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Overhead view of Greek orzo pasta salad in a white bowl with lemon vinaigrette.

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Author: Leanne
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Chill Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chop & Toss
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

This Greek Orzo Pasta Salad is filled with fresh and crisp veggies, tangy feta and briny olives all tossed with a homemade lemon vinaigrette!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3/4 cup chopped English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup cubed feta
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1012 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 810 pitted kalamata olives

For the lemon vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large lemon, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the orzo according to package instructions. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again.
  2. Add the vinaigrette ingredients to a jar with a lid. Shake until combined.
  3. In a large bowl, add the orzo and the remaining salad ingredients. Pour the vinaigrette over the top and toss to combine.
  4. Chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

Notes

  1. Rinse the orzo with cold water after cooking it. This will cool it down fast and help prevent it from clumping. If it’s clumpy, just stir in a little olive oil to help break it apart. 
  2. For the best flavour, chill the salad in the fridge for a few hours before serving.
  3. It may look like there is too much vinaigrette for the salad, but the orzo will absorb the vinaigrette as it sits in the fridge.
  4. Some lemons are juicier than others. You may need more than one lemon to get 1/4 cup of lemon juice for the vinaigrette.
  5. The vinaigrette is tangy. If it’s too tangy for you, just add a little more honey. 
  6. Be sure to check out the other sections above the recipe card for more detailed advice and suggestions for making this recipe.

Keywords: orzo pasta, orzo salad, Greek salad, Mediterranean