This super easy lemon orzo pasta salad with fresh tomatoes comes together in just minutes and is the perfect summery side dish for grilled chicken or roasted shrimp.
Our container garden is overflowing after just a few weeks of growing. I honestly am having trouble keeping up with the herbs I planted and am constantly on the look out for recipes to use them in.
My dill is working out much better this year than last and I was super excited to toss it into one of my favorite summery side dishes.
I got this recipe from my friend Jodie a few years ago and it has been part of my luncheon rotation every summer since.
With my fresh harvest of dill to use, I decided to make this part of a dinner by adding roasted shrimp.
Take a peek at this ingredient list and tell me if that doesn't just scream "Summer" to you!
- Orzo pasta
- Olive oil
- Feta cheese
- Fresh dill
- Cherry tomatoes
While the tomatoes are used raw in this pasta salad, the recipe would be just as delicious with a batch of my roasted cherry tomatoes stirred in, too.
You can serve this orzo pasta salad either warm or cold, which makes it a great make-ahead dish.
You can also serve it as a side dish or an entree if you add some protein.
The shrimp complement the orzo salad perfectly. Even the Peanut devoured her dinner and requested a second helping of the fancy "chicken." Ha!
If you're kids just aren't into shrimp, you could easily substitute this fantastic chicken tenderloin air fryer recipe or even this crispy air fryer salmon.
Make Ahead Tips
If you'd like to make this orzo pasta salad ahead of time, you can assemble the recipe but store any protein additions separately until just before serving.
If the pasta absorbs too much of the liquid, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice will help to brighten everything up.