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Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing

Throw together this simple Greek orzo salad for a quick summer dinner. With all the ingredients of a classic Greek salad but tossed with orzo pasta and lemon dressing this is my favourite thing to serve as a side at a summer party. #orzosalad #greeksalad #thecookreport #healthyrecipe #saladrecipe

Throw together this simple Greek orzo salad for a quick summer dinner. With all the ingredients of a classic Greek salad but tossed with orzo pasta and lemon dressing this is my favourite thing to serve as a side at a summer party.

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Greek salad is such a good classic right? It includes so many of my favourite ingredients but, let’s be honest, it’s severely lacking in carbs.

That’s where this Greek orzo salad comes in. Pasta is the number one food in my life so it’s only a matter of time until I add it to every other meal I enjoy.

Overhead shot of Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing on a white wooden background

Only one more week at work before I go on holiday with my family! Which means baby cuddles and time to work and sleeping and eating and hanging out with my favourite people. I am very excited.

It also happens to be one week until I turn 27 😱 When I turned 26 I had a bit of a moment of ‘how the hell did I get to 26, I still feel like I just graduated?!’. I am really hoping that doesn’t happen again this year. Although 27 is officially late twenties which is fully terrifying.

Ingredients for Greek orzo salad in a glass bowl on a white wooden background

Anyway, I’m going to try and keep it together this year. I’ll be celebrating with a lunch with my whole family and a few gin and tonics and I have my fingers firmly crossed for a sunny day. I feel very lucky that I have a summer birthday.

Especially because summer food is my favourite. Summer food like this Greek orzo salad.

Ingredients you need to make this Greek orzo salad with lemon dressing:

  • Orzo
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Black Olives
  • Feta
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for this Greek orzo salad…

Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing in a glass bowl on a white wooden background

Greek salad is such a good summer dish, right? It’s fresh and has so many ingredients which taste especially good when they’re in season in the summer.

I invested in the very best tomatoes I could get for this recipe because cheap tomatoes are one of those things that just aren’t worth eating.

It’s unbelievably easy to put this salad together and once I’d made it the first time Will and I both decided that this was going to be the salad we’d be making for barbecues and picnics all summer long.

Overhead shot of Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing with lemon and mint on a white wooden background

A lot of the ingredients in this salad are some of my favourites so I love it for a summer dinner. Cucumber, tomato, feta and olives are all things I have on hand most of the time because they work in so many different recipes or just as snacks on their own.

I sometimes find feta a little overly salty on its own but it works so well in a Greek salad because of the cucumber and tomato to balance it out.

Small bowl of Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing on a white wooden background

Another thing I love about this Greek orzo salad is that everything is chopped up into perfectly bite sized pieces so I can just scoop it all up with a spoon and shovel it into my mouth.

Which is how we all want to be eating salads right?

Close up of ingredients for Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing

HOW TO MAKE GREEK ORZO SALAD WITH LEMON DRESSING:

  • Cook the orzo according to packet instructions then drain and place in a large bowl
  • While the orzo is cooking chop all of your salad ingredients into bite sized pieces and add them to the bowl with the cooked orzo
  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over your salad ingredients. Toss together and serve.

Pouring lemon dressing over Greek orzo salad on a white wooden background

Close up of Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing

If you want more summery salads like this then don’t miss all my other salad recipes! Oh and if you’re looking for an amazingly refreshing drink to enjoy this summer then give this iced matcha latte a go.

Keep scrolling to get the recipe…

WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS ONCE YOU’VE MADE THIS GREEK ORZO SALAD WITH LEMON DRESSING?

If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

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Use up any leftover tomatoes in this amazing summery salad.

Smoky Aubergine Salad with Red Pepper on a patterned plate on a white wooden background

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Sprinkle any leftover feta over this bad boy, you won’t regret it!

This chorizo shakshuka is full of smoky flavour from the chorizo and smoked paprika. Serve with crusty bread for those runny yolks and a dollop of yoghurt.

Overhead shot of Greek Orzo Salad with Herby Dressing on a white wooden background
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Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing

Throw together this simple Greek orzo salad for a quick summer dinner. With all the ingredients of a classic Greek salad but tossed with orzo pasta and herby dressing this is my favourite thing to serve as a side at a summer party.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Keyword healthy, summer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 626 kcal
Author Amy

Ingredients

  • 250 g Orzo
  • 200 g Tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 Cucumber chopped
  • 150 g Black Olives halved
  • 200 g Feta cubed
  • Bunch Parsley chopped
  • Bunch Mint chopped

For the Lemon Dressing

  • 6 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the orzo according to packet instructions. Chop all your ingredients and add to a large bowl along with the orzo once it's cooked.

  2. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over the orzo and vegetables and toss everything gently. Serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 626 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 58%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 1149mg 48%
Potassium 392mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 27.4%
Calcium 29.6%
Iron 10.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Natalie
    03/06/2018 at 9:23 AM

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

    • Reply
      Amy
      04/06/2018 at 9:24 PM

      Thank you Natalie!

  • Reply
    Claudia
    03/06/2018 at 9:42 AM

    I am not sure what I love more that salad or this dressing that would go on everything I eat! Wow this all sounds wondering! looks so delicious for a hot summer day!

    • Reply
      Amy
      04/06/2018 at 9:24 PM

      Thanks Claudia 🙂

  • Reply
    camila
    03/06/2018 at 12:17 PM

    What a delicious salad! Love everything about it. Id probably sub the black olives for some kalamata but I am def pinning this for later!! The dressing sounds amazing!

    • Reply
      Amy
      04/06/2018 at 9:24 PM

      Mmm that sounds good, thanks Camila 🙂

  • Reply
    Danielle
    03/06/2018 at 2:13 PM

    Just wait until you get into your late 30’s….now THAT’s scary! You definitely will wonder where all time went. This is a perfect salad for summer, love all the flavors!

    • Reply
      Amy
      04/06/2018 at 9:23 PM

      Haha, I know I shouldn’t complain! Thanks Danielle!

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