This Greek orzo pasta salad is loaded with fresh vegetables and tossed in a delicious lemon and herb vinaigrette. It's a perfect side dish for your next summer party!
Why This Recipe Works
Some pasta salads can be a bit heavy with creamy dressings or large pasta that overpower the vegetables. Using orzo pasta in this Greek pasta salad lets all the delicious fresh veggies shine. And the bright and tangy lemon and herb vinaigrette brings it all together for a perfect light and fresh side dish for summer!
For this Greek orzo pasta salad we will use traditional Greek salad vegetables and I also like to add in a variety of bell peppers for more color. Feta cheese and olives add a briney saltiness to the dish. And the lemon vinaigrette helps to balance it all out with some acid.
Step By Step Instructions
- Prepare the orzo pasta to al dente as instructed on the package then let it cool. While the pasta cools, dice all of the veggies and chop the parsley, then add to a large mixing bowl.
- Whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl.
- Add the cooled pasta and the vinaigrette to the mixing bowl with the veggies and toss until well combined. Allow the pasta salad to rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, then toss before serving.
What to serve with orzo pasta salad
This Greek orzo salad is perfect for an easy, light side with barbecue like pulled pork and smoked ribs. It's also awesome with my spinach and feta turkey burgers, chicken souvlaki, or lamb kebabs for a Mediterranean cookout.
Recipe Tips and FAQs
This pasta salad is best the day of, but you can make it a day ahead if necessary. The veggies will just not be as crisp after sitting overnight in the vinaigrette. I would also recommend adding a little more of the dressing before serving since most of it will get soaked up by the pasta and veggies overnight.
Like most pasta salads this one is pretty flexible. I like to use the traditional Greek salad mix of tomatoes, red onion, and cucumbers but you can add almost anything to this dish. Chopped broccoli, zucchini, and squash are good options.
You can definitely use other types of pasta for this dish. Almost any type of small pasta will work but penne, macaroni, or bow tie pasta are some great choices.
Greek Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice about 2 lemons
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
- ½ teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ⅛ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 ¼ cups 8 oz dry orzo
- 1½ cups grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 medium English cucumber chopped
- 2 cups mixed bell peppers chopped
- ½ cup chopped red onion
- ½ cup sliced kalamata olives or ¾ cup sliced black olives
- 1 cup crumbled feta
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- Add all of the vinaigrette ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until well combined.
- Cook the pasta according to package instructions until just al dente. Drain and set aside to cool.
- While the pasta cools, chop all of the vegetables and add to a large mixing bowl.
- Add the cooled pasta to the bowl of chopped vegetables then add the vinaigrette and toss until combined.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight, then toss again before serving.
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