If you’re wondering what to serve with your orzo salad, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 39 of the most popular side dishes for orzo salad.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with orzo salad are whole roasted branzino, yogurt-marinated chicken, lamb kofta, and blackened shrimp. You can also try baked lobster tails, carne asada, or Greek fried cheese. For vegetarian options, go with roasted chickpeas, mushroom shawarma, or black bean burgers.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Greek whole roasted branzino
Enjoy this delicious roasted fish with a Mediterranean orzo salad for a light dinner.
To make the prep easy, ask fishmonger to clean the fish for you. Then when it’s time to cook, all you need to do is season the fish and stuff it with aromatics.
It’s really as simple as that.
Why we love this recipe: this dish will make you feel like you’re on a Greek island.
Vegan mushroom shawarma
This mushroom shawarma is the perfect meatless alternative to the Middle Eastern classic.
The mushrooms will absorb all the tasty goodness from the marinade, which includes tamari, maple syrup, cinnamon, and cumin,
The recipe also includes a dairy free tzatziki for drizzling over the mushrooms.
Why we love this recipe: it will fill your kitchen with a mouthwatering aroma.
Mustard garlic pork tenderloin
Pork often gets overlooked in favor of chicken or beef, but this recipe highlights how delicious it can be,
The pork is coated with a mustard and herb mix and roasted in the oven. YUM.
Pro-tip: for best results, use a thermometer to check the temperature of your pork. It’s perfectly cooked when the meat reaches 145°F.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a budget-friendly show stopper.
Greek yogurt is my go-to marinade for chicken breasts.
It’s more effective at tenderizing the meat than vinegar and citrus-based marinades, which is really important when grilling.
Plus, it infuses the meat with a delightfully tangy flavor.
Psst… make sure to let the chicken rest for a few minutes before slicing it and serving on top of your orzo salad.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!
Lamb kofta is a classic Middle Eastern dish made from spiced ground lamb.
It similar to meatballs, but there’s no filler breadcrumbs here. Just pure meat. And if you’re not a fan of lamb, you can swap it for whatever meat you do like.
Serve the koftas on a bed of orzo salad with a side of dips, salad, and pita bread.
Why we love this recipe: leftovers are great for the next day.
Blackened seasoning is one of my favorite spice blends to use with shrimp.
It’s a little less spicy than Cajun seasoning but still lends a nice amount of heat to the mildly sweet shrimp, thanks to the cayenne pepper.
Prop these blackened shrimp over your orzo salad for a delicious and nutritious one-bowl meal.
Why we love this recipe: it’s ready in less than 25 minutes.
This classic Mexican dish is made with flank steak, which has a reputation for being a tough cut of meat.
The solution? Soaking it in a lemon and vinegar-based marinade. The acid will break down the steak’s proteins making the meat delightfully tender.
Plus it infuses the steak with a vibrant, citrusy flavor.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a foolproof recipe for delicious steak.
Greek fried cheese
This Greek fried cheese is crunchy on the outside and oh-so-gooey on the inside.
It’s traditionally flambéd in restaurants before serving, but you don’t need to do that unless you’re trying to impress someone!
Squeeze lots of lemon juice on this cheesy treat and enjoy it alongside a Mediterranean orzo salad.
Why we love this recipe: it’s highly addictive.
Chickpeas are the easiest way to add meatless protein to your orzo salad.
You can add them straight from the tin, but I think it’s well worth going the extra mile and roasting them.
They get nice and crunchy, and you can season them with however you like!
Why we love this recipe: the chickpeas are great for snacking on too.
Black bean burgers
These black bean burgers are stuffed with onions, peppers, and mushrooms, making them super tasty and super nourishing.
You can stuff them in in a bun or prop them naked over your orzo salad for a satisfying lunch.
Pro-tip: chill the burgers for at least 15 minutes to make them easier to cook.
Why we love this recipe: these are great for meal preps.
Chili-lime tofu and peach skewers
These tofu skewers are brushed with a chili glaze as they finish cooking, giving your taste buds a delightful tingle.
Psst… for best results, use firm tofu for these skewers – less moisture = meatier texture.
All these skewers need is a wonderful orzo salad to rest on.
Why we love this recipe: even meat lovers will be raving about these.
Baked lobster tails
If you’ve never cooked lobster tails before, baking them is the way to go.
It’s a fuss-free process that requires no special tools – but a good pair of kitchen shears to help you butterfly the tails.
After that, brush the meat with a classic garlic butter sauce and they’re ready to bake!
Why we love this recipe: it produces a restaurant-quality meal.
Pulled pork sliders
They’re great if you’re feeding a crowd because its as easy to make 12 as it is to make 1.
And it’s not just pulled pork in there – they’ve got bacon and cheese too!
Why we love this recipe: they’re great for parties and potlucks.
The best dishes to serve with orzo salad
- Greek whole roasted branzino
- Vegan mushroom shawarma
- Mustard garlic pork tenderloin
- Yogurt-marinated chicken
- Lamb kofta
- Blackened shrimp
- Carne asada
- Greek fried cheese
- Roasted chickpeas
- Black bean burgers
- Chili-lime tofu and peach skewers
- Baked lobster tails
- Pulled pork sliders
What To Serve With Orzo Salad
- 1 portion orzo salad
- Prepare your orzo salad according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: greek whole roasted branzino, vegan mushroom shawarma, mustard garlic pork tenderloin, yogurt-marinated chicken, lamb kofta, blackened shrimp, carne asada, greek fried cheese, roasted chickpeas, black bean burgers, chili-lime tofu and peach skewers, baked lobster tails, and pulled pork sliders.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!