Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad

May 18, 2023

This Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad is colorful and full of herby, briny flavors with an orzo pasta base. It’s easy to make and delicious as a side dish or simple lunch.

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Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad in a white serving bowl. Small bowls of olives and sundried tomatoes in the background and a wooden spoon in the front.

When I bought a box of orzo to use in a recipe for dinner one night, I didn’t realize how far that box would go – and it goes far!  Usually, orzo isn’t my first pasta choice.  Of all the pasta shapes, it’s probably one that we eat the least.  It’s not that I have anything against this little, rice shaped pasta.  It’s just that I run short on different ways to prepare it.

One night, when I was stuck on what to make as a side dish with dinner, I turned to the box of orzo sitting in our cabinet.  I happened to have a bunch of Mediterranean inspired ingredients on hand – leftovers from another recipe I made.  So I threw everything together and ended up making an orzo pasta salad that’s become a go-to side dish.

Close up of Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad in a white serving bowl.

This orzo pasta salad is super flavorful thanks to roasted red peppers, capers, sundried tomatoes, red onion, Castelvetrano olives, feta cheese, and Greek vinaigrette.  And to give the salad a protein boost, I also added a can of chickpeas.

The Castelvetrano olives are one of my favorite ingredients in this pasta salad.  I’ve become a big fan of this olive variety.  They’re meaty with just the right amount of saltiness.  However, a jar can be a bit pricy compared to other olive varieties.  If desired, substitute them with another olive like Kalamata or Manzilla olives.

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad

Next time you have a box of orzo sitting in your kitchen cabinet, whip up this Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad!  It’s easy to make and there’s a ton of flavor in every bite!

Cooked orzo pasta in a metal mixing bowl.

First, we’re going to cook the orzo according to the package.  Once it’s cooked, drain the pot and rinse the orzo with cold water.  Then, place it in a large mixing bowl.

Chickpeas, Castelvetrano olives, sundried tomatoes, feta cheese, capers, roasted red peppers, and red onion in a metal mixing bowl.

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad mixed with a wooden spoon in a metal mixing bowl.

Stir in the roasted red peppers, capers, sundried tomatoes, red onion, Castelvetrano olives, chickpeas, feta cheese, Greek vinaigrette (save some of the bottle for later), and season with salt and pepper.

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad in a white serving bowl. Small bowl of sundried tomatoes in the background and a wooden spoon in the foreground.

Just before serving, add another sprinkle of feta cheese and some fresh oregano on top, if desired.

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1/3 cup roasted red peppers
  • 2 tbsp. capers
  • 1/2 sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pitted Castelvetrano olives, chopped
  • 1 - 15 oz. chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 - 16 fl. oz. bottle Greek vinaigrette
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: extra feta cheese, fresh oregano

Instructions

  1. Cook orzo according to package. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside to cool completely.
  2. Once cool, add orzo to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the roasted red peppers, capers, sundried tomatoes, red onion, olives, chickpeas, feta cheese, and salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the Greek vinaigrette on top, saving some of the bottle to refresh the pasta salad later. Then, stir to combine.
  5. Add extra crumbled feta cheese and fresh oregano on top before serving, if desired.
  6. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
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Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad in a white serving bowl with a wooden spoon. Small bowl of sundried tomatoes in the background.

This orzo pasta salad is a perfect summer side dish, but it also makes a great lunch.  Bulk it up with some grilled chicken and you have a satisfying meal!

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