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Greek Orzo Salad

5 from 3 reviews

This 20 Minute Greek Orzo Salad is quick, easy, and absolutely bursting with Mediterranean-inspired flavors! Al dente orzo pasta, crispy cucumbers, tender artichoke hearts, hearty chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, and Kalamata olives are tossed in a homemade balsamic vinaigrette and topped with crumbled feta cheese.

Ingredients

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Salad

  • 16 oz. orzo pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 cup sliced mini cucumber
  • 1 cup julienne cut sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained
  • 4 oz. feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley + more for garnish

Dressing

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Toss with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pop pasta in the fridge to cool while you prep the remaining ingredients.
  2. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest and juice, oregano, garlic, Dijon, and a couple pinches of salt and pepper to a measuring cup and whisk until well combined.
  3. Add cooled pasta, cucumber, sun-dried tomato, olives, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, feta, red onion, and parsley to a large bowl. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat evenly. 
  4. Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!

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Notes

Pop the pasta in the fridge to cool. Cooling the pasta immediately prevents it from over-cooking. I prefer the fridge over the cold water method because it’s easier, and because it thoroughly chills the pasta until you’re ready for it. Rinsing the pasta also removes the starch which prevents the dressing from thoroughly coating every noodle!

Toss it in olive oil so it doesn't stick together. Starchy noodles will immediately start sticking together. Before you put the pasta in the fridge, be sure to toss it in some olive oil and season it with salt and pepper to keep the noodles free.

Add more balsamic if you like a tangy dressing. Once you mix up the dressing, taste it and tailor it to your liking. I like to add a little more balsamic for a more acidic dressing - this adds more depth and tang to the dish.

Keywords: Greek orzo pasta salad, Mediterranean pasta