Lemony Olive Orzo

Sara's Tiny Kitchen
by Sara's Tiny Kitchen
15 min

Lemony Olive Orzo

This simple orzo pasta salad combines briny salty olives, tangy lemon, and smooth feta cheese for an irresistible side dish that instantly transports you to Italy.

There’s something about an orzo pasta salad that just does it for me. When you take that, and you give it a Mediterranean twist by adding salty Castelvetrano olives and briny feta cheese, and then squeeze lemon juice all over it – it’s just next level delicious.

Mediterranean recipes are pretty much a staple in my house, and any dish that showcases lemon is just fine by me.

This is a super simple salad to throw together on a weeknight that can be bulked up in various different ways.


Recipe details
  • 2  CUPS
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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Lemony Olive Orzo
  • 3/4 Cup Orzo
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of pitted olives, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
To Make Lemony Olive Orzo
Start by cooking your orzo according to package directions.
Cook the shallot in 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet for 5 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Add your olives to the skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until olives are heated through.
Add the cooked orzo to the olive mixture in the skillet and stir it all together. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest, salt and pepper to taste, and parsley to the dish and stir. Crumble feta on top.
Taste and adjust for seasoning.
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  • Zps9781763 Zps9781763 on Aug 30, 2021

    You show 5 minutes to prepare. How can you wash and chop the parsley, chop the olives, sauté, etc, etc in five minutes. You must work a lot faster than I.

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    • Jud48770339 Jud48770339 on Sep 03, 2021

      Preparation before cooking gets’ food done in less than one minute try it♥️🦋🥰

  • Jill Carpenter Jill Carpenter on Aug 30, 2021

    What type olives?