Vegan Winter Orzo Salad

Vegan Winter Orzo Salad recipe served in a bowl with avacado.

This winter salad is chock full of flavor, nutrition and texture. Dino Kale, Cabbage, Radishes, Fresh Dill, Crispy Garlic Chickpeas and my favorite pasta shape for salads and soups: orzo.

Vegan Winter Orzo Salad recipe served in a bowl with avacado.

Vegan Winter Orzo Salad

Wintery pasta salad with orzo, Dino kale, dill, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, radishes and crispy chickpeas! All simple dressed in olive oil, lemon, mandarin vinegar, salt and pepper.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American-Inspired, Mediterranean-Inspired
Keyword: Orzo Winter Salad, Vegan Orzo Salad
Calories: 534kcal
Author: Sara Tercero
Servings: 4


  • sheet pan
  • large mixing bowl


Salad Base

  • 1 bunch dino kale washed and chopped
  • 2 carrots ribboned or grated
  • ½ head green cabbage shredded
  • 1 watermellon radish chopped fine
  • 10 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 3 tbsp dill chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tbsp Mandarin Orange Vinegar You can use any citrus infused vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 black pepper to taste
  • 8 oz orzo (measure dry then cook according to package) drain, rinse and set aside
  • 1 avocado quartered and sliced for serving

Crispy Garlic Chickpeas


Salad Base

  • Add kale, cabbage, carrots and radishes to a large bowl.
  • Add Oil, Lemon, vinegar, Salt and Pepper and mix well with hands. Massage the seasonings into the salad gently to coat well.
  • add cooked orzo, dill, cherry tomatoes and a little more pepper and mix again.
  • Serve topped with Crispy Chickpeas and sliced avocado.

Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Drain chickpeas well and spread on sheet pan.
  • Drizzle with Oil, season with salt and garlic powder.
  • Mix well with hands.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until crispy, turning once halfway.


Nutrition Facts
Vegan Winter Orzo Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 534 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Sodium 658mg29%
Potassium 1062mg30%
Carbohydrates 78g26%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 5537IU111%
Vitamin C 79mg96%
Calcium 137mg14%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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