Herbed Lemon Orzo Salad

6 Servings
25 min
Herbed Lemon Orzo Salad is super easy to make, fresh, and flavorful! It is perfect in the Spring and Summer. Just cook the orzo and toss with the remaining ingredients. Serve alongside roasted veggies, grilled chicken, or fish. Or have on its own!What is Orzo?Orzo is a short-cut pasta that is shaped like a large grain of rice. It typically cooks in boiling water for 7-10 minutes and is often used in soups.I can't find or don't have orzo, what can I use instead?You can substitute a different pasta shape! I’d recommend sticking to another short shape – elbows, penne, rotini, etc. Although Orzo is shaped like rice, I would not substitute rice in this recipe.You can find more easy recipes like this one on my website and follow along on instagram for behind the scenes!

Recipe details

  • 6  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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Orzo Pasta Salad

  • 1 lb orzo pasta
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Lemon Dressing

  • 2 large lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


Cook the Orzo Pasta. First, start the water boiling and cook the orzo according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Prep the Veggies and Herbs. While the orzo cooks, chop up the veggies and herbs. I like everything cut into small, uniform pieces.
Make the Lemon Dressing. Mix up the lemon dressing ingredients. You can whisk everything together in a bowl or shake it up in a mason jar.
Toss together the Salad. Toss the cooked orzo, veggies, herbs, and lemon dressing together. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Serve and Enjoy! The salad can be served at room temperature or straight from the fridge. If taking it from the fridge, I prefer to let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes first.


  • Orzo – If you can’t find orzo, you can substitute a different pasta shape. I recommend using another short shape like elbows, penne, rotini, etc.

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