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Bored of Lunch’s Air Fryer Red Pepper, Tomato and Orzo Salad

This simple orzo pasta salad is dressed up with red pepper and cherry tomatoes that are quickly air fried for added flavour. Perfect for a speedy lunch or light summer side.


There’s nothing I could say here which would explain just how obsessed I am with this salad, it is one of my absolute favourite recipes. Full disclosure – the inspiration for this recipe came from a pre-packaged supermarket salad, you may even recognise it once you’ve rustled it up. This makes a great side or sharing dish, but I also love it as a pack-up-and-go lunch.

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2 red peppers, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
120g cherry tomatoes, halved
low-calorie oil spray
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
300g orzo
handful of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tbsp basil, chopped, to garnish
For the dressing:
70ml red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
handful of fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic clove, grated
1 tsp dried oregano
juice of 1 lemon

Essential kit

You will need an air fryer.


Spray the red peppers, onion and cherry tomatoes with the oil in the air fryer basket, then scatter over the paprika, oregano and some salt and pepper. Air-fry for 12–14 minutes at 180°C.

While the veg is in the air fryer, cook your orzo – you can also cook this in advance and refrigerate. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a bowl.

In a large bowl, toss together the roast veg, orzo, dressing and sundried tomatoes, then sprinkle over the basil to garnish, and serve.

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