Asian Cabbage Orzo Salad


The flavors you’d expect from a takeout meal are all here in a healthy Zone dish that’s easy to make at home.

Visit our Zone Pasta section to order Zone PastaRx Orzo.

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Yield1 Serving
Total Time (mins)
  • Ingredients
  • Nutrition
  • heaping 1/4 cup Zone PastaRx Orzo
  • 1 tsp Dr. Sears’ Zone Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsps Asian fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsps Fresh-squeezed lime juice – Before squeezing, finely grate some zest (1/2-1 tsp) and cut a wedge for serving
  • 2 tsps Water
  • 1/2 tsp A Taste of Thai Red Curry Paste
  • 1 1/4 cups Green cabbage - cored and finely shredded, packed
  • 2 tbsps Red onion - chopped
  • 2 tbsps Red bell pepper - cut in thin strips
  • 1/4 cup Green bell pepper - cut in thin strips
  • 1/4 cup Cucumber - cut in thin strips
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted dry roasted peanuts – coarsely chopped (or substitute with sesame seeds)
  • 3 tbsps Fresh cilantro
Calories 335
Total Fat 12g
Carbohydrates 38g
Fiber 7g
Protein 20g


  1. Prepare Zone orzo according to package directions.
  2. Drain and rinse in cold water to stop cooking, drain again. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a separate bowl, large enough to hold all ingredients, whisk the olive oil with the fish sauce, lime zest, lime juice, water, and red curry paste.
  4. Add the cabbage, onion, peppers and cucumber. Toss until evenly coated. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes, until the cabbage is very slightly wilted.
  5. Add the orzo and toss the salad. Top with the peanuts and cilantro and serve with a lime wedge.

Note: The Asian dressing can be refrigerated overnight.