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Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad

Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad

Looking for Orzo Pasta Recipes? Look no further than this Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad! Packed with plenty of bright greens, crumbled feta cheese, and orzo tossed in a lemony dressing, this pasta dish comes together in less than 30 minutes for a light and refreshing springtime side.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups dried orzo pasta
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 8 thin asparagus woody stem discarded and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 English cucumber diced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon zest and juice, 5 tablespoons olive oil, dijon mustard, salt and pepper, and sugar. Adjust the sugar and salt as needed.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook, stirring often, until al dente, just tender. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with the lemon dressing.
  • In a skillet, drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in the asparagus pieces and cook until bright green, another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and toss with the coated orzo.
  • Mix in the diced cucumber, green onion, feta, and thyme. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve chilled.