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Greek Orzo Salad

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This Greek Orzo Salad is a veggie packed pasta salad recipe with spinach, olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumbers, artichokes, and more in a vinaigrette. A perfect cold salad side for BBQ and grilling Mediterranean food. #pastasalad #orzo #greekfood
A bowl of Mediterranean vegetables mixed with the pasta and spinach

Light and fresh Greek Orzo Salad is a delicious lunch or side dish packed with fresh flavors.

A bowl of Mediterranean vegetables mixed with the pasta and spinach

I just love a good pasta salad, especially as a side during the summer months when grilling at the BBQ.

I love to serve this up with my Grilled Greek Chicken Skewers or my Lemon Yogurt Greek Chicken.

This Greek Orzo Salad can be served cold or warm but I love it best cold.

And while it is a pasta salad recipe, the abundance of vegetables and spinach make it light and refreshing.

A spoon of Greek Orzo Salad

Mix Ins

This Greek Orzo Pasta Salad is inspired by the classic Greek salad and other popular Mediterranean ingredients.

The classic Greek salad is packed with tomatoes, feta, cucumber, and olives.

When I visited Greece, these amazing and simple flavors were everywhere and oh so delicious.

I add some additional Mediterranean flavors here such as artichokes, spinach, and oregano.

Feel free to eliminate anything you do not want, or to increase the ingredients you love! For me, that means extra olives.

A white bowl full of Greek Orzo Salad from the top
Close up of orzo pasta salad with Mediterranean vegetables

Cooking Pasta for a Salad

I am a big believer in not over cooking pasta to the point of it being too mushy.

Al dente pasta, which literally translates to “to the tooth,” means that there is a little bit of bight or firmness left in the pasta. Not crunchy, but texture.

It is especially important to just slightly undercook a pasta when making a pasta salad.

Since the pasta is naturally going to absorb some of the liquid from the dressing, you want to err just shy of how you want it cooked in the end.

And I love orzo pasta for this recipe as it has a great size and shape. If preferred, you can use any shaped pasta or broken angel hair however you may need to adjust the amount of dressing you make and use to get the right ratio.

A spoon digging into a bowl of Greek Orzo Salad

Making the Pasta Salad in Advance

I love cooking as much of the food as possible before an event or party.

So to make this Greek Orzo Pasta Salad ahead of time, make the pasta, toss it with all of the mix ins, and chill.

Then make the vinaigrette dressing and store it separately in the refrigerator.

When ready to serve, toss the vinaigrette into the pasta salad and you are all set!

Why wait until serving to toss it?

The pasta will absorb the vinaigrette when made in advance and you will end up with a rather dry pasta salad.

A bowl full of the pasta and vegetables

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A bowl of Mediterranean vegetables mixed with the pasta and spinach

Greek Orzo Salad

This Greek Orzo Salad is a veggie packed pasta salad recipe with spinach, olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumbers, artichokes, and more in a vinaigrette. A perfect cold salad side for BBQ and grilling Mediterranean food. #pastasalad #orzo #greekfood
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: Pasta, Summer, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 445kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta as per package directions until al dente. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  • While the pasta is cooking, dice the mix ins and make the dressing. Cut the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, olives, and artichoke hearts. Cut the spinach roughly so they are not too large
  • To make the dressing, in a small bowl combine the oil, vinegar, mustard, oregano, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt. Whisk to combine.
  • In the large pasta bowl, combine the pasta, vegetables, cheese, and dressing. Toss to coat.
  • Chill pasta until ready to serve.

Notes

If you are not a vinegar fan, you can cut it back to around 1/4 cup.
If making in advance, do not mix in the dressing until ready to serve so that it does not get soaked up and dry out the pasta.
This would also be great with some chicken or shrimp!
Make into more of a salad by heavily increasing the spinach.
Use more or less of any ingredient as desired based on what you love.
When I have time, I like to chill the pasta after cooking, before mixing with the rest of the ingredients, so it is extra chilled and does not absorb too much of the dressing.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1277IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2mg
By on February 15th, 2021

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8 thoughts on “Greek Orzo Salad”

  1. 5 stars
    Such a great salad and so delicious! My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe! Can’t wait to make this yummy salad again!

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  2. 5 stars
    Oh yum! Such amazing flavors packed into this orzo salad. Definitely the perfect addition to summer picnics. Love that crumbled feta too.

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  3. 5 stars
    This salad was absolutely perfect for lunch!! It was super easy to make, great for meal prep, and I enjoyed it over a few days!

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  4. 5 stars
    This greek salad looks so refreshing and delicious! I love that you used orzo pasta for this recipe, it’s my favorite! I can’t wait to give this a try 🙂

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  5. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing greek orzo salad recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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  6. 5 stars
    Yum! I love that you can serve this salad warm or cold. I agree, I would probably prefer it cold too. Love the added colors to it!

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