Greek Orzo Salad

When I came up with the idea for Greek Turkey Meatballs¬†I was having a hard time thinking of a grain to pair with this. I then stumbled upon some different ideas and decided to make a Greek orzo type pasta salad, and I’m glad I did!

For starters, I have never made orzo before. The only time I have had it was once in college from a small grocery store’s salad bar. There was a lemon chickpea orzo salad with feta and it was AMAZING. After spending about 10 minutes trying to find orzo in the pasta and rice aisle of the grocery store, I had to break down and ask Google. I FINALLY found it mixed in with all of the dried boxed pasta. Here is a picture if you are even asking yourself “what the heck is orzo?!”

There was this 100% whole wheat variety along with the original 100% Semolina version.

I honestly did not even know how to cook this stuff at first! I started thinking I would cook it like rice but later learned this is cooked just like pasta. So I brought a pot of water to a boil and added the orzo to the water. I did turn the heat down to a simmer and let this cook for about 10 minutes and then drained off the water and allowed it to cool.

While the orzo is cooking, I would take that opportunity to chop up all of your veggies so you’re ready to go. I did allow the orzo to cool in a mixing bowl in the fridge for about 10 more minutes.

Once this is cooled, the rest is quick! Just add the veggies, spices, and feta and stir to combine. I plan on bringing this to a family BBQ this summer as a healthier pasta salad loaded with veggies!

And even though this is categorized as a side dish, doesn’t mean you couldn’t make this a main dish. Add some grilled chicken or shrimp! Or keep it vegetarian and add some chickpeas for your protein. The combinations are endless!


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Greek Orzo Salad
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cook orzo according to package instructions. Wash and chop all vegetables while orzo is cooking. Drain orzo and allow to cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix together until evenly distributed.
Recipe Notes

Lightly adapted from Midwest Living.

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