Main Course,Sides
Provided by:
California Tomato Farmers

Chunky Tomato, Cucumber, Orzo and Fresh Herb Salad

Photograph_recipe 1The healthy flavourful tastes of the Mediterranean are combined in this lunchtime salad. It’s perfect for packing for lunch or a picnic as it won’t wilt.

Makes 8 servings









½ cup orzo
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
½ tsp dried oregano leaves
Generous grinding of black pepper
¼ cup olive oil
3 California Tomatoes
½ English cucumber
2 green onions, thinly sliced
½ cup chopped favorite herbs (chives, basil, parsley, dill or mint) – a combo works best
1 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook, following package directions. Drain and immediately rinse under cold running water. Drain really well and pat dry.
  2. Meanwhile, in a salad bowl, whisk lemon juice with garlic, oregano, pepper and oil. Slice tomatoes into large bite-size chunks. Slice cucumber in half lengthwise and cut crosswise into chunks about the same size as tomatoes. Thinly slice green onions. Place all in a salad bowl including fresh herbs. Stir until combined.
  3. Add orzo and feta. Stir. Serve salad immediately or cover and refrigerate overnight. If refrigerating, bring to room temperature before serving. Add salt and more lemon juice if needed.