Summer Orzo Salad

This was a trial salad that turned into quite the delight. I made it with our last minute steak tips one night when it turned out to be 75 degrees! Then it turned into lunch 3 days the next week 🙂 I used what I had on hand and I was quite proud of the results!! It’s perfect with any grilled meal, ideal for a simple dish to bring to a BBQ, or have it as a side dish with your favorite sandwich! I know the goat cheese will make you wrinkle your forehead, usually I’d use chunks of mozzarella, I had this on hand and went with it, though the goat cheese crumbles and melts a bit, it gives the salad a cheesy taste that melts in your mouth!! Sounds crazy but trust me! I love cold Salads and my husband really doesn’t so it gave me lunch on three different days!

Summer Orzo Salad

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Yield: 1 Cup for a large serving. 1/2 Cup for a side.

Serving Size: 6 Large servings or 8 side servings

Summer Orzo Salad


  • Half a pound of orzo
  • Pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 oz of goat cheese
  • 1 cup of light Italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup of light balsamic dressing
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Cook Orzo according to directions. Let sit in cold water, drain and refrigerate until cool. While this was cooking, I prepared the rest and popped it in the fridge!
  2. Peel and cut cucumbers in circles, then cut each circle into fours.
  3. Cut each tomato in half.
  4. Crumble goat cheese as small as possible.
  5. Toss with cooled orzo, add dressings, stirring to combine, season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least an hour to let the dressings settle.


A large serving to me is eating it as is with nothing else which I did. Twice! Side servings would be serving it with a grilled dish or sandwich.

2 thoughts on “Summer Orzo Salad

  1. Yum! Reminds me of the orzo salad I brought with me when we all went camping together 🙂 LOVE the idea of using goat cheese over mozzarella!

  2. I always remember that salad!! 🙂 The goat cheese was awesome!

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