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Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, Dill, & Feta

Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, Dill, & Feta Recipe on A light, simple, and healthy salad!

I got back from hot and humid Austin, Texas on Sunday. I was hoping to come home to a cooler climate, but Utah is on fire this week. It is HOT! Summer is definitely here!

Hot weather and too much food in Austin means I am eating healthy this week. For lunch, I made one of our favorite salads, Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, Dill, and Feta. This salad is light, simple, and healthy…and perfect for a hot summer day!

Whole Wheat Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, Dill, & Feta Recipe on

I love using DeLallo’s Organic Whole Wheat Orzo to make this salad. It is hands down my favorite orzo. Look for it in the pasta aisle….and keep reading because we teamed up with our friends at DeLallo for a HUGE DeLallo giveaway. We love all of their products! The whole wheat orzo pasta has a slight nutty flavor, but it isn’t heavy. It is nice and light and so good in salads!

Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, Dill, and Feta on This salad is perfect for spring and summer!

Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, Dill, & Feta Recipe on

I love this salad for many reasons-it is fresh, easy to make, keeps well in the fridge, and travels well. I love keeping a bowl in the fridge so I can pull it out for a light lunch or simple dinner. I also love making it for summer parties and picnics. It travels well and everyone loves it. It goes great with any meal! And sometimes it is our meal. It can be served as a side dish or main dish. Give me this orzo pasta salad and a slice of cold watermelon and I am in heaven!

Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, Dill, & Feta Recipe on Great as a side or main dish!

If you are looking for a healthy summer salad, give this Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, Dill, & Feta a try! It is a summer staple at our house!

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Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, Dill, & Feta

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Whole wheat orzo pasta salad with chickpeas, cucumbers, lemon, dill, red onion, and feta cheese. This salad is great served as a side dish or main dish.


1 cup uncooked orzo (we use DeLallo Organic Whole Wheat Orzo)
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup diced red onion

For the Dressing:

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Cook orzo pasta according to package directions. Drain the orzo and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking and to wash away some of the starches. Allow the pasta to cool.

2. In a large bowl, combine orzo, chickpeas, cucumbers, feta, dill, and red onion.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, dill, salt, and pepper. Drizzle over salad and stir until ingredients are well coated. Serve immediately or chilled.

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Disclosure: This post is in partnership with DeLallo and DeLallo is providing the giveaway, but our opinions are our own. 

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79 Responses to “Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, Dill, & Feta”

  1. Kim | Making 40 Fantastic — June 12, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    I’m always looking for fast, light dishes to make on hot summer days…. and as you said quick things to get to the table when traveling or just out of the normal routine. Love orzo and anxious to try this!!!

  2. Salads like this are absolutely perfect for summer, and the orzo in this one really makes it lovely! Great recipe!

  3. Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 12, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    Such a pretty salad! And I love having something like this in the fridge to eat off of all week long!

  4. Tieghan — June 12, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    This is so pretty and perfect for a summer lunch, light dinner or side! Oh and I love all DeLallo products. They are the best!

  5. Liz — June 12, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    Nice recipe – thank you and have a great day!

  6. Becky @ A Calculated Whisk — June 12, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Looks great! I love salads with Israeli couscous, but want to try some with orzo, too!

  7. Joanie @ Zagleft — June 12, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    Orzo salads are my favorites and this one sounds so refreshing! I also use DeLallo Orzo, it really does taste the best.

  8. Anne — June 12, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    This looks so refreshing! I must make this soon!

  9. Gorgeous salad, Maria!

  10. This looks so refreshing and easy. I could eat a huge bowl of it!

  11. Heather Christo — June 12, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    This looks fantastic! I can’t wait to make this for lunch!

  12. Brianna — June 12, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    I love orzo. Great summer recipe!

  13. Julie @ Table for Two — June 12, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    I love making dishes with orzo! This is so summery and fresh!

  14. Lauren @momhomeguide — June 12, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    Thanks for posting! I will definitely be making this soon — I am trying to serve healthier meals (and more salads) for my family!

  15. Arthur in the Garden! — June 12, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    Looks so good!

  16. Jackie @ The Beeroness — June 12, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    Where was this yesterday?! I had a reader ask for side dish recomendations for one of my grilling recipes and I was pretty much scouring my favorite blogs for orzo salads that look exactly like this. Completely perfect for a summer cookout.
    (SO good to see you in Austin! You are adorable as always!)

  17. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 12, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Loving this salad, perfect flavors for summer!

  18. Alyssa — June 12, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    This looks delicious!! I bet I could make it with quinoa for a GF option or a GF pasta :-)

  19. This looks like the perfect summer salad! So great seeing you in Austin!

  20. Cindy Brickley — June 12, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    Fresh fruit salad is my favorite and my second would be a veggie pasta salad.

  21. Carla @ Carlas Confections — June 12, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    Looks really refreshing! Yum!

  22. This is gorgeous, Maria! So light and easy to make, with big flavor. I’d love to serve this at my next BBQ or even on the weeknights with grilled meats. Thanks for sharing!

  23. nessa — June 12, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    Orzo salads are the best!

  24. Amanda — June 12, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    Sounds delicious!! I love orzo!

  25. Jen @ Savory Simple — June 12, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

    What a lovely salad!

  26. Kathryn Von Buren — June 12, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    This looks lovely – looking forward to summer salads by the pool! I like that it isn’t a mayo or dairy based salad – easier to keep in a cooler!

  27. Joanne — June 12, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    Lemon always tastes so light and refreshing to me so I’m loving it in this pasta salad! So perfect for summer.

  28. Bobbie Gonzales — June 12, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    Love this salad, protien, veggies and flavor. Time to go shopping!

  29. Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 12, 2013 @ 11:39 pm

    This is gorgeous – and perfect for a post-BHF detox!! I’m still detoxing myself, too. Adored finally meeting you last weekend Maria. Hope we get to see eachother again soon :)

  30. Des @ Life's Ambrosia — June 13, 2013 @ 12:31 am

    Oh this is just beautiful! You are right it is perfect for hot weather, now only if hot weather would come to Seattle. It was good to see you in Austin. Hope to see you again soon. Maybe next time we’ll have our boys again and they can steal cookies together. :)

  31. Jamie @lifelovelemons — June 13, 2013 @ 6:04 am

    LOVE the whole wheat orzo. This looks amazing! So healthy.

  32. ashley - baker by nature — June 13, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    I love light, fresh Summer salads like this! Yum!!!

  33. Jenn LW — June 13, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    This looks so good! I can’t wait to try this!

  34. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 13, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    What a refreshing salad! I could really cool down with this. And I love that it’s chockfull of lemony goodness!

  35. lisa — June 13, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    I just happen to have half a bag of this very pasta in my panty, so now I know what I’m doing with it!

  36. Heidi @foodiecrush — June 14, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    I love fresh salads like this, and can eat them all summer long! Maybe we need a picnic?

  37. Simone — June 19, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    I made this last night for my husband and I [and threw in some honey zested garlic chicken] for dinner and it was amazing. This is the perfect meal for something light, fresh, and cool. A perfect summer dish or even a little detox dish [which is what it was for us after an 8-stop food tour this weekend!]

  38. The Hunts — July 5, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    This was really great. I got to use dill from my garden! :-) I love having salads like this in the fridge when it’s too hot to cook!

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