By Chef Alli

Orzo Pasta Salad with Grilled Flat Irons

Orzo Pasta Salad with Grilled Flat Iron Steak | Chef Alli | Kansas Living


  • 1 ½ - 2 lbs. beef flatiron steak, grilled to desired doneness, cut into strips, across the grain
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. chicken base paste
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. orzo pasta
  • 2 cups red or yellow teardrop or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz. feta crumbles (use 1 package plain feta and 1 package sun-dried tomato feta, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh basil (if basil not available, substitute approx. 1Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, or if using dried basil, ½ tsp.)
  • 1 cup sliced scallions
  • 1/2 cup soy nuts


Cook orzo according to package directions, substituting broth for water. While orzo is cooking, prepare dressing in a small bowl by combining vinegar, lemon juice, honey and chicken base paste; whisk in olive oil.

When orzo is cooked, drain completely, then place into a large serving bowl; toss with tomatoes, feta, basil (or thyme) and scallions. Add all but 1/3 cup of dressing and toss to coat. Stir in soy nuts and serve at once. Keep remainder of dressing on hand for serving salad at a later time. This salad is best served at room temperature.

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  • Chef Alli

    Chef Alli is a wife, mom and chef. She's been stirring up a love of farm fresh cooking for more than a decade.  To see more of Alli's recipes, go to