Free Bonus: Back to School?! Breakfast, Snack, and Easy Dinners for this Fall.

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

1 Review

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

4 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

This Greek Orzo salad can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Facts
Greek Orzo Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 392 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 1075mg47%
Potassium 656mg19%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 971IU19%
Vitamin C 51mg62%
Calcium 245mg25%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

REMEMBER TO SUBSCRIBE TO our FREE Oh Sweet Basil NEWSLETTER AND RECEIVE EASY RECIPES DELIVERED INTO YOUR INBOX EVERY DAY!

When you try a recipe, please use the hashtag #ohsweetbasil on INSTAGRAM for a chance to be featured in our stories!  FOLLOW OH, SWEET BASIL ON FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER FOR ALL OF OUR LATEST CONTENT, RECIPES AND STORIES.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Oh, Sweet Basil on Instagram

Want more of our family, recipes, and all our shenanigans?

Check us out on Instagram and be sure to tag us @ohsweetbasil #ohsweetbasil for a chance to be featured!

Free Email Series Back to School?! Breakfast, Snack, and Easy Dinners for this Fall.

About the authors

carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

Leave a comment

Recipe Rating




2 comments

  • Quick question, in the post before the recipe you say to drain and rinse the orzo. In the recipe content the directions say to rinse the onion and add everything else to the pan. Is the Greek orzo pasta salad cold or warm. I’m in middle of making it and can’t decide how to proceed.

    • Reply
    • Oops! That is a typo in the post. It should say rinse the onion. It is a room temperature salad, but it is delicious warm or cold too. Whatever works best with your schedule! I hope you get this response in time! Sorry for the confusion! Enjoy!

      • Reply

Free Email Series Back to School?! Breakfast, Snack, and Easy Dinners for this Fall.