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Orzo pasta salad in white bowl.

Orzo Pasta Salad

  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 - 10 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This greek orzo pasta salad is light and fresh. It's loaded with tasty mix-ins like feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, fresh herbs, chickpeas and more. The dressing is a simple, classic red wine vinaigrette.


  • 2 cups orzo
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups sliced cucumbers (about 2 small cucumbers)
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, cubed
  • ½ cup sliced & pitted black olives
  • ⅓ cup fresh parsley, chopped


  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cook the pasta: fill a large pot with water and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring the pot to a boil and cook the orzo according to package directions until al dente (cooked but still slightly firm in the middle, not overcooked or mushy).
  2. Make the dressing: while the pasta cooks, make the dressing. Stir together all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Rinse the pasta: drain and rinse the cooked pasta under cold water.
  4. Mix the salad: add the pasta and remaining salad ingredients to a large bowl. Stir. Drizzle with the dressing and stir.
  5. Serve: taste and season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Optionally, refrigerate for 30 mins before serving, which will make the flavors stronger.


  • Dressing: you can also use a store-bought dressing (Italian or Greek) and use about ½ cup.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main Course, Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Greek Inspired

Keywords: orzo, pasta salad, greek, italian, cold, summer, mediterranean