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Orzo Vegetable Salad

Heading to a potluck and need something to share? Tangy lemon dressing over cool orzo and vegetables is everything you want in a light side dish. —Terri Crandall, Gardnerville, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup marinated quartered artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook orzo according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, artichokes, spinach, onions, cheese and capers. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients.
  • Drain orzo and rinse in cold water. Add to vegetable mixture.
  • Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Chill until serving.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 259 calories, 19g fat (4g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 460mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Mike
    Aug 26, 2020

    I thought this was awesome. The orzo is the star. I added small amounts of red onion, red bell pepper and celery. If everything is fresh it is outstanding. Hope it is as good tomorrow!

  • LBurkey
    Aug 17, 2020

    While this is a pretty salad and very fresh, it was not one of my family's favorites. Will continue to make it on occasion, but not as a family favorite. Would leave the feta cheese out next time.

  • wendy
    Dec 1, 2019

    Interesting Salad. Brought it to a potluck. I loved it. You need to use tomatoes without a lot of seeds or it looks messy. Cut the dressing down, and used different spices also.

  • Sue
    Apr 14, 2018

    No comment left

  • krisjeffery1
    Apr 10, 2014

    Such a beautiful looking and amazing salad with fantastic flavor. I use 3/4 - 1 C of orzo, about 8 C spinach and halved grape tomatoes. I haven't needed to make extra dressing because of the ingredient increase, but could easily do so. The dressing is soooo good!

  • TexasR
    Jan 5, 2014

    Love this! Anytime I can use tarragon I am happy. And when it's a hot summer day, salads like this are a tasty treat!

  • lisaM.
    Jul 10, 2012

    I've made this recipe a couple of times since discovering it. It is very flavorful and light and goes well with meat or seafood.

  • ddmouse2
    May 15, 2011

    This was an excellent and light salad. Very flavorful!