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Mediterranean Risoni Salad in a wooden bowl.

Mediterranean Risoni Salad (Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad)

Light and fresh, this Mediterranean Risoni Salad (Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad) is loaded with flavor and healthy veggies. Great as a side dish for potlucks or family dinners. Add your favorite protein for a complete meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword Lemon Orzo Salad, Orzo salad, Risoni Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 226kcal
Author Heather



  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice *about 2 juicy lemons
  • 5-6 cloves garlic *crushed
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper


  • 16 oz orzo pasta
  • 1/2 med red onion *diced, about 3/4 cup
  • 2 small English cucumbers *diced, (or 6 small Persian cucumbers diced)
  • 16 oz tear drop tomatoes *cut in half, (or cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 lg yellow or orange bell pepper *diced
  • 1 16 oz can green olives *cut in halves, see Best Tips for Making Risoni Salad section above
  • 10 oz feta *crumbled or cubed


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling season heavily with salt and cook risoni (orzo) following instructions on the package.
  • Meanwhile whisk together ingredients for vinaigrette in a large mizing bowl.
  • Drain risoni and toss with vinaigrette. Place in refrigerate to cool while preparing veggies, making sure to stir risoni occasionally.
  • Prepare veggies. Once risoni has cooled to room temperature, toss in veggies and let chill in refrigerator before serving (about 1 hour).


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 
Recipe Notes
The lemon juice in this recipe creates a very zippy and bright tasting pasta salad. For a little less tang, lower the lemon juice to 1/3 cup and exchange feta cheese for a more mild cheese such as mozzarella. 


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1mg