Orzo Salad with Watermelon, Chicken and Feta

This Orzo Salad with Watermelon, Feta and Chicken is refreshing and filling at the same time. Healthy and enjoyable, your whole family will love it.

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Warning: I’m squeezing in as many summer recipes as humanly possible before fall is in the air. And I do love fall! I’m just not a blogger that is so great at doing Christmas recipes in July and summer recipes in January. I like to eat fruits and vegetables that are in season and taste good, so that usually means that summer recipes always run a bit into fall and fall recipes into winter…and winter into spring. But hey…there’s always next year. Pin it, bookmark it, print it…whatever you prefer. Make it when the mood strikes!

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This orzo salad pairs watermelon and feta, which I absolutely love. Add in chicken which has been marinated in watermelon juice, lime and honey, and you’ll come up with a salad that the whole family loves. My husband was very skeptical of the watermelon in here (said he’d prefer it on the side), but the second time he ate it, he said “You were right, the watermelon is really good in here.” Converting the skeptics…it’s what I do.

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The chicken is flavorful and moist due to a marinade of pureed watermelon, lime juice and garlic. The marinade is then reduced and basted over the chicken during cooking (or grilling!). You could leave that step out should you want to dirty one less pan and simplify the process, but it makes the chicken even more tasty.


Orzo Salad with Chicken, Watermelon, and Feta

This Orzo Salad combines whole wheat orzo, juicy watermelon and flavorful marinated chicken. Your whole family will love this salad. Great for picnics too!

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  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups chopped watermelon, divided
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups whole wheat orzo
  • 4 ounces reduced fat crumbled feta cheese
  • about 2 cups chopped cucumber
  • ~2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  1. In a blender, add 2 cups chopped watermelon, lime juice, honey, garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil and pepper. Puree until smooth. Pour into a zip-top bag with chicken breasts and let marinate at least two hours.
  2. When ready to assemble salad, take chicken out of the fridge. Remove chicken from marinade, reserving marinade. Bring marinade to a boil in a small saucepan and boil until slightly reduced, or about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook chicken under broiler, on grill, or in a grill pan. It should take about 15-20 minutes depending on how hot your broiler/grill is. The last few minutes, baste often with the sauce/marinade. Cook until chicken is cooked through. Let cool slightly before slicing into thin strips.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, cook pasta according to package directions, drain, transfer to a large bowl and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Let cool (stick in fridge if need be).
  5. Combine pasta, watermelon, chicken, feta, and cucumber in pasta bowl. Drizzle with remaining olive oil (3 tablespoons) and the balsamic vinegar. Stir to combine all ingredients. Taste and add more oil/balsamic/salt/pepper as you see fit.

Chicken adapted from Skinny Mommy

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: Loved this orzo salad with watermelon! I was secretly sad when my husband ate the leftovers.
Husband’s take: He ate the leftovers, always a good sign.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy!

If you have a hard time finding whole wheat orzo, I love Delallo (not sponsored). You can find it in grocery stores or even on Amazon.

Looking for more great uses for orzo? Try: Orzo Salad with Yogurt Dill Dressing, Creamy Tomato Soup with Whole Wheat Orzo, Spinach Orzo Salad with Chickpeas and Meatballs, Orzo Salad with Chicken and Vegetables, Greek Orzo Salad with Roasted Shrimp, Creamy Orzo with Chicken Sausage from Table for Two, or Orzo with Collard Greens, Sausage Meatballs and Sundried Tomatoes from Bev Cooks.

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  8. Wow, I tried this last night with a few friends and everyone loved it! Although I knew that watermelon, feta and balsamic pair well, I was dubious about adding the pasta and the chicken – but it worked! This has definitely become a new summer favorite and a great way to make an entrée out of watermelon salad.

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  10. ohmygosh. this sounds fantastic! I love watermelon, cucumber, and feta together! This is amazing! Im starving and wish I had a big bowl of it right now!
    Im also terrible about planning recipes ahead, Ill be enjoying Summer foods well into September Im sure! ;)

  11. Rachel — Having recently gotten back online… So glad to catch up on your blog. This recipe caught my eye as I’m hosting a brunch on Friday. This would be a great thing to make for it (pinning it now). Also thinking it would make for a healthy lunch option for me now that I’m on my own again for lunches since school has started! :) Hope you are doing great. Looking forward to your posts again…..

  12. This looks delicious. So summery, vibrant, healthy and yum! Thanks for the recipe. Definitely going to try it. Watermelon with feta and lime is an absolute winner x

  13. I also love added the sweetness of fruit to my vegetable dishes. This recipe shouts summer. Gorgeous recipe. Love Beverley xoxo

  14. This salad intrigues me in a good way!! I have seen watermelon salads before but never with a meat in them! I have to try this!!

  15. I love that this is in a watermelon marinade!
    Also, yaaaaa, I’m not a ‘Christmas in July’ kinda blogger either. It annoys me that stores will have out Halloween decor soon!

  16. This looks terrific. The chicken by itself sounds great. The salad is perfect for summer. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you.

  17. What a fabulous combination of flavors!! Watermelon and feta was something I did last summer, in a salad, but with chicken and orzo? I’m diggin’ it!

  18. Awesome idea for a salad. My daughter loves watermelon and chicken so I bet she’d eat it too!

  19. Such a fun dish! I’d never think to put these flavors together.

  20. I am horrible about being ahead of schedule as well – I have a couple zucchini recipes coming next week, and I am rather proud they making it before October! Gorgeous salad – I love anything with orzo lately.

  21. I love watermelon salads in the summer! This one looks wonderful!

  22. I’m going to pretend it’s summer for as long as I possibly can!!! This salad looks wonderful!

  23. I’m always hesitant about adding fruit to my meals. (strange I know) I will have to try out this combo and step outside of my comfort zone.

  24. I love all the different textures and flavors in here!

  25. This is gorgeous, Rachel!! I love watermelon salads!

  26. I’m with you. I love eating my fruits and veggies when they’re at their peak of freshness. This salad looks wonderful. I love orzo.

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