Garden Orzo Salad
Cuisine: Greek
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Serves: 6
Kids Cook! Get your kids involved in the kitchen by having them help out with this recipe. Here’s what they can do!* Have them help measure ingredients, crumble feta, tear basil leaves, and chop veggies using a kid-friendly knife. Pretty soon, they'll be able to make a salad of their own!
  • ½ cup (125 mL) orzo pasta, uncooked (or use up any cooked grains on hand)
  • 6 tbsp (90 mL) vinaigrette dressing, divided
  • ½ cup (125 mL) sliced red onion
  • 1½ cup (375 mL) halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 medium cucumber, cut into chunks
  • ½ cup (125 mL) crumbled feta
  • ½ cup (125 mL) Kalamata olives
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) torn fresh basil leaves (or 1 tbsp + 1 tsp (20mL) dried basil)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook orzo pasta until tender; drain.
  2. Toss with 2 tbsp (30 mL) vinaigrette dressing while still warm, in medium sized salad bowl.
  3. Add sliced red onion, halved grape tomatoes, cucumber cut into chunks, crumbled feta and halved Kalamata olives. (OR, keep separate for a build-your-own-salad-bar option with more dressing on the side.)
  4. Add garlic, basil and an additional 4 tbsp (60 mL) vinaigrette dressing; toss together to combine; season with salt and pepper to taste.
Lunch from leftovers

Add some hunger-curbing protein to this salad and you've got lunch! Try chickpeas, diced beef, lentils or slice up a hard-boiled egg. Your kids might prefer the salad components packed separately in their lunch (a small container of chickpeas, a few grape tomatoes with cucumber coins, etc.)

Packing up lunches with the kids after dinner is a great time-saving habit to get into. Plus, it teaches kids how to mix and match leftovers to turn them into lunch AND THAT is time well spent building important life skills.

Please Note
*All “Kid’s Cook!” ideas herein are meant as a guide only. You know what your child can safely manage. Make sure they know and understand your rules for working in the kitchen safely and always supervise kids in the kitchen.
Recipe by Yummy Lunch Club at