Greek Orzo Salad

You can never have too many good pasta salad recipes and this one is goooood.  Quick and easy to make, packed full of wholesome ingredients, and bursting with flavor, this Greek Orzo Salad recipe is sure to become a favorite!

For more delicious pasta salad recipes be sure to try my Broccoli Pasta Salad, Macaroni SaladPepperoni Pizza SaladSpinach and Artichoke Pasta and Curried Couscous Salad!

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I love all the colors that are showcased in this Greek Orzo Salad.  Colors of red, green, black, white and purple.  Coupled with the lovely contrast and crunchy, chewy, and juicy, and infused with Greek flavors and a refreshing vinaigrette, it’s a favorite in our home!

Greek Orzo Salad Recipe

If you haven’t had orzo before, it’s time to try it.  Orzo is the Italian word for barley and is called such because it’s pasta that’s shaped like a large grain kernel.  It’s very versatile and is commonly used in soups, pilafs, casseroles and, like in this recipe, salads.  It’s a fun pasta to work with and you can find it in virtually every grocery store.  Look towards the top shelf, it usually comes in boxes.

orzo in a bowl

You prepare it like any other pasta:  Boil it for 8-10 minutes in salted water until al dente.  We’re also going to add a little olive oil to the water while it’s cooking to make extra sure the orzo is nice and slick and doesn’t stick together later on.   Then drain and rinse for the salad.  Let it cool completely.

cooked orzo in a saucepan

Place the cooled orzo in a large mixing bowl along with the veggies, sliced olives, and feta cheese.  Gently stir to combine.

Greek Orzo Salad recipe

Add all the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a bowl and whisk until emulsified.  Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and gently stir to combine.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

preparing vinaigrette

Enjoy!

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet August 25, 2014

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