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Cold Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe With Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

Updated on September 02, 2015
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5 stars from 3 ratings of Cold Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe with Tomatoes and Feta

Cold pasta salad is a classic, easy, healthy summer dish. This recipe is designed to be a side dish, but with the addition of another ingredient or two, it can easily become a main dish. The vinaigrette, lemon juice, and feta cheese give it lots of flavor, and the tomato and pepper give it added color and nutrition. Once you've tried your hand at a few pasta salad recipes, you'll be able to customize them to fit your tastes and preferences however you like.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 4 servings

Are you serving a larger group of people?

Simply double or even triple this recipe.

You can substitute any of the following for the orzo.

 
Alternatives to Orzo
Another egg or whole wheat pasta
White or brown rice
Quinoa
Cous Cous
Tofu
Spaghetti squash

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. (half a box) orzo pasta, uncooked
  • 1/2 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 of one red, orange, or yellow pepper
  • generous sprinkling of feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed or bottled
  • 1 avocado, sliced

You can easily add meat to this dish!

 
Just a Few Options
Grilled chicken
Cooked shrimp
Thinly sliced, grilled pork
Any type of cooked sausage, sliced
Canned or fresh, seared tuna
Baked or fried tilapia
  1. Cook the orzo according to the directions on the box. After you've cooked and drained it, rinse it with cold water.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, chop the tomatoes and pepper.
  3. Combine the orzo and vegetables in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice, feta cheese, and vinaigrette dressing. Mix well.
  4. Ideally refrigerate for at least a couple hours or overnight before serving. You can serve it right away, but refrigerating it for a few hours will give the flavors a chance to combine more.
  5. When you're ready to eat the pasta salad, slice the avocado and serve it along side the salad. Alternatively, you can chop it and mix it right in the salad.

A side of sauteed vegetables will complete this summer meal.

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Tip: Look for seasonal vegetables. You can customize this dish to fit the current time of year.

Alternative: I sauteed my vegetables in a pan on the stove, but you can easily grill them in a foil packet or bake them in the oven.

Grilling Vegetables with Herbs

Sauteed vegetables are a perfect compliment for this summer meal. I sauteed the following vegetables as pictured above:

2 large portobella mushrooms
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash

Wash and chop all of your vegetables. Coat a large frying pan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Add your vegetables and a few dashes of salt and pepper to the pan. Cook the vegetables, stirring regularly, for 7-8 minutes or until they are cooked through.

As this comes together fairly quickly, you can start preparing it 10-15 minutes before you're ready to serve the orzo salad.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      This looks so good!!!! I am going to make this. Tomato's and feta are my two favorite foods, add orzo's and it would be a fun party in my mouth. Love it. Wish hubs had a 'yummy' word to pick. Voted Up

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, I love all the ingredients in this recipe and for some reason never thought to put them together to make a dish. I have pinned to try this one, as well as voted and shared too.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Carly! Let me know what you think of it. Tomatoes and feta are a perfect pairing with orzo. HubPages really needs a yummy button!

      Janine, you'll have to give it a try! If you like all of the ingredients, this should be a win. Thanks for the votes and shares!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      That dish of food looks wonderfully delicious. I have never used orzo pasta but will give it a try. I also use the sauteed vegetable combination exactly as you do and we love it. Thanks for the recipe.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Randomcreative, I have a recipe similar to this one, the added ingredient is a fresh bag of baby spinach and read onion. It is so easy to make and looks and tastes amazing.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Pamela! You definitely have to give orzo a try sometime. It is one of my favorite pastas. That's awesome about the sauteed vegetables.

      Carly, nice! I'm sure that this would be delicious with baby spinach and red onion.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Wow, a very easy and quick recipe. Nicely done and will be experimenting with this one. Thank you!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Terrye! Enjoy. :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Love all the ingredients so I know this is going to be delish. Thanks for sharing this delightful recipe.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Carol, thanks! Having a great list of ingredients that you love is a good sign for a successful recipe.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Wow this looks fantastic. Got to try it soon. 5 stars and pinned Kelley

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Yes, this does look fantastic, right through to the sauteed veggies. Thanks for this easy meal idea for a busy week!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I like orzo, but I can never seem to think of anything to do with it. Luckily, summer is kind of an eternal season for me, so I'm sure I won't have trouble finding the necessary vegetables!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      MMM, orzo. MMM, summer salad. I love the taste of summer, even if it is the beginning of fall. :) Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe!

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      This look s really tasty! Thank you for sharing!

      Sunnie

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Kelley and RTalloni, thanks! You're right that this is a perfect option during a busy week.

      Natasha, there are so many possibilities for both hot and cold orzo dishes including sides and entrees. You shouldn't have any trouble finding ideas.

      Cyndi, I agree. :)

      Thanks, Sunnie!

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      TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

      Recipe looks delicious! Cold pasta dishes are my favorite summer meals.

      Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Sam!

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      twoseven 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Orzo salad is my go to side dish to bring to any potluck or dinner, but I had never thought of doing it with avocado! This sounds great. We usually use sundried tomatoes and marinated artichoke hearts, which I think I'll keep doing through the winter. But next summer I am definitely going to try this recipe with nice ripe avocados and tomatoes from our garden! Thanks for the great hub - beautiful pictures too!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Nice, twoseven! Avocado is a great pairing for it. Sundried tomatoes and marinated artichoke hearts also sounds delicious.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Yummy..and yet nutritious. Will give this a try, Randomcreative :)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Ruchira! That's great.

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      StricktlyDating 3 years ago from Australia

      Lovely! I am definitely going to make this!

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      LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Great recipe! I love feta, and this looks delicious..... Will give it a try. Thanks for sharing......

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, stricklydating and LaThing! That's great.

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This looks awesome. Can't wait to try it! Pinning!

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      KerryAnita 3 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

      mmmm, this looks so delish! Especially with the avocado on the side!

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 3 years ago from Georgia

      looks good!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Vicki, Kerry, and Victoria! I hope that you get a chance to try it.

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      Subhas 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice tempting recipe.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, I'm glad!

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      Missy Mac 3 years ago from Illinois

      Orzo seems like a good pasta to work with and make salads. I will definitely add it on my grocery list and try it. Great Hub!!!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Definitely, Missy Mac! That's great. Enjoy. :)

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