Lemon Dill Orzo Pasta

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Lemon Dill Orzo Pasta

This light orzo recipe is full of fragrant herbs and tangy lemon juice.  Very addicting and perfect for a picnic, potluck, or large gathering.  Parmesan is pictured but it’s even better with feta.  This looks like a lot of pasta salad when it’s finished but it goes down easy!  Top it off with seared scallops and make it a main dish.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 40 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: International


  • 1 lb orzo
  • 2/3 cup (~ 4-5 lemons) lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 large cucumber, seeded & diced
  • 2/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup dill, chopped
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts, – optional as garnish
  • 1/2 lb feta or Parmesan cheese – optional as garnish


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add orzo and cook 8-10 minutes or until desired doneness.  Drain and place in a large bowl.
  • Mix olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Toss mixture with orzo and place in refrigerator to cool, stirring occasionally.  When cool, mix in remaining ingredients, except cheese and pine nuts.
  • Add salt to taste and top with cheese and pine nuts.  Happy Eating! Beckie – Eat Simple Food


Rinse orzo in cool water after draining and before adding oil and lemon mixture if you’re trying to cool the orzo faster to add the remaining ingredients.

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Keywords: Feta, Orzo, Pasta, Herbs, Vegetarian, Picnic Food, Holidays, 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day

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Lemon Dill Orzo Pasta

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