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Delicious and easy to make. I brought it to a pot luck party and it was gone in a flash (unlike some of the other pasta and salad dishes). I added probably a little more kosher salt to taste. I also didn’t have enough chicken broth so did water and broth mix but taste didn’t suffer at all. The dish looks very pretty with colorful tomatoes and the hints of green from basil and onions.
Just had a luncheon with some old friends and did this salad, but with a few changes..I used basil instead of oregano and added a splash of balsmanic vinegar and instead of feta I used cubes of fresh mozarella. They all loved it ! Oh and since it’s jersey tomato season here I used cut up beefsteak jersey tomatoes. It was delicious.
is it possible you supplied a recipe for orzo with shrimp and feta salad a few years ago ? i cannot find it but feel certain it was on your website-i made it and it was fabulous…would like to try it again.
Hi Sunny, I do not, but it’s a great idea!
What would you use instead of lemon? Citrus allergies…….
Balsamic vinager, or wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar
Loved this recipe when I had ripe cherry tomatoes last Summer/Fall. Any suggestions of what to substitute for the cherry tomatoes during the Spring? Perhaps grapes? Dried cranberries?
I want to try out this salad for a parish picnic. I am not the best at recipes, so I want to make sure I get this correct.
In regards to the 8 oz of orzo pasta …
Do I cook it and measure out 8oz OR
Is it 8oz measured out and then cook it??
This is hard to explain in a post, but hopefully someone will understand what I mean.
Please let me know soon cause I wanted to make this today for tomorrows picnic. Thanks!
Start with 8 ounces of dried orzo, before cooking. ~Elise
Great recipe, adding some pine nuts created some texture for me! love it thanks :)
Looks like a nice salad. I do a similar orzo salad with a vinaigrette of Dijon mustard (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup) mixed with 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar and olive oil to consistency. I put in halved cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered chopped cukes and red or green onions chopped. Dill goes in and it is delicious. This recipe is not dairy has even gotten my wife to eat tomatoes :)
Can be served cold or at room temperature. Can add seafood on top if desired, or can add feta if desired. Thanks for the recipes. Yours will be next I try.
What a beautiful salad, and a great way to feature fresh summer tomatoes! I just had this for dinner and it was great! I used small shell pasta and added a bit extra to stretch it further… And since I didn’t have oregano, I used some fresh basil and Italian parsley… Definitely will be eating more for a snack later tonight!
I just made this and I loved it! I only used 1/2 of a lemon though. I also used Feta with herbs so I ommitted the oregano. Next time I will only use either yellow or red tomatoes and reduce the recipe. But this is one of the best side dishes I have made in a long time!!!
looks delicious! we call the yellow tomatoes sun sugar tomatoes here in central virginia and our plant is the saving grace of our little square foot garden. they are a delight. thanks for the recipe!
This recipe is almost identical to one I came up with a couple years ago and make a variety of ways in the summer and early fall. I normally use couscous or quinoa instead of orzo. My fav way to use it is to stuff a roasted and halved zucchini (you know the monster sized ones you discover hidden under the leaves). Mix in the roasted zucchini you scoop out, add italian sausage and serve it warm with Parm sprinkled over the top. Delish! I love cooking from my summer garden!
Sun Golds are the bomb! We stake our tomatoes using a ring of remesh, a material used when pouring sidewalks, etc. Seems to work better than anything else we’ve tried.
Going to try your recipe for this salad tomorrow. It looks delish! I might try adding some sun golds that I’ve dried in our dehydrator, in addition to the fresh ones – one more level of flavor.
Wow, I made this for a Fourth of July cookout and it was DEVOURED. I only brought half the recipe and left the rest at home. I’ve been adding some poached chicken on top to make it a full meal, and it’s fantastic! Definitely going to become a regular dish around here!
I just love tomatoes, but since having a health problem some years back, I am not allowed to eat any kind of seeds.
Although my favotite are the grape tomatoes, I am going to make the salad with a roma or beefstake tomatoes.
I just love all your recipes! Thanks.
I’m not a big fan of oregano. Is there another herb or spice that I could use to replace the oregano? Otherwise, this sounds gorgeous!
Try fresh, thinly sliced basil. ~Elise
Hi Elise –
Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I made it for our Fourth of July party and it was a big hit – even with the 11 year old who doesn’t like cheese!
This recipe looks great, but what can you substitute for the feta (not a fan)?
A salty, crumbly cheese is important for this salad. Cotija would work too. But if you don’t like that kind of cheese, just leave it out or make a different salad with the ingredients. Your guess with what to do is as good as mine. ~Elise
I love Orzo and cook it any possible way that I can. This is a very refreshing twist to what I am used to cooking, though and I cannot wait to try it. I probably will not add olives to it because this household is very anti-olive things.
My favorite way to prepare orzo is with little slivers of beef (I buy the cubes and slice them thin and throw them in a skillet with oregano, parsley and garlic until golden brown), toss in the freshly boiled orzo and some pasta sauce and a few rich slices of yellow squash and coli four.
It is always a winner here!
Will try your salad and hope it goes just as well!
Elise, this looks wonderful; I was sitting here contemplating food for my daughter’s wedding shower, and this will be perfect!
By the way, for the person who commented that her cherry tomatoes split, this is usually caused by uneven watering. If the plants are permitted to get too dry, then watered heavily all at once, the fruits absorb too much water all at once, and they burst.