Watermelon Feta Orzo Salad with Lemon and Basil


Summer is in the air. Okay not quite, it’s been raining practically every day where I live but it’s getting closer! Closer to watermelon season, ice cold lemonade, fresh corn on the cob, an overload of fresh berries and of course plenty of summer sunshine. And I couldn’t be more ready for it this year!

Watermelon Feta Orzo Salad with Lemon and Basil | Cooking Classy

This week you may likely be planning Memorial Day menu, first on this list should be this Watermelon Orzo Feta Salad! It is probably the most refreshing salad I’ve ever had and it will be one of my go to summer salads from now on. It has the perfect blend of summery flavors. You get the mellow sweetness from the watermelon, paired with the tart of the lemon and the tang and saltiness of the feta and you get an abundance of freshness from the generous amount of basil. Let’s just say I ate my fair share and I can’t wait to make it again!

Watermelon isn’t just for snacking. It may not be packed with bold flavors but it has got to be one of the most refreshing fruits, and when you pair it with the right ingredients you can create something worth remembering.

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Watermelon Feta Orzo Salad with Lemon and Basil

5 from 1 vote

A bright and flavorful orzo salad recipe! Made with juicy sweet watermelon and tangy feta and lemon to balance it out.

Servings: 7
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups dry orzo
  • Salt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 5 cups cubed seedless watermelon (dice into 1/2 to 3/4-inch cubes)
  • 6 oz feta cheese , crumbled
  • 1/4 cup (12g) chopped fresh basil


  1. Cook pasta in salted water according to directions listed on package. Drain well (don't rinse!) then pour into a large bowl.
  2. While pasta boils, stir together lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil and honey. Pour half of mixture over drained pasta in bowl and toss. Season with salt taste. Allow to cool.
  3. Add watermelon, feta and basil to orzo, add remaining lemon juice mixture and toss to evenly coat.
  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Orzo Salad, Watermelon Salad
Author: Jaclyn


  • Holly Tucker: Hmmmm…..maybe some cold rotisserie chicken too! August 7, 2018 at 6:45pm Reply

  • Cristi Williams: I made this salad this weekend for a BBQ. It was a great hit! The only thing I added was a few red pepper flakes for a little bit of a kick. I will definitely make it again. June 12, 2017 at 2:04pm Reply

  • Jess: I’ll be making this for the FOURTH time tonight in less than a month. I’m addicted, it’s so amazing. I add in blueberries too :) June 16, 2016 at 2:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed this recipe Jess! Thanks for your comment! June 17, 2016 at 12:52am Reply

  • Regan: Planning to make this weekend…what do you think about using mint insteas of basil? July 2, 2015 at 1:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that would also be a great option, I’ve seen it done in a few salads like this one. I hope you love it! July 2, 2015 at 11:22pm Reply

      • Jeremie: We are thinking about adding this to our wedding reception menu. Do you think it would be over-the-top to also add chicken? October 17, 2015 at 9:24pm Reply

  • Tara: This was absolutely delicious! Perfect for summer. I only added about 4 cups watermelon since I like more pasta in my salads, but my husband liked it with more watermelon. I love the combination of watermelon and feta. The lemon honey dressing is perfect. June 23, 2015 at 6:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for the great review Tara! June 23, 2015 at 11:26am Reply

  • Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness: I had a watermelon and feta salad only once in my life and it was a disappointment. Yours looks amazing though, I need some to get the bad taste of the other out of my mouth! May 16, 2015 at 5:49pm Reply

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout: This looks so awesome! I love watermelon and feta together and you just cannot lose with orzo :) May 16, 2015 at 2:12pm Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: This just screams summer! Love the watermelon in this salad! May 16, 2015 at 1:27pm Reply

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