

  4. This looks gorgeous 😀


  5. Pinned! I’m definitely going to try this!

  6. Yum! I bet grilled corn is really great in this dish. It looks wonderful!

  7. I never would have thought to make a pesto with mint, but why not!? It looks and sounds delicious and love it tossed on this orzo and corn. What a great 4th of July pasta salad! Thanks for bringing back one of your oldies but goodies.

    • Hi Mj! Thank you for stopping by… I must tell you that I really love mint pesto… But then again, mint if one of those herbs I couldn’t live without. Have a great 4th!

  8. Ohhhh I just love the sound of this salad. What fresh flavors and what a lovely spring color!

  9. Donna Ford

    I’ve never heard of Orzo. I’ll look for it at the market. Looks yummy!

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  15. What a fabulous post! This is a combination of some of my favorite things! I adore mint pesto and orzo is so overlooked!

  16. Pretty. Good. Food

    Looks delicious!

  17. Great pesto! I love the combo of tastes.

  18. Excellent orzo dish, Viviane. I think today’s Top 9 is one of the best ever, so I wasn’t at all surprised to see this there.
    Congrats on the Vegetarian Times article. Kathy (my wife the Salad Queen)has been vegetarian for 25 years. I’m heading out right now to find a copy!

  19. What a PERFECT salad! I love cooking with orzo and your combination with the walnut pesto and grilled corn is a perfect flavor combination. Enjoy your holiday weekend.

  20. oh what a great idea!

  21. This looks great. I have never tried orzo. This is something new to me. I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  22. You have solved my question of what side salad I will be serving for dinner with friends this weekend; thank you 🙂

  23. What a wonderful combo! I just made some orzo recently and didn’t think to add corn. What is it about that shape that is so pleasant? I am feeling I need to eat corn every meal of every day and this is a good place to start!

  24. I like that mint idea!

  25. sublime indeed! this would be a great accompaniment for anything from the grill . . .

  26. i’ve never seen orzo and pesto mixed together. it looks cooling and delicious.

  27. Great looking orzo recipe! Fresh, clean, and amazing!

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  29. It’s been a long time since I’ve visited your blog but it’s nice to be back and hope to visit your more often. The recipe sounds great. Very clean and delicious..:)

  30. What an incredible combination of summer flavors!

  31. This sounds fresh and lovely for a hot summer night’s dinner. The mix of orzo, corn, and pesto looks great.

  32. beautiful!! I’m trying it this weekend.

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