This easy Mediterranean Orzo Salad comes with wholesome ingredients such as spinach, bell peppers, greek olives, and dairy-free feta cheese. It takes just 20 minutes and is entirely vegan! Make this for your next picnic, or cookout. This recipe is great for your weekly meal prep too.
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💡 The recipe in a nutshell
- Vegan (no eggs & dairy-free)
- Easy orzo salad for a crowd
- 11 Ingredient salad
- Ready in just 20 minutes
- Summer salad perfect for picnics, potlucks and barbecues
- Great for meal prep
- Healthy, wholesome, and filling
- Can be made gluten-free
This vegan Mediterranean orzo salad requires only a few simple ingredients:
- Orzo (for an even healthier version use whole wheat orzo)
- Pitted kalamata olives
- Baby spinach
- Red bell pepper
- Red onion
- Vegan feta cheese
To round up this tasty salad make an easy lemon vinaigrette, with the following ingredients:
🇬🇷 Using GAEA - Greek olive products
GAEA produces and sells Greek olive products, such as oils, snacks, condiments, and vinegar. All their products are made with the utmost care from the harvest to the shelf.
For this salad, we recommend using GAEA's pitted kalamata olives. Their Kalamata olives are a great source of dietary fiber, copper, vitamin E, and more. In addition, they are non-GMO, preservative-free, and lower in sodium than traditional olives in a jar. GAEA's pitted kalamata olives are full of authentic Greek and umami flavors, and some of the best-tasting olives we ever tried!
For the vinaigrette, we recommend using GAEA's extra virgin organic olive oil. This oil has exceptional quality and a characteristic aroma of fresh green olives and a fruity flavor. It creates a beautiful base for a homemade vinaigrette, complementing this orzo salad beautifully.
🤔 Is orzo pasta or rice?
Orzo looks a lot like rice but is actually a type of pasta. It is usually made from semolina. However, it can also be found made with whole grain, white flour, and even cassava for a gluten-free orzo.
🥗 How to make orzo salad
To make orzo salad cook orzo in salted boiling water, drain, rinse and set aside. Don't let it cool completely – it's good if the pasta is still a little bit warm when you toss the salad together. While pasta is cooking prepare your other ingredients: wash and cut vegetables, and drain olives. Add everything to a big salad bowl and toss.
In a separate bowl whisk together the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Then add to the salad as well. Toss until all is coated, salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy right away, or let the salad rest in the fridge to enhance its flavors.
👩🏽🍳 Serving ideas
Serve this salad either as the main dish or as a side dish. It travels well making it great for potlucks, picnics, cookouts, and barbecues. You can also serve it with casseroles, and soups. Other ideas include:
- Grilled, fried or roasted protein (such as tofu, seitan, or vegan chick'n)
- Vegan Gyros (made out of seitan, or soy curls)
- Vegan Meatballs (store-bought or homemade)
- Kebabs or Skewers
- Creamy tomato soup
- Green beans (grilled, roasted, or cooked)
- Corn on the cob (grilled, or roasted)
- Baguette, or other artisan bread (great with garlic herbed butter)
- Vegan Cevapcici
- Vegetable stew
Store salad in the fridge in an airtight container, for up to 6 to 7 days.
Make ahead: Make orzo salad a day ahead for ease. Keep in the fridge until serving time.
Meal prep: This salad is great for your weekly meal prep! Store serving-size portions in containers for a quick lunch or grab-n-go meal.
Mediterranean Orzo Salad (vegan)
- Bring a pot of water to a boil, season with salt, and cook the orzo for 10 minutes. Drain, rinse, and set aside to cool slightly. Transfer the orzo to a large salad bowl. While orzo is cooking prepare other ingredients (wash, cut, and drain). Add the spinach, chopped vegetables, and olives to the salad bowl. Then crumble the feta cheese over the pasta and toss.
- In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, Greek seasoning, salt, and pepper until well combined. Pour the vinaigrette over the pasta mixture and gently fold until the pasta and veggies are coated. Season to taste, drizzle with more olive oil if wished.
- Enjoy right away, or refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight before serving to enhance flavors.
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