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

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

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 twopeasandtheirpod.com This salad is perfect for spring and summer!

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

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 twopeasandtheirpod.com 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!

Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, Dill, & Feta on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this healthy salad!

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

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.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 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

Instructions

  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. 

Maria Lichty

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. 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!)

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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!]

  4. 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!

  5. Looks lovely and I’m going to make it as part of my January health drive.

    Any idea on a possible substitute for the dill (my gf aint too keen on it). Parsley?

  6. This is one of my favorite salads! For a change, I sometimes leave out the onion and garlic and use cilantro in place of the dill.

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  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

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