A super simple quick and easy healthy Greek salad with orzo recipe. Great for meal prepping and planning! #greeksalad #homemadedressing #orzo #easyrecipes #simplerecipes

One of the biggest obstacles to maintaining a healthy lifestyle change is “we have nothing in the house” syndrome. For that reason, trying to eat healthier while being frugal goes hand in hand with having pantry basics in your house all ready to go.

That’s what grown ups do, right?!

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Orzo Greek Salad

When I made this salad, I was in a position of having “nothing to eat” ( in brackets because this is more a state of mind than a reality) and wanted to figure out something that would be quick and easy. We had some orzo in the cupboard as part of our just-the-basics pantry experiment, and I figured that trying to make this into a quick and easy salad would also use up some of the prepped veggies that we had in the fridge.

Speaking of pantry basics, having oil, lemon/lime juice and seasonings or spice blends mean that you will never be lacking a homemade dressing. We have completely quit buying store bought dressings because a.) they are expensive and full of things we don’t recognize and b.) they expire quickly which is a huge waste of money.

When you make your own dressings, you know the ingredients, you control the amount and you save a ton of money by using simple minimal ingredients you already have on hand. Sounds great right?

The Recipe

This turned out really great, and I easily had all the ingredients on hand. I almost always have tomatoes, onion and bell peppers prepped because of the versatility of these items. I had cucumbers because I had just been making some homemade Tsatsiki (I used this great recipe). As you will noticed, I didn’t use Feta cheese, which is traditionally part of Greek Salad. This is because this is something I rarely ever have in my house. If there is one thing I want this site to do, it is to inspire people to eat healthy by using the things they already have. We frugal folks have to stick together!

McCormick Greek 3 in 1 Dressing, Dip and Recipe Mix Seasoning, 15.25 ounce shaker

However if you have the cheese, or think it’s blasphemy to make it without, or even if you just want the cheese then by all means add it! And if you make this, please let us know how it went in the comments!

This recipe for Orzo Greek Salad is easy, and made with simple pantry ingredients! Make as a filling lunch salad or as a dinnertime side! Great for meal prep and meal planning.
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Orzo Greek Salad
This salad is a more filling alternative to traditional Greek salad. Works on its own as a healthy lunch, or as a dinnertime side dish. Works best as a quick dish if you prep your veggies beforehand.
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Salad
For the Dressing
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Salad
For the Dressing
Instructions
Dressing
  1. Take the lemon juice, oil and greek spice and mix in a bowl. Set aside to add to the salad.
    Homemade Greek Dressing
Salad
  1. Cook orzo according to directions and rinse with cold water. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cut your veggies if they are not already prepped and ready to go.
    Prepped veggies for quick and easy meals
  3. Add the veggies and the orzo to a bowl and mix to combine.
    Vegetable Orzo Greek Salad
  4. Top with dressing and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  • We did not use feta cheese as it is not something we usually have in the house, but to make this a more traditional Greek salad, top with Feta.
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2 Comments

    1. MandiEm August 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Where is this meatless Monday?? Sounds like my jam!

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