I’m moving next week and I don’t have any cardboard boxes.

Greek Orzo Salad

So I guess it’s a good thing that we’re moving 5 doors down…because soooo much shuttling back and forth is about to happen.

Greek Orzo Salad

The good thing about moving is that it allows me to go through my stuff and check what we need versus what we just have laying around. The bad thing is the rest of it.

Packing sucks. Plain and simple.

Greek Orzo Salad

But using up and eating random stuff from my cupboards is fun! Like orzo…something I have had sitting in my pantry for months and has recently become my new obsession. I love the texture of this stuff.

Greek Orzo Salad

Greek Orzo Salad

This salad is one I’ve been making all week. It’s made with orzo pasta, Kalamata olives, chives, chickpeas, tomatoes, feta and a fresh lemon dressing. I love it because it is packed with protein, is colourful, and can be made in large batches.

Greek Orzo Salad


Greek Orzo Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 28 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups dry orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped


  1. in large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook orzo until tender but firm, about 8 minutes. Drain well, rinse in cold water and drain again; place in large bowl.
  2. In a small mason jar or bowl, mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper until completely combined. Set aside.
  3. Place the tomatoes, olives, feta, chickpeas and chives in the bowl with the orzo stir to combine. Pour the dressing the dressing over top of the salad, taste and adjust seasonings.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.


Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman


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11 Responses to Greek Orzo Salad

  1. We are moving just down the road from where we currently live next month and I am also loving throwing loads of things away that I’ve held onto for too long and don’t actually need! It’s such a cleansing feeling! Oh and this orzo salad looks divine!

  2. Leslie says:

    I am making this for sure! Looks yummy. Bookmarking it now.

  3. Yum is right! Love orzo and all the greek flavours 🙂

  4. I’ve never had orzo, but after seeing this I might just try it! Also, I love all the components to make this dish, it looks so flavorful.

  5. Moving sucks big time. It’s the first time in 4 years that we renewed our lease and didn’t move again… I was so happy! The only good thing a out it is it makes you go through all your kitchen cupboards.

    This salad looks pretty damn delicious compare to what I was cooking when I was using up odd bits from the cupboard a week before moving 🙂

    Good luck with the move!

  6. This looks so light and refreshing and a perfect summer dish! Good luck with the move!

  7. Ughhhh I despise moving! Thank goodness you don’t have to go far… I’ve recently got my husband to love orzo for, for some odd reason he was convinced he hated it. This guy is so perfect for this crazy hot days we’ve been having, so refreshing!

  8. I have never actually tried orzo… can you believe it_ This looks amazing though, and I am loving the Greek flavours through it 😀
    Ahh moving and having no boxes and how we all panic a little the moment we realise it 😛 Ach, you’ll be absolutely fine 🙂 Wishing you all the best 🙂 x

  9. Joanne says:

    GIRL! GO GET SOME BOXES!!! I’ve done moves both with and without…and I promise you that on trip 645 between apartments you will be wishing you had just gotten the boxes. This salad looks like the perfect moving fuel, though. Carb loading at its best!

  10. Ruth Meaney says:

    I also have a random box of orzo in the cupboard…….. this may be the way to use it up!

  11. Karina says:

    This looks like a delicious summer salad. I love how the bright tomatoes make it look so pretty and summery! Thanks for the recipe!

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