Zippity Dooo Daaaa Orzo Salad!

"This is a fabulous salad that is SURE to please all of your guests. It is easy to increase or decrease the size of the recipe to suit your needs. Dont use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for this salad. Use an olive oil suitable for salads. I really hope you enjoy my creation!!!"
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Ready In:
2hrs 50mins




  • First cook your orzo pasta per package directions, cooking until al dente, and drain.
  • In a medium sized, nonreactive bowl, gradually beat together the lime zest, lemon juice, salad quality olive oil, basil, garlic, and mustard until an emulsion forms.
  • Then season the oil mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix your pasta, feta cheese, peppers, tomatoes, capers, kalmata olives, and chopped red onion together in a bowl.
  • Pour the vinaigrette over the pasta mixture and mix to combine.
  • Add oregano and green onions, toss, and then add extra salt and pepper to your tastes.
  • Chill salad for 1-2 hours for best results.
  • You can make this in the morning and even serve it in the evening, but dont save it for too long (you wont have leftovers I promise LOL).

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  1. joanna_giselle
    This was a lovely salad and a change from the usual macaroni salad. I did use the olive oil and regretted it as it left a kind of aftertaste and the salad would have been much nicer with a light vegetable oil. I also scaled back the dressing ingredients by about a third and found it was just right. Finally I used dried basil and oregano but in much smaller quantities and omitted the red onion entirely. It was better the next day and I would recommend making it the night before a party.
  2. Bratgirl8
    Delicious and simple! I brought this to a potluck BBQ and everyone loved it! I made it close to the recipe, cutting the salt in half, (but did add salt to the boiling orzo for flavor), went scant on the oil reducing it by a tablespoon or so, and used only 6 oz. of feta. I also threw in some yellow pepper for even more color. Allow plenty of time for chopping. I used heirloom tomatoes, next time I'll use halved cherry tomatoes. Really, really tasty! I'm actually writing this one on a paper recipe card, yep, THAT good!
  3. Chef SuzyQ
    Our family loved this tasty, healthy salad. My only tip would be to watch the added salt. By the time you get the feta, capers, and olives, in the salad, you really don't want to oversalt this dish. Even better the 2nd day.
  4. Amy in Washington
    This was really good! While the pasta was boiling, I made the dressing. When it was done, I poured the pasta right in so that it could absorb all the flavors and I could adjust the seasonings if necessary. While that was chilling, I prepared the veg so they were ready to be added when the orzo was cold. Very nice, light side dish.
  5. CIndytc
    Very good salad, I used lemon zest instead of lime and left out olives. It was a wonderful light salad.


  1. Im cookin
    I used goat cheese instead of feta, since I didn't have any feta around. It made for a creamy base. The mustard and capers make a tangy dish. My mom LOVED it
  2. CIndytc
    Very good salad, I used lemon zest instead of lime and left out olives. It was a wonderful light salad.
  3. Astramom
    This was great! Easy to make and very tastey. I didn't know what lime zest was, so I used 1/4 cup of lime juice instead of lemon juice, and I squeezed in 1 fresh lime. Great for large group parties.
  4. mtnmel
    WOW! Incredible salad! I made this last week, and I agree with other posters, the flavor improves over time. I used only 1/4c. of olive oil and omitted the capers. Instead of Dijon mustard I used a Jalapeo mustard and pressed the garlic. This is such a versatile salad with many combos for many different tastes. Thank you so much for posting. I'll be making this again....and again.
  5. Nimz_
    I thought this was a pretty good recipe. The presentation was fantastic with all the different colors. A little heavy on the Feta for our taste. I didn't alter the recipe except to use a yellow pepper instead of the orange, but I don't think it made any alteration in the original. I didn't have an orange one. Creative.


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