Mediterranean Orzo Salad

This week I’m trying to make a conscious effort to eat less bread and to not stick to my usual quick go to foods for lunch i.e. sandwiches, packet soup, bagels etc. After cooking a recipe for Mediterranean pork and orzo for dinner recently, I decided to adapt it to a lunch version that I could make in a batch and take portions to work with me. The recipe is healthy, vegetarian and tastes great. This would also be ideal served as a side dish at a bbq or as part of a buffet. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

The recipe Serves 5


300g orzo pasta

100g feta cheese, crumbled

4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (use the best quality that you can afford, it does make a difference)

150g chopped yellow, red or orange peppers (I used mixed)

100g pitted green olives

2 tbsp. capers in brine or water, drained

3 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. crushed garlic or garlic paste

1 1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1tsp ground cumin

150g plum tomatoes, sliced in half

1 tbsp. white wine vinegar


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the orzo uncovered for 8-9 minutes. Once cooked, drained and rinse with cold water. Transfer into a large bowl and mix in 2 tbsp. of the olive oil.
  2. To make the dressing whisk the white wine vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, oregano and cumin into a separate small bowl. Add and whisk the remaining 2 tbsp. olive oil and season to taste.
  3. Add the cheese, capers, olives, tomatoes and peppers to the orzo and mix well. Finish by tossing in the dressing and serve.

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8 thoughts on “Mediterranean Orzo Salad

  1. Mandy Mazliah

    This sounds delicious! I haven’t bought orzo for absolutely ages but I am adding it to next week’s shopping list and will make this for lunch one day.

  2. hijackedbytwins

    Ooooh yum! We love dishes like this for lunch. The hubby takes meals like this to work, I’ll have to try it out x #CookBlogShare

  3. joskitchenlarder

    Lovely salad and my kind of dressing too! I love orzo! It works so well with all kinds of Summery salads and yours is a perfect example. Funny enough I got a packet of orzo that needs using up in the cupboard and BBQ coming up. This would make a perfect side!:)

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