This orzo salad recipe will quickly become a family favorite with its flavorful (and guilt-free!) yogurt dill dressing.

Orzo Salad Recipe in a white bowl on a wooden background.

You can’t beat a good pasta salad during a hot summer’s day and this, my friends, is a good pasta salad!

I believe that orzo is the perfect pasta for salads. Because it’s similar in size to the veggies, you’re destined to get a perfect forkful of pasta, vegetables, and dressing. I love this spring orzo salad with asparagus and arugula, or my popular southwestern orzo salad.

About this Orzo Salad Recipe

Orzo salad with yogurt dill dressing would be welcome at a backyard bbq or potluck. As far as pasta salads go, it’s fairly healthy eating: lots of fresh veggies and a light dressing made of nonfat Greek yogurt. Use whole wheat orzo to make it even healthier. 

Use this orzo salad to make a filling lunch: make a bed of spinach (or arugula, or romaine, or whatever green you like) on your plate, give it quick squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and top it with a scoop of this orzo salad. A perfect lunch and a perfect way to re-purpose leftovers. 

Large white bowl on a wooden background, full of colorful orzo pasta salad with dill.

I adapted this recipe from a recipe on my colleague Liz’s site — the original dressing is a bit different than mine, plus I included a few different vegetables.

Make this pasta salad your own

The great thing about an orzo salad recipe like this is that you can add whatever vegetables you have on hand or whatever you like. If you like onions, add those. If you like peppers, add those. Don’t like tomatoes? Leave them out. Have some fresh corn? That would be lovely!

Large white bowl full of orzo, cucumbers, red bell peppers, carrots, and fresh dill.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy the fresh flavors of dill and parsley in this orzo salad recipe as well as the tangy, flavorful (and guilt-free!) dressing.

Orzo, the perfect pasta for salad!

Here’s some more great orzo pasta salad recipes for you to try!


Close up view of an orzo pasta salad with dill dressing in a white bowl

Orzo Salad Recipe with Yogurt Dill Dressing

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This orzo salad recipe will quickly become a family favorite with its flavorful (and guilt-free!) yogurt dill dressing.


For the Salad

  • 16 oz. box orzo (uncooked)
  • 1 cup peas – fresh or frozen
  • 3 roma tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 2 medium carrots – diced
  • 1 medium red onion – minced

For the Yogurt-Dill Dressing

  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook orzo according to package directions. In the last 2 minutes of cooking time, add the peas to the pot with the orzo. Drain peas and pasta in large colander, and set aside to cool.
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine dressing ingredients and whisk to combine.
  3. In a large serving bowl, mix together orzo, peas, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, and dressing until everything is coated with dressing. Check for seasoning, add more salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.


  • Pasta will soak up some of the dressing (as shown in these photos – they were taken the day after making the salad). If necessary, add more dressing to achieve desired consistency.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 290mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 9g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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Verdict: My friends and I love this orzo salad recipe. No complaints to be heard.
Husband’s take: He is in the “love this” category.
Changes I would make: None are necessary but feel free to try different vegetables.
Difficulty: Easy.

Close up view of an orzo pasta salad with dill dressing in a white bowl