Confetti Orzo Salad

Doesn’t the word “confetti” give you a happy kind of parade feeling? Us too. Orzo is a small rice-shaped pasta that’s fun to eat. Get whole-wheat orzo if you can find it, since it’s more flavorful and healthy.

Hands-on time:
45 minutes
Total time:
45 minutes

Kitchen Gear

Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Grater (adult needed)
Mixing bowl
Wooden spoon or rubber spatula


3 cups cooked orzo, cooled
1⁄4 cup lightly toasted walnuts, chopped
1 small zucchini, grated or chopped
1 carrot, scrubbed and grated or sliced
1⁄4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1⁄4 cup raisins
1⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 1⁄2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1⁄2 teaspoon salt


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

  1. Put all the ingredients in the mixing bowl and stir well.
  2. Serve right away or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.


Add or substitute mushrooms, olives, onions, cucumbers, or any other vegetable you like!