Quick and Easy Greek Orzo Salad With Lemon Garlic Dressing

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Greek orzo salad is delicate yet hearty and topped with our favorite, fresh salad veggies. Top it with crisp cucumbers, fresh tomatoes, onion, and bell pepper—and you can’t forget the olives, feta, and lemon garlic dressing. It can be served warm or chilled for a quick and easy side that’s ready in just 20 minutes!

We love summertime because of the variety of fruits and veggies available to add to your recipes. 

But do you ever feel like even though traditional salads are easy to toss together, they sometimes leave you hungry just a few hours later? 

Here at The Produce Moms, we understand how hard it is to find delicious, healthy, and filling meals your whole family will enjoy. That’s why we’re so excited to share this recipe with you! 

Greek orzo salad in a serving bowl.

Greek orzo salad is sponsored by NatureSweet®.

This Greek orzo pasta salad has everything you want. It’s nutritious, crisp, fresh, crunchy, lemony… it’s got all the things. And our favorite part is that it comes together in just 20 minutes. 

Let your kids in on the fun. They can toss the Greek orzo salad ingredients into the serving bowl as you chop them. This recipe is fun, easy, and loved by everyone in our family.

Let’s go ahead and check out what you’ll need to make this incredible salad recipe.

Greek Orzo Salad Ingredients

Orzo, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, bell peppers, kalamata olives, feta, dill, and parsley

Nine of the ten ingredients can be found in… you guessed it, the produce aisle. This makes your trip to the grocery store fast and easy so you can be in and out in a flash. You may already have some of the salad toppings at home, so let’s double-check. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Orzo

This is a small, oval-shaped pasta that cooks in about 10 minutes until al dente. It’s the only cooking you’ll do for your Greek orzo pasta. We like to use the orzo cook time to cut, dice, and slice the veggies. It saves you time by getting the prep and cooking done all at once. 

Produce

You’ll need five veggies for your orzo Greek salad. They are all affordable and accessible at any grocery store. If you’d like, feel free to add some of your kid’s favorite salad toppings that may not be on the recipe card. That’s part of the fun!

We use crisp, cooling cucumbers, juicy tomatoes that burst in your mouth, and crunchy bell peppers from NatureSweet®. Their produce is always fresh and flavorful. You’ll dice your cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion and chop the bell peppers and kalamata olives before adding them to your salad. 

Related: Behind the Tomatoes: NatureSweet® I Doing What’s Right

Feta

Our favorite salads always have something creamy in them. So we added crumbled feta cheese. You can even find feta that’s already seasoned. There’s a Mediterranean herb-seasoned feta that goes really well with Greek orzo salad. We highly recommend that one for extra punchy Greek flavor.

Herbs

It’s always best to use fresh herbs when you can. Chop some dill and parsley before you sprinkle it over your salad and then give it a toss. Fresh herbs have aromatic oils that emphasize the flavors of your orzo Greek salad in a tasty way. This lemony, peppery herb duo is the perfect addition to your Greek orzo pasta salad. 

How to Make Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

This Greek orzo salad recipe couldn’t be easier to make. Just boil the orzo, chop the veggies, and toss it all together. 

Cooked orzo with diced cucumber in a mixing bowl.

Step 1: Boil the orzo.

Remember, even though it might not look like it, orzo is a type of pasta. Cook your orzo according to the package directions (usually about 10 minutes) until it’s al dente. Check the doneness by taste-testing a piece of pasta—your kids will give you honest feedback if you’re unsure.

Tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, bell pepper, olives, and dill in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Prep the veggies.

While the orzo cooks, halve your tomatoes, dice the cucumber and red onion, and chop the bell pepper, parsley, olives, and dill. We like to add the veggies to the serving bowl to save time on clean up later. 

Step 3: Drain and rinse the cooked orzo.

Transfer the al dente orzo to a strainer and rinse it under cool running water for 10 seconds. Shake the colander to remove excess water and add it to the large serving bowl. 

Step 4: Sprinkle with crumbled feta.

The feta is already crumbled. Just open the package and sprinkle in a half cup. 

Greek orzo salad tossed in lemon garlic dressing.

Step 5: Toss your Greek orzo salad.

Use salad tongs to mix up the salad before adding the lemon garlic dressing.

How to Make Lemon Garlic Dressing

homemade, four-ingredient lemon garlic dressing

This four-ingredient dressing is zesty, lemony, and herby. Add the lemon juice and zest, olive oil, garlic, and oregano to a mason jar and tighten the lid. Have your kids shake the jar until the ingredients are combined and you’ve got a homemade, lemon garlic dressing. It’s that easy!

Why We Love NatureSweet®

We love partnering with NatureSweet® because of their passion for growing tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. Their goal is to make the best-tasting produce for you and your family. We’re excited that we were able to use three of their fresh produce products in this quick and easy Greek orzo salad recipe. Be sure to look for the NatureSweet® logo in the produce section!

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Greek Orzo Salad

Greek orzo salad is topped with your favorite veggies, all piled on a delicate pasta base. Toss it with our 5-ingredient lemon garlic dressing, and dinner is ready in 20 minutes!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings6 people

Ingredients 

Greek Orzo Salad

  • 1 cup orzo pasta uncooked
  • 1 NatureSweet® English Cucumber diced
  • 16.5 oz NatureSweet Cherubs® halved
  • 1/3 cup red onion diced
  • 1/3 cup NatureSweet® Green Bell Pepper chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley chopped
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh dill chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta crumbled

Lemon Garlic Dressing

  • 2 lemons zest and juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

Instructions 

Greek Orzo Salad

  • Cook the orzo to al dente, according to the package directions.
  • Dice the cucumber and red onion, halve the tomatoes, and chop the bell pepper, parsley, olives, and dill.
  • When the orzo is cooked, drain and rinse it under cold water for 10 seconds. Make sure to drain well again, after rinsing.
  • Add all the salad ingredients (including the cooked orzo) to a large bowl and toss.

Lemon Garlic Dressing

  • In a small bowl or mason jar, combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic, oregano, and a hefty pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk or shake until the ingredients are combined.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the Greek orzo salad and serve!

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Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Greek orzo pasta salad, Greek orzo salad, Greek orzo salad recipe, orzo Greek salad
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About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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