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Mediterranean Lemon Chicken Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Lemon Chicken Orzo Salad - a fantastic combination of flavours in this delicious pasta salad that's a meal in itself.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword chicken, lemon, orzo, pasta salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 427 kcal
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 1 cup orzo whole wheat if you can find it
  • 6 inch piece cucumber seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 1 small red onion diced small
  • juice and finely minced zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup chopped olives
  • 1/2 cup diced feta
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh oregano or leave the leaves whole if you like
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover diced chicken or diced grilled chicken breast


  1. Cook the orzo in salted water until cooked but firm, usually under 1o minutes. Don't overcook and get mushy orzo; al dente pasta is a must in this recipe.
  2. When cooked, rinse the orzo with cold water in a colander and let drain completely for several minutes.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients and toss together until well combined.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve. This salad is generally best when prepared an hour or two in advance.

Recipe Notes

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.