Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe – delicious light orzo pasta salad packed with cucumber, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese.
Fresh, delicious garden cucumbers and tomatoes with feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, red pepper strips, and sliced olives combined with fresh dill for a delicious summer pasta salad everybody loves! This salad is full of flavor and simple to make in under 15 minutes.
While the pasta boils, you can prep your vegetables and make a quick vinaigrette saving time for a quick salad that will fill you up! This salad can be customized to fit your tastes, and you can even add air fried salmon, chicken breast, steak, or some grilled cauliflower, or just pepperoni, prosciutto or other meats to it to make it even heartier.
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Orzo Pasta Salad
Orzo is fun to eat, quick to make, and perfect as a side dish for so many meals – its small like cous cous, so it is fun to serve with chopped fresh vegetables in a light and refreshing pasta salad. We’re loading this version up with a delicious vinaigrette and plenty of fresh garden flavor for a side salad even picky eaters will ask for!
We love serving this pasta salad alongside our famous pork tenderloin, pan fried chicken thighs and mushrooms, lobster tails, with air fryer french fries, and we LOVE chopping up whole roasted onions and adding them to this recipe! We also love this recipe because it is:
- Perfect for picnics – this salad is not mixed with mayo, so it is portable and easy to serve at potlucks, picnics, and cookouts.
- Full of fresh flavor – we’re adding lots of fresh vegetables to brighten up this pasta and pack it full of the good stuff!
- Easy to adapt – like more spices? Want different veggies? This recipe is super simple to change around, make your own creation!
- Easy to make hearty – You can mix in pepperoni, salami, prosciutto, or other meats to kick this salad up a notch for an antipasti inspired side dish!
When is Orzo Done Cooking
Orzo is a really easy pasta to cook – but it is also a pasta that can be overcooked, which will turn your pasta salad into mush.
Look for orzo to be soft to the touch, with just a bit of give when you pinch it. It should be a bit al dente for the best results.
What To Add In Orzo Pasta Salad
We’ve intentionally kept this recipe to a minimum – so you can customize your pasta salad to flavors you like, and what you have on hand.
Feel free to combine different flavors and textures – we love trying new combinations with this super simple pasta salad all the time. We try to mix sweet and salty, spicy and savory, tangy and mild, soft and crunchy – so there are a lot of different flavors and textures. Be sure to also have lots of bright colors from all of your fresh ingredients, too!
Some of our favorite easy orzo pasta salad recipe additions are below:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Onions – minced and browned, or raw
- Sliced olives
- Red pepper strips
- Sun dried tomatoes
- Feta cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- Olive oil
- Champagne Vinegar
- Balsamic vinegar
- Garlic powder or minced garlic
- Pepperoni, salami, speck, prosciutto
- Fresh dill, basil, fennel, or herbs
Is Orzo Gluten Free?
Orzo is just pasta, cut into a small shape – so it is not traditionally gluten free. You might be able to find some gluten free orzo brands using rice or other flours, however, orzo is traditionally a wheat based pasta.
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What To Serve With Orzo Pasta Salad
Orzo pasta salad is great with hearty dinners – it’s like rice pilaf and a side salad, all mixed in one. We love to serve it with our The Best Baked Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin Recipe, The Best Oven Broiled Ribeye Steaks with Mushrooms Recipe, Brown Bag Herb Roasted Turkey, The Best Easy Air Fryer Cornish Game Hens Recipe, Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon and Asparagus, and Garlic Butter Naked Lobster Rolls Recipe!
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Orzo pasta salad can last in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week, but is best within four days.
Orzo is done when it is soft to the touch, with just a little bit of bite. You don’t want overcooked orzo in pasta salad, or it will be mushy.
Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe
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Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe - delicious light orzo pasta salad packed with cucumber, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese.
- 8 ounces dry orzo pasta
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 to 4 cloves)
- 1 medium cucumber, sliced into 1" slices
- 1/2 cup sliced olives
- 1/4 cup sun dried tomato strips
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 cup feta cheese
- 4-6 sprigs fresh dill, chopped
- 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt (we prefer using maldon)
- 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
- For the vinaigrette:
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs
- In a large pot, boil water and prepare orzo according to package directions. Cook to al dente and drain.
- In a small bowl or jar, add olive oil, champagne vinegar, lemon juice, mustard powder, and Italian herbs and stir to combine. Set aside.
- When orzo has drained, add to large serving bowl and stir in vegetables, herbs, and feta cheese. Season well with salt and pepper, toss to mix.
- Drizzle vinaigrette over pasta salad, tossing as you drizzle so it is spread evenly.
- Serve and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving Calories 299Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 22mgSodium 672mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 10g
Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.