Orzo pasta salad made with all the traditional Greek flavors you love and is a super easy side dish that you can make ahead of time for your next potluck!

Juicy cherry tomatoes, tangy feta cheese, red onions and black olives all coated in fresh lemon juice. This pasta salad is so bright and fresh!

We have a traditional Greek pasta salad on the blog, but I’m pretty obsessed with this orzo version. Just like I’m obsessed with our lemon orzo with parmesan and peas! Orzo is just so fun and so versatile!

A white bowl of Greek orzo pasta salad with red onion, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumbers and black olives.

What Is Orzo?

Orzo is a rice-shaped pasta that can be traditionally prepared as pasta or cooked and served in much the same way as rice.

Ingredients Needed to Make Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

In most grocery stores, you walk in and you’re in the produce section. So grab a few plastic produce bags and knock out half this list right there:

  • Orzo Pasta
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Chicken Broth
  • Lemon
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cracked Pepper
  • Salt
  • Feta
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • English Cucumber
  • Red Onion
  • Olives (black or kalamata)
  • Fresh Parsley

You’ll find orzo right next to all your other pastas, and remember that you’re looking for a pasta that looks like rice.

A white bowl of orzo pasta salad with red onion, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese and black olives.

How to Make Greek Pasta Salad

Scroll down to the recipe card to get all the specifics of how to make the pasta. Here are the basics:

  • Toast the dry orzo in a little oil on the stove top.
  • Add the garlic and then cook the pasta in chicken broth.
  • Rinse and drain the onion.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients, toss to coat and serve.

Tips for Making Perfect Orzo Pasta Salad

  1. Toast the pasta: we love the nutty flavor toasting the pasta gives the orzo in this dish!
  2. Cook past al dente: cook the pasta just past al dente. The pasta will soak in the lemon juice and cook a little more after being drained so you don’t want to overcook it and end up with mushy orzo!
  3. Add grilled chicken: this can easily be turned into a main dish if you just add a little grilled chicken to it!

A white bowl full of Greek orzo pasta salad with black olives, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, slices of red onions and feta cheese.

Is Orzo Gluten-Free? 

Many people mistakenly believe orzo is gluten-free because it looks like rice (which is gluten-free). However, because traditional orzo pasta is made with wheat flour it is NOT gluten-free. It’s becoming easier to find gluten-free alternatives though, so I’m sure you can find gluten-free orzo in store or online. Just make sure to double check the label to ensure it’s certified gluten-free! 

How Long Will Greek Orzo Last? 

Because this Greek orzo contains no meat, it will last for up to a week in the fridge. When reheating this easy dinner recipe, you’ll want to do so in a skillet with a little water or chicken broth to prevent the pasta from drying out or becoming gummy. 

A white bowl of Greek orzo pasta salad with slices of red onion, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and black olives.

Can I Freeze Greek Pasta Salad?

Yes this pasta salad can be frozen. Cook the pasta as directed in the instructions, then let it cook completely. Freeze it in an airtight container. It will last in the freezer for 1-2 weeks.

Is Greek Pasta Salad Healthy?

Almost all the other Greek pasta salad recipes I’ve found online have an oil based dressing, but this is simply dressed with fresh lemon juice and parsley which makes it healthy. Orzo is a pasta, which makes it high in carbs, but all the rest of the salad is extremely healthy.  Fresh veggies are always a good thing!

A white bowl of Greek orzo pasta salad with halved cherry tomatoes, slices of red onion, cucumber, black olives and feta cheese.

I think at least one pasta salad recipe should be enjoyed weekly all summer long! Put this Greek orzo pasta salad on the menu for this week!

Looking for more delicious ORZO RECIPES?

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

3.22 from 14 votes
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 14 mins


  • 1 1/2 Cups Orzo Pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Lemon, zested
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Cracked Pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Cup Feta, cubed
  • 10 oz Grape Tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 Cucumber, English, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Onion, red, sliced very thin
  • 1 Cup Black Olives, or Kalamata
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley, fresh


  • In a skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and pasta.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally until toasted, about 30-60 seconds.
  • Add garlic and stir it in
  • Add the broth, a small amount at a time.
  • Bring to a boil, cover the skillet with a lid and turn down to a simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the pasta has absorbed most of the water and is tender.
  • Rinse the onion in cold water and drain well.
  • Remove the lid and add remaining ingredients.
  • Toss to coat evenly and serve immediately.


This Greek Orzo salad can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Serving: 1CupCalories: 392kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 15gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 1075mgPotassium: 656mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 971IUVitamin C: 51mgCalcium: 245mgIron: 2mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 100 Family Favorite Easy Healthy Recipes

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A white bowl of Greek orzo pasta salad with red onion, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumbers and black olives.


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