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Rainbow Orzo Salad on a table with 3 small stacked plates and forks.

Rainbow Orzo Salad

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  • Author: Nicole | Fresh Apron
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American


Rainbow Orzo Salad is a bright and colorful salad that's perfect for warmer weather. It's crunchy, light and fresh. This easy pasta salad is the perfect side dish or light lunch.



For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the Salad

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion (optional)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Make the pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook orzo until al dente, according to package directions. 
  2. While the pasta is cooking, make the dressing by whisking all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl until combined (or shake together in a jar). Set aside.
  3. Drain and rinse the orzo with cold water, about 1 minute, or until cooled. Place in a large bowl.
  4. Add in the tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, red onion (optional), feta cheese, and basil. Toss to combine. Drizzle with the dressing and toss again to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Serve immediately or store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!


In place of the cherry tomatoes, you can use diced roma tomatoes.

To store, refrigerate in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

Orzo salad may dry out a little after refrigerating. Just drizzle a little bit of olive oil over it and toss to combine.

Nutritional values (per serving) are approximates only.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 205
  • Sugar: 3.7 g
  • Sodium: 160.3 mg
  • Fat: 11.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 4.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 5.6 mg