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Spring has sprung and it’s time to eat everything green, like this Greek Orzo Salad! Don’t get me wrong, I love winter comfort food, but it’s definitely time to get back into lighter fare for spring and summer. This orzo salad was absolutely amazing for dinner and made me forget that it’s still going to snow at least one more time this spring, because I live in Alberta.

Greek Orzo Salad
Greek Orzo Salad

How to Make an Orzo Salad

Using orzo in a salad is super easy! All you have to do is replace the pasta that you usually use in your favourite pasta salad recipe and replace it with orzo.

  • Cook the orzo according to the package directions
  • Drain and cool the orzo
  • Toss with your favourite salad ingredients and dressing

What is Orzo?

Orzo is actually a pasta, not a rice like one might believe from the size and shape of it. Orzo is a small, flat disk pasta that does resemble arborio rice, so it’s an easy mistake to make.  Orzo is also known as “risoni”, so if you see that name on a package it’s the same thing, although orzo can be slightly larger than risoni.

How do I Cook Orzo?

It is a little different to cook than other pastas simply because it’s so small, you would think it cooks for less time. Nope! Orzo needs around 10 minutes cooking time and should be treated like any other pasta when cooking. Salted water brought to a boil, then rinsed at the end in cold water to stop the cooking process. Not only that, you need to rinse the starches off the orzo since it’s going into a cold salad.

 Greek Orzo Salad close up of tomatoes, orzo, black olives feta and purple onions in a white bowl
Greek Orzo Salad close up of tomatoes, orzo, black olives feta and purple onions in a white bowl

Tips & Tricks for Making the Best Greek Orzo Salad

  • Like most pasta salad, this Greek Orzo Salad is eaten cold and needs to be refrigerated.
  • Don’t make this a day ahead of time, no matter how tempting it is. The tomatoes will weep and make for a soggy salad. This is best made the morning of, perhaps even an hour or two before serving.
  • You CAN make the orzo ahead of time, prepare it and then toss it with some olive oil and refrigerate. This is a great tip for busy Mom’s! Make everything ahead of time, even slicing the vegetables and refrigerate. The tomatoes will actually drain in the container in the fridge, making it less soggy. You just have to wait to combine the ingredients.
  • You can substitute in more of any one vegetable that you see fit. I like a ton of cucumbers in everything that I eat!
  • Make sure to rinse the orzo well in cold water right after cooking. The starches left on it after boiling will absolutely affect the texture of the salad.
Greek Orzo Salad- tomatoes, orzo, black olives feta and purple onions in a white bowl
Greek Orzo Salad- tomatoes, orzo, black olives feta and purple onions in a white bowl

Are you looking for some other great pasta salad recipes? Try these:

  1. Fast & Easy Greek Pasta Salad
  2. Tuna Macaroni Salad
  3. Classic Retro Picnic Macaroni Salad

Happy cooking! Who else is thrilled that spring is finally here?

Love,

Karlynn

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Greek Orzo Salad

Greek Orzo Salad- tomatoes, orzo, black olives feta and purple onions combined with orzo and a Greek olive oil vinaigrette makes this a healthy and delicious dinner!  

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Course
Salad
Cuisine
Greek
Servings
6
Calories
340
Author
Karlynn Johnston
Keywords
orzo salad

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 (12-14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained well and chopped
  • 1 large tomato drained, seeded and chopped
  • 1 English cucumber seeded and chopped
  • 1 purple/red onion chopped
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 (2 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Greek Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice to your taste
  • 1-2 tsp Greek Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  2. Add in the orzo and cook until al dente, around 8-10 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process and rinse the starches off. Once drained well, place in a large serving bowl.
  3. Add in the artichoke hearts, tomato, cucumber, onion, feta, olives and parsley.
  4. Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients, then pour over the salad.
  5. Toss the ingredients until coated, then chill for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

You can use orzo to replace any pasta in your regular pasta salad

Nutrition Information

Calories: 340kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 323mg, Potassium: 261mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 12.2%, Vitamin C: 14.9%, Calcium: 14.9%, Iron: 6.4%

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Salads / Greek Orzo SaladLast updated on April 17, 2019
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I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian Prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Judy says

    This looks delicious! I love Greek salad and this is a nice twist. I am going to buy the ingredients to make it this weekend.

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