Lemon Orzo Salad

Lemon orzo salad is fresh, flavorful, and easy to make. It’s filled with fresh herbs, crisp veggies, and tender orzo. Perfect to serve at a spring or summer meal.

Lemon Orzo Salad on a white platter.

This orzo pasta salad recipe is super customizable! You can easily use other mix-ins based on your preferences and what you have on hand.

Pasta Salads are perfect for summer! Here are a few more of our favorites: Best Macaroni Salad, Zesty Italian Pasta Salad, or Tuna Pasta Salad.

Table of Contents
  1. Why It’s Great
  2. How To Make Lemon Orzo Salad
  3. FAQs
  4. Serving Suggestions
  5. Variations
  6. Storage
  7. Expert Tips
  8. More Pasta Salad Recipes
  9. Lemon Orzo Salad Recipe

Why It’s Great

  • Fresh and Flavorful – Loaded with fresh veggies and herbs.
  • Customizable – You can use different veggies or even add a protein.
  • Ready in 20 Minutes – Just cook the orzo, chop the veggies, and mix it all together!

How To Make Lemon Orzo Salad

Get a detailed list of ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below.

This lemon orzo pasta salad is ready in just 20 minutes and is so easy to make!

  1. Cook Orzo – Start by cooking the orzo according to package directions. Once cooked, drain and rinse the orzo with cold water. This helps keep the orzo from sticking together.
  2. Mix Dressing – Make the dressing by whisking together the ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Toss Salad – To the dressing, add the cooked orzo, Feta, cucumbers, tomatoes, and herbs. Toss everything until well coated with the dressing and combined.
  4. Chill and Serve – Chill the salad in the fridge until ready to serve. I like to give the salad another toss just before serving.
Dressing mixed in a white bowl.
Ingredients for Orzo salad in a white bowl.
Mixed Orzo Salad in a white bowl.

FAQs

Do you need to rinse orzo?

If you’re serving orzo cold, I recommend rinsing. Rinsing helps keep it from sticking together. If you’re serving orzo hot in a pasta sauce, then you don’t need to rinse.

Is orzo like pasta?

Orzo is a small pasta that is shaped like rice.  You can find it at most grocery stores with the other dried pastas. It is very versatile and can be used in soups, pasta salads, and even casseroles.

Serving Suggestions

This summer orzo salad is a versatile side dish. I love serving it with other fresh dishes or our favorite grilling recipes. Try these Grilled Chicken Kabobs or Grilled Salmon Kabobs. Wash everything down with a refreshing glass of Homemade Limeade.

Variations

  • Veggies – This recipe is a great way to use up other veggies in the fridge. Some other favorites are bell pepper, green onions, baby spinach, and red onion.
  • Cheese – Instead of feta, crumbled goat cheese or mozzarella pearls are also great! Or you can omit the cheese if you want the recipe to be dairy-free.
  • Protein – For a heartier salad, try mixing in a protein like rinsed chickpeas, white beans, shredded chicken, or small shrimp.

Storage

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Over time, the orzo will soak up the dressing. You can add a little more dressing or oil to moisten the salad again before serving.

Small bowls of Orzo pasta salad.
  • Chill Before Serving – For best results, I like to chill the salad for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mix together.
  • Add Extra Oil – If you need the salad to chill for more than a couple of hours, the orzo may start to soak up the dressing. You can add a little more oil just before serving when tossing together to add moisture back.

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Lemon Orzo Salad

Lemon Orzo Salad is Flavorful and simple side dish. With fresh herbs, crisp veggies, and and a tangy dressing it's perfect for warm weather.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 423kcal

Ingredients
  

Salad:

  • 2 cups orzo uncooked
  • 4 ounces Feta cheese crumbles
  • 1 cup diced English cucumber
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes quartered
  • ¼ cup fresh minced parsley
  • ½ cup fresh basil chopped

Dressing:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice or more to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons honey or to taste, optional
  • Kosher Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook orzo in boiling, salted water, according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Whisk together dressing ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Add orzo, Feta, cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley and basil. Toss the salad until well coated with the dressing.
  • Chill until ready to serve. Toss again just before serving.

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Over time, the orzo will soak up the dressing. You can add a little more dressing or oil to moisten the salad again before serving.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 423kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 10gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 230mgPotassium: 354mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 800IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 125mgIron: 2mg
Keyword lemon orzo salad, orzo pasta salad

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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