Greek Orzo Salad

Greek Orzo Salad – aka the most party-perfect orzo pasta salad ever! We’re totally crazy in love with this delicious and colorful vegetarian side dish!

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad

I’m kind of freaking out over this crazy colorful greek orzo salad.

I thought I was in love with hot + cheesy orzo dishes, and then this bad boy had to make its way into my kitchen and win my heart all over again. Now I don’t know which one I love more!

Y’all are going to have to help me break the tie or I may wind up in a permanent pasta love triangle over here.

Seriously though, can you blame me?

It’s as tasty as it is pretty!

Orzo Salad with Tomato, Pepper, Onion, Cucumber, and Feta

Greek Orzo Salad

This healthy Greek orzo salad is a total party on a plate!

Tender orzo pasta is tossed with peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta, and dressed with the easiest homemade Greek dressing ever. It’s marvelously Mediterranean and ready to rock your veggies!

This easy vegetarian side dish is sized for a crowd so feel free to bring it to your next party, potluck, picnic, or cookout.

It’s basically a guaranteed hit at the gathering of your choice and can be tossed together in advance to make life oh so easy. Simply make a little extra dressing to toss the salad in before serving, as it soaks much of the deliciousness up in the fridge overnight. YUM!

Ingredients for Greek Orzo Salad with Feta

need a small batch serving?

No worries! You can easily halve this recipe to yield less pasta salad goodness. Because the veggies don’t really need to be measured, you can basically make as few servings as you need and be good to go!

This can easily be made into a speedy side dish for 2-4 as needed and pairs great with lunch or dinner. If you do wind up making a larger batch, the leftovers are great packed in lunches for work or school!

Feeling a little EXTRA? Jarred olives or artichokes make a great addition to this tasty pasta salad! I used both red and green bell peppers here, but you could also use any combination of bell peppers you have on hand or even sweet mini peppers too. Red, orange, yellow, green… anything goes!

I think I may even try it next time with a little chopped spinach or kale as well – it’s so crazy versatile!

Greek Orzo Salad

Greek Orzo Salad

Greek Orzo Salad for a crowd; aka the most party-perfect orzo pasta salad evahhhh! We’re totally crazy in love with this colorful side dish!
5 from 12 votes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Greek Orzo Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry orzo pasta
  • 1-2 cups chopped bell pepper, any color
  • 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ English cucumber, chopped plus any extra to taste
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2-3 TBSP fresh parsley

EASY HOMEMADE GREEK DRESSING

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 TBSP dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp dried parsley (or 1 tsp fresh)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • banana peppers
  • olives

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 cups dry orzo pasta and a pinch of salt and cook for 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water (I do this using a fine mesh sieve, easy peasy!) to halt the cooking process. Add pasta to a large bowl and set aside.
  • While your noodles cook, chop your veggies and make the dressing.
  • For the dressing, combine ingredients in a lidded jar and shake vigorously to emulsify. Allow to sit while you toss together your salad, then shake again before serving.
  • Add all your veggies to the orzo with the dressing and mix well. Top with feta and optional fresh parsley. Give it a taste and add any extra salt and pepper to taste as well as any extra veggies or feta your heart desires.
  • Salad may be enjoyed right away (room temperature) or chilled briefly before serving. Both options are delicious. Enjoy!

Notes

For a speedy (and gloriously lazy) alternative dressing, feel free to drizzle olive oil and red wine vinegar over the salad and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bonus points for a squeeze of fresh lemon juice if you have it.
Making this salad ahead of time? It’s great the next day and fabulous in packed lunches for work, school, or picnics. Simply make a little extra dressing to drizzle over the salad the next day, as the pasta will soak up a some of the dressing while it chills. SO GOOD!
Nutrition facts below are an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. 

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 204mg, Potassium: 219mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1250IU, Vitamin C: 55.4mg, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 0.9mg
Greek Orzo Salad

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About The Author:

Jenn Laughlin

Jenn Laughlin created Peas and Crayons in 2009 after graduating with B.S. in Dietetics from Florida State University and working as a Nutrition Educator for WIC. The goal was simple: create and share delicious tested and perfected recipes with vegetables as the star!

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Questions & Reviews

    1. Hi Shirley! I use just plain feta cheese here and I think many made from cow’s milk? You can also make the salad dairy-free.

  1. 5 stars
    Great twist on our normal pasta salad. Made this for Easter and it was a hit. I would say it is a light & refreshing side…. good for days when you need to go run around and hunt Easter eggs after lunch!

  2. 5 stars
    Greek Salad is my all-time favorite, but my family gets tired of it easily. This Orzo salad was a great alternative to the classic and EVERYONE loved it, even my 4-year-old!