We love Greek recipes. The simplicity and bright flavours of Greek dishes are a couple of reasons why my kids love this style of food. This Greek pasta salad has become a favourite salad for summer picnics in the park, pot luck parties, busy weeknight dinners and it’s a delicious lunch box option for the kids.
A super versatile, vegetarian recipe that is light enough for a hot summer day. We use orzo pasta (looks like rice), but feel free to use whatever type of small pasta you and your kids like. I love teaching my children simple recipes that they can carry with them as they grow. An easy Greek vinaigrette is a great recipe for anyone to learn at any age.
Greek Pasta Salad
2 cups orzo pasta (or small shells)
feta cheese (this is going to depend on how much you love feta)
8 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
3 small cucumbers, chopped
1 tbsp chopped oregano
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
4 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
The first step is to prepare orzo pasta according to the package directions. Once orzo is cooked, rinse the pasta with cold water and set aside to cool and dry. I like to pour my pasta on a clean tea towel lined baking sheet to cool.
Now, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper in the base of a large serving bowl. Let the kids do the whisking…always a fun task for kids.
Chopping vegetables is a great task for kids in the kitchen. Cucumbers can be easily chopped with a regular kitchen knife. Add chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and feta to the orzo. We leave the skin on our cucumber, but you could peel the cucumber – if that’s what your family prefers. Stir until everything is combined.
Use scissors to chop the fresh oregano directly into the salad.
Olives are totally optional…my kids won’t eat the olives, so I keep them aside for my own bowl of salad.
The great thing about this recipe is that it can take the heat of a picnic in the park. The vinaigrette is oil and vinegar based, not mayonnaise based. Also, the use of pasta means this salad won’t wilt. I make a big batch of this recipe most weekends in the summertime. We pack it up for lunches in the park (and school box lunches too).
Kid Approved Greek Pasta Salad
- 2 cups orzo
- 8 kalamata olives pitted and chopped
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 3 small cucumbers chopped
- 1 tbsp chopped oregano
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare orzo according to package directions. Once orzo is cooked, rinse with cold water and set aside to cool and dry.
- Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in the base of a large serving bowl. Let the kids do the whisking…always a fun task for kids.
- Pour cooked and cooled orzo into the bowl with the vinaigrette. Stir until vinaigrette coats orzo.
- Chopping vegetables is a great task for kids in the kitchen. Cucumbers can be easily chopped with a regular kitchen knife. Add chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and feta to the orzo. Stir until everything is combined.
- Use scissors to chop the oregano directly into the salad.
- Olives are totally optional…my kids won’t eat the olives, so I keep them aside for my own bowl of salad.
- Stir everything together and add more salt and pepper as needed. Serve or transfer to a large resealable container.
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