Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo Salad

Punch up this classic pairing of watermelon and feta with peppery watercress or arugula. This recipe calls for our Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette, which you'll soon claim as your new signature dressing. It's light, flavorful, and a breeze to pull together. 

Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo Salad
Photo: Hector Sanchez
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 cup orzo pasta

  • 1/2 cup Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette

  • 3 cups seeded and diced watermelon

  • 4 cups firmly packed watercress or baby arugula

  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Toss together hot pasta and Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette in a large bowl. Cover and chill pasta mixture 3 to 24 hours.

  2. Gently toss together watermelon, watercress, feta cheese, and pasta mixture just before serving; add salt and pepper to taste.

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