Greek Orzo Salad with Olives, Cucumbers, & Feta

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Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese in a bowl with wood spoon!  It's combined with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light!

This is a recipe to make you go weak in the knees.  My Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese is seduction in a bowl!  Yes, I have been seduced and believe me, you will be too.  It’s creamy, tangy, crunchy, salty, fresh, bright, and irresistibly delicious.  The base here is Orzo, which is the perfect size and texture.  Cucumber brings a cool refreshing crunch.  The kalamata olives and feta bring the saltiness and tang that keep you coming back for more…and more…and more.   All of this goodness is combined with a creamy lemon dressing that’s bright and light!

Serve with my Ground Chicken Greek Meatballs!

This is a super easy recipe to make anytime because most of the ingredients come right out of your pantry or freezer!  Click here to get more pantry dinner ideas and  Pantry Must-Haves for Quick & Easy Dinners!

Spoonful of Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese over a bowl! It's combined with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light!

Cold Salads are EASY Meal Prep

Meal Prep with all the identical containers so perfectly organized.  

identical meal prep containers.

Do you look at this and think, “beautiful!  But it ain’t gonna happen in my house”?  Well, if you have kids and are making family dinners, of course it’s not gonna happen!  

Thats where making one big bowl of something, whether its a soup, a stew, a casserole, or a salad, can make all the difference.  You can make one bowl that everyone can serve themselves from.

Or you can make one bowl for YOU for lunches throughout the week.  Here are some other favorite cold salad ideas for meal prep:

Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese in a bowl with lemon on side. It's mixed with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special for this one! Just medium pot for boiling the Orzo.

And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR GREEK ORZO SALAD

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

For this recipe, you can prep the entire salad ahead!  It will last 5-6 days in your fridge so you can enjoy it all week long!

Start by cooking your Orzo until al dente, then strain and rinse it with cold water. Store in the fridge until ready to mix.Cooked Orzo in bowl for Greek Orzo Salad.

While the pasta is cooking, prep the other ingredients:  Slice your cucumber, pit and quarter your olives, slice the scallions, chop the cilantro, crumble Feta.  Note: You can substitute parsley in for the cilantro, but I love the bright flavor that cilantro brings to this salad!

Kalamata Olives being quartered for Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese.  It's mixed with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light! Diced Cucumbers for Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese.  It's mixed with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light!

Once the pasta is cooled in a large bowl, add the cucumbers, olives, scallions, and feta.  I like to leave the cilantro out until the end.

Cucumber, Kalamata Olives, Feta Cheese, Scallions, and orzo all separate in bowl for Greek Orzo Salad.

Can I use another Pasta shape?

Yep!  I love Orzo because it’s such a small shape and size, so the dressing easily coats each and every piece.  Also the small shape allows the other ingredients to really stand out.  However, if you don’t have Orzo, you can use another small cut pasta, such as fusilli, rotini, ditalini, pene, or similar.

Do I have to use pasta?

Not at all!  You could use quinoa, rice, farro, or any other hearty grain you like!  If you want to skip the carbs all together, you could add in kale or other greens.  You could also make this into a meal by adding a protein such as chopped chicken breast or tuna or chickpeas.

PREP THE LEMON DRESSING

In a small mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise, dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper.

Zest entire Lemon, then cut in half. Add the zest and juice from half of the lemon to the dressing. 

Zesting Lemon over bowl for Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese.

MIX & SERVE YOUR GREEK ORZO SALAD 

Mix the dressing and then add it to the orzo salad. Fold gently to completely combine.  Last fold in the fresh cilantro, saving some for garnish if you want.

Ingredients in bowl for Lemon dressing for Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese.

Pouring dressing over Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese.  It's mixed with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light!

Cilantro added to Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese.  It's mixed with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light!

Serve with cilantro garnish. This will last 5 days in the fridge!

ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese in a bowl with spoon on side. It's mixed with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light!

Greek Orzo Salad with Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta

This Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese will make you go weak in the knees!  It's creamy, tangy, crunchy, salty, fresh, bright, and delicious.  It starts with Orzo pasta. Cucumber brings a cool refreshing crunch.  The kalamata olives and feta bring the saltiness and tang. All of this goodness is combined with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light! #greeksalad #orzosalad #pastasalad #picnicfood #summerrecipes #grillingsides #easysalads

Course pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Greek
Keyword feta, kalamata olives, meatless, orzo, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 244 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Salad

  • 8 oz Uncooked Orzo 2 cups cooked
  • 3/4 cup Kalamata Olives, Pitted and quartered
  • 1/2 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1/2 English Cucumber
  • 3 Scallions
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro You can substitute parsley

Lemon Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper (or to taste)

Instructions

Prep Ahead Ingredients

  1. Boil a medium pot of water for the Orzo pasta. Once the pasta water is boiling, add a pinch of salt. Add the Orzo and stir. Boil the Orzo until al dente, about 5-8 minutes. Strain the pasta and rinse with cold water. Store in the fridge until ready to mix.

    Cooked Orzo in bowl for Greek Orzo Salad.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prep the other ingredients: Wash your English cucumber and then slice in half lengthwise. Cut each half in half again lengthwise so it's now quartered. Slice into 1/4 inch thick slices.

    Diced Cucumbers for Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese. It's mixed with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light!
  3. If your Olives are not pitted and quartered, do that now.

    Kalamata Olives being quartered for Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese. It's mixed with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light!
  4. Slice the scallions. Chop the cilantro. Crumble Feta if not already done.

  5. Once the pasta is cooled in a large bowl, add the cucumbers, olives, scallions, and feta. I like to leave the cilantro out until the end and fold it in after the dressing.

    Cucumber, Kalamata Olives, Feta Cheese, Scallions, and orzo all separate in bowl for Greek Orzo Salad.

Prep Ahead Lemon Dressing

  1. In a small mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise, dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper.

    Adding minced garlic to Lemon dressing for Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese.
  2. Zest entire Lemon, then cut in half. Add the zest and juice from half of the lemon to the dressing.

    Zesting Lemon over bowl for Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese.

Mix and Serve!

  1. Mix the dressing and then add it to the orzo salad. Fold gently to completely combine. Serve with cilantro garnish. This will last 5 days in the fridge!

    Cilantro added to Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese. It's mixed with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light!

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