This colorful Greek-style orzo pasta salad is loaded with plenty of herbed sweet cherry tomatoes, lots of other garden goodness, and is tossed in a light balsamic vinaigrette for one stunning summer salad!
Salad daaaays! It’s going down, guys.
Did you know that August is like a super-short month as far as summer dining is concerned? Seriously! There’s still so much stuff that we all want to eat before summer says see-ya later suckers. And meanwhile the days blow by and no matter how much we stuff our faces with sweet corn and heirloom tomatoes, there’s STILL more!
That’s not just me by the way. Just admit it.
My point here being: we’ve still got LOTS of summer salad’n that needs to happen around here, folks.
Gentlemen and gentleladies, start your lettuce engines!
Or today….your pasta engines. Aw heck yaaa!
Have I ever mentioned my deep, unconditional, slightly-ridiculous love for all things Mediterranean/Greek style to you guys before?
Okaaaay, chances are that you figured that out yourself….
I’m definitely not one to make my obsessions unknown to the rest of the world.
My obsessions soon become YOUR obsessions. I like to think I’m such a trend-setter, cool kid.
Anyway. This salad, guys!! For serious Greek-food lovers ONLY.
That would be me. So uh, gimme the whole bowl please, guys.
Lunch hour, get ready: you have NO idea what is about to hit ‘ya.
Can we talk super-briefly about cherry tomatoes? They are literally EVERYWHERE. My life right now revolves around these sweet little balls of summer perfection.
Right up there with peaches, zucchini and just about every other summer delicacy. Aheem. A girl can have multiple summer obsessions right??
Today is all about the cherry tomatoes and the fact that I have about 10 million of them rolling all over my kitchen counter.
And the fact that I sautéed a ton of ’em in some herby-olive oil goodness. And tossed said perfection into my Greek orzo salad.
With just a touch of feta cheese.
Okay, more or less 5 overflowing truckloads.
And the stars aligned, the angels sang, and life was made complete.
This Greek heaven right here is just exactly what I want in my face every single day of the remaining summer.
It shall fill my plate as well as my every dream. ♥
Beyond August? I think I can do that too. 🙂
Greek Orzo Pasta Salad with Sauteed Herbed Cherry Tomatoes
This colorful Greek-style orzo pasta salad is loaded with plenty of herbed sweet cherry tomatoes and is tossed in a light balsamic vinaigrette for one stunning summer salad!
Servings 6 -8 servings
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 tablespoon each fresh oregano parsley, and basil. (minced)
- 1 16 oz box orzo pasta, cooked according to package instructions
- 1 large sweet pepper diced
- 1 can 15 oz black olives, drained and sliced
- 1 small cucumber thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmery. Add tomatoes, oregano, parsley, and basil to saucepan and stir occasionally until tomatoes are close to bursting, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, combine cooked orzo, pepper, olives, cucumber, sauteed cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese. Set aside for a moment while you prepare the dressing.
- Whisk all dressing ingredients until smooth, season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour dressing over salad and gently toss to coat. Season salad with additional salt and pepper to taste and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Store salad in refrigerator up to 3 days.
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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
This salad just screams summer, Sarah! I’m so sad that the summer meals are slowly winding down. Love that this dish captures all of those flavors. I love making salads with orzo, too. Pinned!
Thanks for the sweet words and for pinning, Gayle! xoxo
Love, love, love orzo!! I especially love it when it is mixed with so many goodies. This salad looks absolutely delicious!
Thanks Chelsea! This salad totally sounds up your alley!
Katalina @ Peas and Peonies says
I haven’t cooked orzo in such a long time, this is such a nice reminder that I have to make one, especially paired with tomatoes and feta salad, yummy!
You totally need to give this salad a try, Katalina! You will not regret it. 😉
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
This salad has everything I love about summer! I can’t get enough of cherry tomatoes and this is the perfect way to enjoy them. I need this gorgeous salad for lunch!
Totally all the best things about summer in one bowl, right?? 😉 Thanks Kelly. xoxo
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says
I haven’t have orzo in such a long time. <3 I really need to change that. 😀
You should get back into the orzo groove with this salad ‘fo sure, Erin! 😉
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
This salad has all my favorite things in it! Delicious- pinning 🙂
Thanks for pinning, Medha!!
I’m pretty much crying every day over how little time there is until summer is over. GIVE ME ALL THE TOMATOES! And SALADS! Especially if there is pasta involved. Loving this.
Right?? It’s totally depressing that the summer produce is slowly going away, but at the same time exciting that fall stuff is coming back into season, y’know??
Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Cooking & Creating says
Oh, how I love a summer salad! This looks so fabulous!
This salad totally screams SUMMER! 😉
Jen | Baked by an Introvert says
I have some orzo in the pantry that needs to get used. Thanks for the delicious idea!
I’d call this salad the perfect way to use it up! 😉 Thanks Jen.
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
Sarah, this salad is gorgeous!!! I love orzo!!!! People don’t cook with it enough!!! love this!
Thanks Alice! And right?? Orzo is totally underappreciated!
Dani @ Dani California Cooks says
What a gorgeous dish!! I’ve been looking around for gluten free orzo…I think I’ll have to purchase it on the internet.
I’ve never tried gluten-free orzo before—sounds like something I should look into for sure! 😉
Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says
This is one incredible salad Sarah! I love everything about it and it needs to be on my dinning room table this weekend for sure! Pinning! 😉
LMK if you give this salad a go, Cyndi! Thanks for the pin, girlie! xoxo
Manali @ CookWithManali says
that’s summer in a bowl, pass me the spoon please!! pinned!
Totally! 😀 Thanks for the pin, Manali!
Renee @ Two in the Kitchen says
This salad IS sensational!! I love the whole greek theme! This would be perfect for a picnic or a light lunch!!
Isn’t Greek food just the best?? Couldn’t live without it. 😉
Kelley @ Chef Savvy says
What a great looking salad Sarah!! Those herbed cherry tomatoes look fantastic!
Thank you Kelly! The cherry tomatoes just MAKE the salad!
Bella's Secret Kitchen says
I have only just recently discovered Orzo Pasta, and have to say that I don’t know how I lived without it!!!! Its a new family staple in our house, so I will definately be trying this one 🙂 x
Isn’t orzo pasta amazing? Totally my favorite kind! LMK if you give this salad a try, Bella!