Lemon Orzo Salad with Toasted Walnuts

One of my absolute favorite dishes is this lemon orzo salad topped with toasted walnuts. It does double-duty as both a beautiful salad for serving at parties but also a go-to meal prep dish.

Lemon Orzo Salad

Lemon Orzo Salad with Toasted Walnuts

I’ve recently hopped on the train of meal prep, and as a work-from-home Mom, it is a life saver. I used to think I would have time to make a lunch. I work from home, right? Well, yes, but I never let myself take the time to prep anything nutritious. This lemon orzo salad has been my go-to meal prep dish lately, so I knew I had to share it with all of you!

Since I wanted it to be a dish that could carry me through a busy workday, I wanted it to be jam-packed with nutritious, good fats. Walnuts (2.5g/oz omega-3 ALA)!  You know I love them (check out a few of my favorite walnut recipes at the end of this post), and now they’re the perfect topping to my lemon orzo salad.

Lemon Orzo Salad

Toast walnuts at 375 degrees F. in a single layer on a baking sheet for about 5-10 minutes, tossing halfway to ensure even toasting. They pack a nutritious punch and help me fuel my day! I add them on top of orzo, arugula, feta cheese, and a delicious lemon and olive oil dressing.

You can also customize this salad to your liking. Love spinach? Swap it in instead of the arugula. Prefer parmesan? Choose that over crumbled feta. Make this dish one that you love with your favorite flavors.

Meal Prep Lunch Ideas - Orzo Salad

Just add the toasted walnuts on top for the perfect crunch, prep it in meal dishes (here are the ones I use), and pop them in the fridge for the week. You can enjoy this lemon orzo salad hot or cold.

For the quick dressing on this orzo salad, whisk together ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil with 3 cloves of minced garlic and juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons). Pour it over your orzo and stir in roughly chopped arugula and crumbled feta. Top with your toasted walnuts. DELISH!

This dish would be a perfect addition to any dinner party or potluck. You can easily double the recipe to serve a larger crowd. This is also a wonderful dish to take to a neighbor or friend if you’re sending over dinner for a new baby or a “get well” gesture. It’s versatile, can be eaten warm or cold, and stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Lemon Orzo Salad with Walnuts

Lemon Orzo Salad with Walnuts

Lemon Orzo Salad with Toasted Walnuts

A refreshing orzo salad full of lemon flavor!
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 459 kcal


  • 3 cups orzo pasta prepped per package instructions
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups arugula roughly chopped and stems removed
  • 1/2 cup feta crumbled
  • 1/2 cup walnuts toasted and chopped


  • Prepare orzo per package instructions. Drain but do not rinse. Allow to cool 5 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, zest, and garlic. Pour over orzo and stir well. 
  • Stir in arugula and crumbled feta. Top with toasted walnuts. Enjoy!


Calories: 459kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 13gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 146mgPotassium: 242mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 170IUVitamin C: 4.5mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 1.5mg
Keyword orzo, salad
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I hope you’ll give this lemon orzo pasta a try. It’s become my go-to lunch recipe! Check out some of my other favorite walnut recipes below!

Coconut Walnut Granola
Banana Walnut Crumb Cake
Arugula, Walnut & Fig Balsamic Salad
Cinnamon Sugar Candied Walnuts
Mini Avocado Toasts (with walnuts)

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  1. Just a question…. 3 cups orzo before or after cooking? Looks delicious!

    1. Hi Heather! After! So sorry about that confusion. About 8 oz. uncooked makes about 3 1/2 cups cooked.

  2. This is a perfect Spring pasta salad! We loved the toasted walnuts topping!

  3. What a great side dish or salad for a spring picnic! Looks light and delicious!

  4. I think orzo and salad are a match made in Heaven! Love love love this!!

  5. I am definitely making this soon!! It looks so light & tasty! Love orzo!

  6. Becky Hardin says:

    Delicious! So much flavor!

  7. The dish seems delicious. I must try this with amazing taste. Thanks for sharing all the ingredients. It is so easy to make and also very healthier.

  8. Wow amazing it is looking great and I know it is very tasty. Thanks for sharing I will try at home to cook this dish.
    I really want to try this. It looks so delicious.

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