Greek Orzo Salad

by Jamie on May 27, 2010

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On Monday, I posted a sensational recipe for grilled Greek Chicken Kabobs and mentioned serving them with a fabulous orzo salad. This salad simple, fresh and delicious so I had to share it with you!

Since I was serving this salad alongside the Greek Chicken Kabobs, I knew I wanted to add some Greek flavors to the pasta as well. I quickly surveyed my refrigerator and established my game plan.

I studded the perfectly cooked orzo pasta with crisp vegetables, feta cheese and poured on a homemade Greek dressing that will make you swoon!

This recipe is perfect for summer and would definitely be an awesome addition to any Memorial Day BBQ spread. This recipe is quick, easy and can be adapted to your personal tastes. If you give this one a try this weekend, definitely stop back and let me know what you thought! Have a great day!

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Greek Orzo Salad

May 27th, 2010

Yield: 4-6

Ingredients:

For the Dressing

1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic; finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/4 cup red wine vinegar

For the Salad

1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
1/2 cup grape tomatoes; halved
1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
1/4 red onion; chopped
1/2 red bell pepper; chopped
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
5-10 green olives, drained and halved

Directions:

For the Dressing

1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until well incorporated.

For the Salad

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Drain.

2. In large bowl combine pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, bell peppers, feta and olives. Toss with dressing and chill for at least one 1 hour in refrigerator.

Notes:

- No blender? That's just fine, simply mix/shake the ingredients until thoroughly blended.


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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

bunkycooks May 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm

This is one of my favorite salads! I make a slightly different version. I will try your recipe next time.

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Jessica @ How Sweet May 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Love orzo. Sometimes I am able to scrounge up some whole wheat orzo. Delicious!

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Joanne May 27, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Orzo makes for the best pasta salads and this one is chock full of awesome ingredients! I love Greek salads!

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Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 27, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I love Mediterranean pasta dishes. This looks perfect for a light summer supper. :)

Jenn

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Cherine May 28, 2010 at 2:53 am

This orzo salad looks so fresh and delicicious!

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best cook May 28, 2010 at 5:20 am

I like the orzo a lot, it remains one of my preferred dish . This recipe is another one I love. Thank you for sharing.

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Katrina May 28, 2010 at 8:48 am

This looks super yummy. I am always looking for new orzo recipes. Thanks!

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Weekend Cowgirl May 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

I love orzo! This might make a great Memorial Day weekend salad!

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Emily May 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm

This will be a perfect side dish for our BBQ this weekend. I love orzo and always forget to make it – thanks for sharing your recipe!

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Stephanie June 1, 2010 at 8:52 am

I tried your recipe yesterday and I loved it! My orzo detesting husband also enjoyed it and had 2 servings.

You have a great blog and great recipes. Thanks!

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Ashley June 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Yumm I would love a giant bowl of that! I love orzo and there aren’t enough good orzo recipes out there.

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Jess June 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I’ve always been facinated with orzo. I bought a box and used some in soup but haven’t found any good recipes yet.

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Cathy June 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I just found your website last week, and made this Orzo Salad for a bbq yesterday. So easy and so yummy. It was a big hit with everyone. I will def be making more of your recipes. Thank you

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Kathy June 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm

My hubby’s boss is coming for dinner and I made this salad to go with our BBQ. I took a taste and it’s great! I’m sure it will be a hit! Thanks for the recipe.

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Sarah July 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Sooo delicious!! I have made this recipe 3 times in the past week!!! It has been such a hit and it tastes sooo good…not to mention perfect for summer!! Loveeee it and will be making this many many more times!! :)

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Sarah July 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

This salad was so good. It was light and fresh with all the crunchy veggies. Perfect side for the greek chicken kabobs!

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Angela July 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Looks good! How many servings does this make?

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Jamie July 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Angela-
This makes about 4-6 servings. Thanks for stopping by.
Jamie

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Karen Peterson May 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

So good….made this tonight before my boys (husband and son) head to Florida with the Greek Chicken Kabobs and all was inhaled; thanks for sharing a recipe that is now a favorite of my whole family!!

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Heather June 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I know this is an older recipe. I have made it many times and everyone loves it! I am thinking about making it for a house boat trip and wonder how far in advance it can be made? How long will it stay good for?

Thanks!

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Jamie June 14, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Heather-
Thanks for stopping by! I will typically make this night before I plan on serving it. It allows the flavors to meld a bit – I’ll add a bit more dressing right before serving. Have a great night.
-Jamie

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Lorie Vance-Castaneda March 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Made this tonight…minus the bell peppers and it was soo yummy! Thanks for a great recipe! We eat another orzo salad every week that is one of our favs (with spinach, garlic and feta) and now I’m so excited to add another one in our menu lineup!

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