Posted by: Catherine | May 8, 2009

Greek Orzo Salad (RR*, The Second Unconfidential Cooks’ Dinner)




(*Reader Recipe)

I know Mimi, who brought this delicious orzo salad, from Emma’s school (her daughter is a year ahead of Emma), and she is a good friend of Kim’s—so she came to The Second Confidential Cooks’ Dinner as a double friend. I have to say, I just love orzo—check out Orzo with Pine Nuts and Basil—and the meanie in me loves when people ask if it’s rice (I’m always nice/innocent when I say it’s pasta…and guests then feel like they’ve just gotten a gift!). This dish reminds me a lot of the Cold Tuna-Pasta Salad that is one of our all-time favorites.  

serves 8

2 cups orzo

2 cups arugula

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on size

6 T chopped red onion

6 T chopped pitted kalamata olives

1 t. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 t. salt

2 6-oz. jars marinated artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped

6 oz. (or more)  feta, crumbled

Cook the orzo according to package instruction. Drain and rinse with cold water. Combine orzo, arugula and next five ingredients in a large bowl.

Drain artichokes, reserving marinade. Coarsely chop artichokes, and add artichokes, reserved marinade and  most of the feta to orzo mixture, tossing gently to coat. Sprinkle each serving with remaining feta.



  1. This looks absolutely delicious. I am adding this to my list of dishes for the summer. I love everything in it.. and it is so pretty.

  2. I love those dish to take on a picnic or camping. Thanks.

  3. What a colorful and really delicious salad!! Love everything about it!

  4. An orzo dish like that is sure to please, and it has all my favorites in it.

  5. Oh how beautiful. I have some orzo to use up before I move and this looks like a great idea.

  6. looks delicious! i’m bookmarking this.

  7. wow! this looks freaking amazing! I esp love the artichokes in it!

  8. I love this kind of salad. I made something similar recently with barley, but I’ll have to remember the artichoke hearts next time. Thanks!

  9. MMMMMM….love it! easy yet so colourful & delcious!!
    I would like to serve this along side some good grilled fish!!

  10. Delish! I’m going to make this for a picnic or barbecue first chance I get.

  11. Now I have another recipe for orzo!

    I love the combination that is in that dish!

  12. This looks really yummy! I love orzo salad!!!!

  13. That looks delicious! Yum!

  14. Quite rare to find Orzo recipes 🙂

  15. Yummy Greek orzo salad! i make a Greek pasta that’s a little similar, with dill.

  16. I love the presentation and colors in your photographs…plus this looks so easy to make! I have never tried Orzo, but this recipe is tempting enough for me to try it!

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