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Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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This is a scrumptious, colourful, and filling pasta salad recipe featuring rice-shaped orzo (aka risoni) pasta, a variety of fresh vegetables such as crunchy cucumber and juicy grape tomatoes, fruity and salty Kalamata black olives, zesty feta cheese, and a homemade vinaigrette that ties everything together!

It’s perfect to bring to a potluck, a get-together or for meal prepping as it tastes wonderful for days.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette!

How do you make this pasta salad recipe?

A large round wooden platter holding chopped cucumbers, grape tomatoes, red bell peppers, black olives, and red onions.

Cook orzo pasta until al dente, prepare the vegetables, and measure out the cheese. Full ingredient amounts and instructions in the recipe card down below).

How to pit olives?

You can buy pitted olives (it’s less work to prepare!), but olives with pits tend to be less expensive.

Place the olive on a flat surface and then using your thumb or the flat side of a chef’s knife, flatten the olive until the olive cracks, making it easier to squeeze or pull the pit out.

Alternately, you can use a paring knife by slicing around the pit to halve the olive, making it easy to remove the pit.

A large glass bowl containing orzo pasta, feta cheese, sliced red onions, and chopped tomatoes, olives, cucumber, and bell pepper.

Place the orzo and vegetables, olives, and cheese in a large bowl.

A mason jar containing homemade lemon vinaigrette.

Place all the vinaigrette ingredients in a mason jar, seal with the lid, and shake until well-combined (or whisk in a medium bowl).

An overhead view of bowl of Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette.

Drizzle the dressing on top of the Greek Orzo Salad and toss to combine. Enjoy!

Greek orzo pasta salad with lemon vinaigrette in a brown bowl and in a large glass bowl.

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Overhead view of a brown bowl filled with Greek orzo salad.

Overall, this Greek pasta salad is:

  • Delicious: This recipe uses tasty small pasta, fresh colourful vegetables, rich, fruity and briny black olives, and creamy feta cheese all mixed with a complementary homemade lemon red wine vinaigrette.
  • Simple to prepare: It doesn’t require any fancy technique and is ready in 30 minutes.
  • A wonderful lunch or side dish that tastes great for days.
  • Great for taking to gatherings such as potlucks or barbecues as this recipe makes a generous amount (12 cups!).
  • Adaptable and scalable such that you can make more or less and use the vegetables you have on hand that you think will go well in this pasta salad.
  • Vegetarian too. Make it vegan by omitting the cheese and honey from the dressing if you like.
Greek orzo salad with crumbled feta, Kalamata olives, and raw vegetables in a dark brown bowl and a large glass bowl.

I hope you try this pasta salad! If you make this recipe, please leave me a rating and comment down below or tag me on any of my social media. I’m @yay_for_food on Instagram. Please share your recipe pictures!

Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Yield: 8-10 (makes 12 cups)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Simple, colourful, and delicious! This Greek pasta salad recipe features orzo along with lots of fresh vegetables and a homemade vinaigrette. Easy to make, tastes great for days, and perfect for your next barbecue or potluck.


For the pasta salad:

  • 1½ cups (10 oz) orzo pasta
  • 1½ cups Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1½ cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 English cucumber, quartered lengthwise and chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (4½ oz) feta cheese, crumbled

For the lemon vinaigrette:

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp pure honey (optional)
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper


  1. For the pasta salad. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water, until pasta is cooled*. Set aside. As the orzo cooks, prepare the vegetables and measure out the feta cheese.
  2. For the lemon vinaigrette. Place the vinaigrette ingredients in a food safe jar, seal with the lid, and shake the jar until the ingredients are well-combined (or whisk together the ingredients in a medium bowl). Taste and adjust to flavour preferences.
  3. Put it together. In a large bowl, toss together the orzo, vegetables, feta, and vinaigrette until the pasta and vegetables are coated with the dressing. Taste for additional salt and pepper.
  4. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate before serving.


  • *After draining the hot water from the pasta, run the pasta under cold water to stop the cooking process and rinse residual starch off.
  • Nutritional information represents one serving for a total of ten servings.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 328mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

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Sunday 7th of July 2019

Delicious Greek salad! Only thing I would change is to add the feta right before serving so it doesn't get so broken up and look less appetizing.

Marie | Yay! For Food

Monday 8th of July 2019

Thanks Jess! Good tip. Sometimes I add a little extra feta (and/or tomatoes, olives, etc) on top of the salad before serving so it looks a little prettier too!


Thursday 17th of January 2019

Just fabulous! Such great vibrant ingredients! I need to use orzo more often.

Marie | Yay! For Food

Thursday 17th of January 2019

Thank you Mimi!

Neli Howard

Thursday 17th of January 2019

This salad looks simply perfect for a light quick and healthy dinner. So good!

Marie | Yay! For Food

Thursday 17th of January 2019

Thanks Neli!


Thursday 17th of January 2019

I picked up some orzo for the first time this week, this looks like a fab way to ease into using it.

Marie | Yay! For Food

Thursday 17th of January 2019

Definitely! Thanks Brian.


Thursday 17th of January 2019

That lemon vinaigrette sounds perfect for this salad!

Marie | Yay! For Food

Thursday 17th of January 2019

Thank you!

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