Tomato Orzo Feta Salad | Labor Day Cookout #SundaySupper

by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 37 comments

in Family Foodie Recipes, Farmer's Market Recipes, Side Dish, Soup Salad Sandwich

Labor Day Cookout MenuFor years, when I thought of having a Labor Day Cookout, my cookout recipes always included  hamburger and hot dogs.  These days, my cookout recipes,  consist of  Pork Chops, Salmon, Tomato Orzo Feta Salad and a fun drink.  By changing up my menu, I have actually simplified the time I spend prepping, setting up and cleaning up and I  save money.  Here’s the best part, everyone is  always so impressed that I don’t serve them the same old, same old.

This year, my cookout recipes will consist of Lemon Sage Pork Chops, Tomato Orzo Feta Salad and we may even throw in a Honey Orange Bourbon Cocktail.  I adore orzo pasta and this recipe is truly a favorite in our home.  And at our house, a party wouldn’t be a party without a platter of  Tomato Mozzarella Appetizer.  How about you, what’s your favorite Labor Day Cookout recipes?  Do you go traditional or mix it up?  Would you try Tomato Orzo Feta Salad or do you always stick to a traditional Potato Salad or Greek Yogurt Potato Salad?

Tomato Orzo Feta Salad | Labor Day Cookout #SundaySupper
Recipe type: Salad
This recipe if perfect for a Labor Day Cookout or any cookout at all.
  • 16 ounce package of Orzo Pasta
  • 6 vine ripe Tomatoes chopped
  • ½ Red Onion diced thin
  • ⅓ cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup of Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ cup crumbled Feta Cheese
  • Sea Salt to taste
  1. Cook the orzo pasta, drain and let cool
  2. Mix the chopped tomatoes and diced onions with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sea salt to taste
  3. Plate the orzo pasta and top with the tomato mixture
  4. Top with the crumbled feta cheese over the orzo pasta and tomatoes

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers September 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

Your salad look amazing!!! Have a great rest of the weekend!!


Pam (@MrsMeltaway) September 2, 2012 at 8:05 am

So simple and fresh looking! How delicious – what a great #SundaySupper we have this week!


Laura @ Familyspice September 2, 2012 at 8:26 am

By Labor Day, we are so over burgers! Would much prefer this menu! Have a great weekend!


Liz September 2, 2012 at 8:42 am

What a fabulous salad…I adore orzo, too! I love to shake up my holiday menus…and I may be copying your ideas…those chops sound amazing, too. Happy #SundaySupper!


Jen @JuanitasCocina September 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

This sounds fabulous! I LOOOOVE Orzo. I’ll eat it any way I can get it. I’m adding this to our menu for next week!


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) September 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

Yum…I LOVE orzo and pasta salads. I always have these ingredients on hand, so I look forward to whipping this up very soon!!


writelane September 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

Sounds yummy, Isabel! I love using orzo hot or cold! Cindy @ Cindy’s Recipes and Writings


Renee Dobbs (@reneedobbs) September 2, 2012 at 10:13 am

Orzo is one of my favorite pastas for salads and soups. I love your recipe with the tomatoes and feta cheese. Super simple and super tasty all at the same time.


Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious September 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

It’s a great #SundaySupper collection this week! Simply inspired.


Lane R (@supperforasteal) September 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

I love orzo and am always looking for new recipes. Looks perfect! Can’t wait to make it.


Patti September 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

I love orzo too and this recipe sounds delish Isabel! So many great salads to pick from!


Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) September 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I’d be mixing all that delicious goodness together! YUM! Great alternative to traditional potato salad for a cookout! Happy Sunday Supper, Isabel!


Germanpdx September 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

So delicious!!! Orzo is such a fun pasta – we all love it! Happy Day to you! ~ Bea


Susan September 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Wonderful salad! This is a favorite flavor combination for me!


Happy Baking Days (@HappyBakingDays) September 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Yum, yum and yum! That looks so bright and pretty, I want to grab a fork!


Brandie (@HomeCookMemory) September 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I have a box of orzo that I picked up that I still haven’t known what to make with it. This sounds perfect and I agree with you about doing something different. While I love the old standby’s of hamburgers, etc, I’ve been craving something different for our grilling.


apapina September 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm

This sounds wonderful–I can’t wait to try it!


Eileen Gross | Wine Everyday September 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I’ll take a pasta salad over potato salad any day, yours looks light fresh & easy to make.
Thanks for sharing it!


dadblunders September 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm

It looks relatively easy to make. I like feta too! Will give it a whirl!



Melanie @ FastFood2FreshFood September 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Another great way to have orzo and feta— yummy!


Tara Noland September 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I love anything with feta, this would be great. Again, thanks for all your help this morning!!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen September 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I never had orzo but it always sounded like something I would like. With feta cheese and tomatoes it´s the perfect salad for a cookout! Happy sunday Isabel!


Baker Street (@bakerstreet29) September 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm

What a simple and delicious salad! I love everything with feta! Great pick, Isabel. :)


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm

What a great salad. Love the sweet fresh tomatoes, and the feta!


Sheila Fretz September 3, 2012 at 12:50 am

Thanks for including me you always amaze me when it comes to your recipes!


sunithi September 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

Only just started using orzo and this looks delish & simple ! Love the flavors. Will make this ! Lovely picture.Always wondered if that is your deck in the background or a background ?


crazykwistin September 3, 2012 at 2:54 am

I love this!! :)


veronica gantley September 3, 2012 at 8:28 am

I am drooling that looks so good.


Laura Hunter September 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

I love pasta salads with balsamic vinegar I will have to give this a try at my next BBQ. Thanks for sharing and for hosting such a fabulous #SundaySupper. I have so many more ideas for BBQ’s now I just have to hope we have enough sunny days to actually have more BBQ’s.


Kendra at Fatback and Foie Gras September 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

Great post! I love the combination of orzo and feta. Used to make something similar but added cooked shrimp. Look forward to following #sundaysupper each week.


Heather @girlichef September 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

Did you say honey orange bourbon cocktail!? Mmmmm…. This orzo salad sounds amazing, I love the Mediterranean flavors! Delicious side.


Sarah September 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm

This side dish sounds amazing. I adore orzo too. I have to start eating healthier and this sounds like the perfect dish to start. BTW your photos look great!


Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) September 4, 2012 at 12:39 am

Love a simple salad with great flavors! I bet it tastes awesome the next day…if there are any leftovers!

The sound of a honey orange bourbon cocktail sounds pretty refreshing and fun! Hope you had a great Labor Day cookout!


The Messy Baker September 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm

This is one yummy looking salad, Isabel. You can’t go wrong with tomato and feta. Yum! That cocktail you mentioned also sounds delicious.


FamilyFoodie September 6, 2012 at 7:27 am

Jennie~ I will be posting the recipe for this easy cocktail… you will love!


Tora Estep September 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Looks like a delicious salad!


FamilyFoodie September 6, 2012 at 7:26 am

Tora~ It is so true that fresh simple ingredients are the key.


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