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Close up of Orzo Pasta Salad with orzo, corn, peppers, and more in blue serving bowl.

Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe

Orzo Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette is a refreshingly light summer pasta salad with feta and summer vegetables like corn, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Course Salad, Side Dishes
Cuisine American, Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword Greek Orzo Pasta Salad, Lemon Vinaigrette, Orzo, Orzo Pasta Salad, Orzo Salad, Summer Orzo Pasta Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 259kcal


Orzo Pasta Salad

  • 16 ounces Orzo pasta
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes cut in half lengthwise
  • 1-1/2 cups small diced English cucumber
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh corn cut off the cob
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

Lemon Vinaigrette


  • Cook the orzo per the directions on the back of the box. Drain the water and run cold water over it until it’s no longer hot. Let it drain completely while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  • Place the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper in the bottom of a large bowl. Whisk until combined.
  • Add the drained orzo, tomatoes, cucumber, corn, feta, onion, and parsley to the bowl. Toss until combined in the dressing. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.



  • This is an extremely light and refreshing salad. The lemon vinaigrette is the perfect accompaniment to all the ingredients in the salad.
  • It takes about 1 large ear of corn or two small ears. The corn adds a wonderful crunch and sweetness to the salad. However, you can char it on the grill first to add a smokey element to the salad that would also be delicious.
  • If you are not planning on serving this right away, I suggest doubling the dressing recipe. The Orzo really soaks up the dressing if it sits for hours or overnight. You can also double the dressing, then save half on the side to serve with the salad for those that like more.
  • If you don’t like feta cheese, parmesan, goat cheese, gorgonzola, would work as well. If you like a lighter flavored cheese, Monterey Jack or Gouda would work well too cut into chunks.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 446IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg