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

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

I am always looking for new ways to mix up my salad routine so I don’t get bored. I love this Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, Dill, and Feta. This salad is light, simple, and healthy. Enjoy it for lunch, take it on a picnic, or bring it to your next potluck. It is always a favorite. Your friends and family will love it!

I love using orzo in salads. My Easy Orzo Salad is a staple at our house. You can find orzo in the the pasta aisle. I used whole wheat orzo pasta in this recipe and I love it because it has a slight nutty flavor, but it isn’t heavy. It is nice and light and so good in salads!

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

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 on plate

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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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.
4.60 from 88 votes


For the Salad:

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 15 ounces 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:


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


Calories: 469kcal, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 222mg, Potassium: 498mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 358IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 163mg, Iron: 4mg

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I love love this salad! Have made 4 batches already for friends & family & just for ourselves. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Such a great spring dish! The dill makes it taste so fresh. The grape tomatoes I’ve been getting at my local produce store have been divine recently so I quartered a handful of them and added them to the salad. What a great addition! I also didn’t have a can of chickpeas on hand so I soaked 1 cup of raw ones overnight and put them in a slow cooker the next morning with 3 cups of water, a dash of salt, and a pinch of baking soda on high for 3 hours. They were perfect! Cooked through, but with enough bite left to stand up in the salad. Happy spring everyone!

  3. Made this for a potluck and it was good! Light and refreshing…I did add a little more oil and lemon. I ended up finishing the leftovers for dinner 🙂 Will make again!

  4. my bf hates cucumbers (I know!) – what do you think I could substitute? blanched asparagus cut up? raw zucchini?

  5. This sounds really delicious and something new to try. Thank you for sharing this.


  6. What a lovely salad! It tastes great, looks pretty, and is full of the perfect combination of ingredients! Can’t wait to bring this to my next summertime potluck!

  7. In a word – FANTASTIC!

    I didn’t have the orzo so I used mini Farfalle (bow ties) and it turned out great. Loved the lemon, dill and feta combination. We added cold sliced pork to make it a main dish salad, but it can easily stand on its own.

  8. This was amazing! You really have to follow the ingredients exactly because they’re perfect. We have English cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes in season right now which really added to the flavor as well. Nicely done!

  9. I just made this for our women’s bible study and it is amazing and so flavorful! Thank you for this wonderful recipe! 

  10. What an awesome salad!!! It really hit the spot after a heavy lunch. Glad I have left overs and I will defnitely make this again.

  11. Do you have the nutritional values for this? I love it and want to see ho many WW Smart Points it is.

  12. Our family loves this recipe.  We always have it for our reunions and get togethers.   I made it just a bit ago to give my daughter to take to the beach.

  13. Tired to give it 4 stars, but they aren’t sticking. I am GF and Cow DF due to allergies. This recipe adapted and doubled beautifully for a pot luck wedding. I even added one red bell pepper chopped. I left the GF Orzo slightly undercooked and it held up great! I made it yesterday for today and I was thrilled with the results. THank you!! I swapped the regular Feta for true Sheeps Milk feta too.

  14. I love the idea of this recipe, but I need to make it for a bridal shower. How many servings does this recipe make?

  15. 5 stars
    Great recipe, simple and delicious, you can even skip the orzo to limit carbs and still tastes great. I added vinegar instead of lemon juice.

  16. 5 stars
    My husband and I are tired of winter soups for lunch. I made this this morning, chilled it for 3 hours and we both think it’s delicious ! Definitely a keeper. Thank you for posting it !

  17. 5 stars
    What a fantastic salad! This will be a great switch from my usual summer potluck salad go-to. I especially like that the ingredients are simple, and so tasty together! Thanks!

  18. 5 stars
    I made this over a year ago for my grandson’s 2nd birthday party. I always make enough food for double or triple the crowd. Added some halved cherry tomatoes and shared it with fam and friends. Everyone LOVED it! I am so glad I found this recipe again as I was asked to bring to a small event tomorrow.

  19. Has anyone tried this with mint instead of dill? It’s the only fresh herb I have on hand at the moment. For those of you who have made the recipe, do you think mint would work?

  20. Always love making your recipes!! Made this and ate it without chilling it. Yummy! I can see adding grape tomatoes and tuna next time!

  21. 5 stars
    By far, the best salad ever. I’ve been making this salad for years since finding it and it’s always a hit. In fact, I’ve used gluten free orzo and vegan feta and just as good !

  22. 5 stars
    This is 1000% my favourite salad to make, I get RAVE reviews anytime I bring it and people beg for the recipe! I always send them here! It is absolutely delicious!!!

  23. 5 stars
    I have made this salad 5 or 6 times this year already and I cannot get enough! It is perfect as is! I do not change a thing!! So so delicious! I crave it so often! My 5 year old son told us tonight at dinner that he likes this salad better than cake ….. so that’s when I knew it was time to leave a review. So fresh and delicious! Thanks so much

  24. 5 stars
    I add tuna to make this a more filling. And some capers for a little added tangy-ness. It’s so good and everyone I’ve made it for raved. Thank you!

  25. 4 stars
    The pasta salad tasted really good. Very easy and simple to follow. My only caveat is that the dressing is a bit too acidic for my liking. I added about a teaspoon of honey to it to suit my preferences. All in all I’m very content with the volume of food I got and having a lot leftover for the rest of the week!

    Thank you so much for this recipe.

  26. 5 stars
    I made this salad for the first time tonight and my daughter and I declared it a winner! I love the fresh taste the dill and lemon add. I will definitely make this again.

  27. 5 stars
    This is my go-to potluck dish during the summer. I love that it’s light and tasty and makes a good lunch for days to come.

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