Our Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad combines an array of vegetable colors and flavors with pasta and a lemony vinaigrette. This orzo pasta recipe with roasted vegetables and feta cheese makes the perfect side dish on your dinner menu.
Orzo Pasta Recipe
Adding another side dish to your menu rotation is always welcome in my house. And when the side dish has vegetables and pasta together in one bowl then I’m a happy girl!
A rainbow of vegetables and flavors and creamy Feta cheese combine with this delicate pasta. Roasting the vegetables adds layers of flavor to this dish. Add in the tangy-ness of a homemade lemony vinaigrette and you’ve got yourself a new family favorite.
This recipe is so versatile you can serve it warm, at room temperature or chilled.
Make this tasty orzo pasta recipe right before serving or make it a day ahead.
And you can serve it with your meal as a side dish and double or even triple* the recipe and serve a crowd!
The first time I created this recipe was for my daughter-in-law’s “Sprinkle”. Apparently when you are expecting your second baby, and it’s the opposite sex of your first baby, you now have a “Sprinkle” instead of a “Shower”. Who knew? Well, now I know!
this orzo pasta salad was a big hit on the buffet table at the “Sprinkle”! I’m sure it will be a big hit on your table too!
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
- Top with cooked chicken, beef or shrimp for a meal in a bowl
- This recipe can be doubled or tripled
- When doubling or tripling this recipe be sure to roast vegetables in batches in even layers. Piling vegetables all together on one baking sheet will cause them to steam and not roast and caramelize!
- Substitute your favorite vegetables
- Replace feta cheese with crumbled goat cheese
- Make our recipe with couscous or a small pasta shape
- Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled
- Recipe can be made one day ahead; just stir before serving
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- yellow squash
- red onion
- red bell pepper
- olive oil
- dried oregano
- garlic powder
- red wine vinegar
- kosher salt
- orzo pasta
- grape tomatoes
- crumbled Feta
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Our Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad combines an array of vegetable colors and flavors with pasta and alemony vinaigrette. This orzo pasta recipe with roasted vegetables and creamy feta cheese makes the perfect side dish on your dinner menu.
- 1 (8 oz.) zucchini , chopped, 2 cups
- 1 (6 oz.) yellow squash , chopped, 1 1/2 cups
- 1 (4 oz.) red onion , chopped, 1 3/4 cups
- 1 medium red bell pepper , chopped. 1 cup
- 1/3 cup + 1 Tbs. olive oil , divided
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 3 Tbs. red wine vinegar
- 1 Tbs. lemon juice
- 1 Tbs. lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 8 oz. orzo pasta , cooked, drained and cooled down with cold water
- 1 cup grape tomatoes , halved lengthwise
- 4 oz. crumbled Feta
- 2 Tbs. chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 425F. Line large shallow baking sheet with edges with foil.
In large bowl toss zucchini, squash, onion, red pepper, 1 Tbs. olive oil, oregano and garlic powder. Arrange in even layer on prepared baking sheet.
Roast 25 minutes or until lightly browned and roasted.
In serving bowl whisk remaining 1/3 cup olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper until blended.
Add roasted vegetables, orzo, tomatoes, Feta and parsley; toss until evenly coated.
Yield: 7 cups
* When doubling or tripling this recipe be sure to roast vegetables in batches in even layers. Piling vegetables all together on one baking sheet will cause them to steam and not roast and caramelize!