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Greek orzo salad with feta and olives
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5 from 3 votes

Greek Orzo Salad

Greek orzo salad combines classic Mediterranean flavors in an easy, light side dish that will brighten up any spring or summer cookout! The pasta salad can be made days in advance and features Kalamata olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, and lots of feta cheese. Toss with our homemade red wine vinaigrette!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Greek
Keyword: greek salad dressing, pasta salad recipe, red wine vinaigrette
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 366kcal
Author: Ari Laing

Equipment

  • Large pot for cooking orzo
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mason jar and lid or measuring cup and whisk

Ingredients

  • 16 oz orzo
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 1 medium bell pepper seeded and diced
  • ½ medium red onion diced
  • ½ English cucumber halved and sliced into half moons
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives pitted and thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup fresh feta cheese crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • fresh oregano for garnish

For the red wine vinaigrette

  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice plus 1 lemon zested
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Cook the orzo. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Season generously with Kosher salt (about 2 Tbsp), then add orzo, stir, and cook according to package directions, about 8-10 minutes, or until tender. Drain, then transfer orzo to a large mixing bowl.
  • Make the salad dressing. Combine ⅓ cup EVOO, ¼ red wine vinegar, 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice and 1 lemon zested, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp honey, ½ tsp Kosher salt, and ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper in a mason jar, then seal. Shake tightly until emulsified. Alternatively, you can whisk all ingredients together in a measuring cup or bowl. Set aside.
  • Mix the salad. To the orzo, add tomatoes, diced bell pepper, red onion, cucumber, and Kalamata olives. Drizzle the dressing on top, then toss well to thoroughly coat. Add crumbled feta and chopped parsley, then stir once more. Serve warm, room temperature, or cold. Just before serving, garnish with a few fresh oregano leaves.

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Notes

  • While the recipe makes the desired amount of dressing for this salad, you can increase the quantity of veggies to fit your specific tastes, adding as much or as little as you like!
  • Greek orzo salad will keep in an airtight container in a refrigerator for 4-5 days. Do not freeze.

Nutrition

Sodium: 450mg | Calcium: 105mg | Vitamin C: 37mg | Vitamin A: 998IU | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 356mg | Cholesterol: 13mg | Calories: 366kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Fat: 14g | Protein: 10g | Carbohydrates: 49g | Iron: 2mg
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