Keeping it fresh, simple, and healthy today with this Greek Salmon with Lemon Feta and Orzo Summer Salad. Grilled (or pan-seared) Greek salmon, served with a summery orzo salad made with roasted peppers, tomatoes, olives, and avocado. Finish this simple summer dish with the most deliciously addicting marinated feta cheese with charred lemons plus lots of herbs. It doesn’t get easier or more delicious than this grilled salmon…simple, extra colorful, super flavorful, pretty healthy, and so delicious. The perfect dinner to serve any night of the week all summer long.

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Clearly I am very into these summery dinners filled with garden produce and herbs. I just can’t help it. When I have an abundance of fresh produce available to use, I can’t resist using it all…and sometimes all at once.

After yesterday’s oven fried mac and cheese bites, I figured something fresh, and oh so healthy, would be a nice switch up for today.

Enter this simple summery Greek salmon, loaded with produce and lemon feta.  It’s the summertime dish that’s fast, fresh, healthy, so pretty, and obviously…so delicious. I couldn’t be more excited to share this recipe today! So with that…

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Jumping into details…

I guess I will start with this, today’s ingredient list long, but there are a lot of herbs, spices, vinegar, and oil being used. My hope is that these are items you already have on hand. And that all you’ll need to pick up from the market is fresh salmon and veggies.

Now, the salmon. I seasoned it up in quite possibly one of my favorite seasoning blends. It’s a combination of balsamic vinegar, smoked paprika (not really Greek…but it’s one of my favorite spices), fresh oregano, shallots (KEY!), garlic (also KEY), and lots of olive oil. Mix, and let it sit while you get everything else for the salad together.

For the summery orzo, you’re really just tossing hot orzo with plenty of fresh herbs, roasted red peppers, chickpeas, tomatoes, olives, and avocado. Add a little olive oil and season this up with salt and pepper.

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On to the grill…

Grill the salmon until it’s just charring. At the very same time, grill the slices of lemon until caramelized. And then, just like with last week’s lemon butter pasta, chop the lemon slices and toss with lots and lots of fresh herbs. Then toss the whole mix with the crumbled feta cheese and a splash of olive oil. Now you have charred lemon feta…

And it’s delectable…and just a little addicting. Salty, lemony, and heavy on the herbs.

Also, if you don’t have a grill, you can easily just pan-sear or oven-bake the salmon. Either option is going to be great!

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Put it all together…

I love to toss some of the lemon feta with the orzo salad. Next, spoon the orzo onto plates, add the salmon, and sprinkle on a generous amount of the lemon feta.

Done. Dinner in less than an hour that’s also colorful and oh so GOOD!

And simple! And in my book, simple AND delicious, well that’s the name of the game when it comes to summer recipes.

This dish has become my personal go-to low-key dinner that’s satisfying, healthy, and in season. It’s also a great hearty recipe to incorporate into your weekly meal prep. Enjoy a delicious healthy dinner, or use it for lunches throughout the week. I like to make this when I know I’m having an “off” week, with very little recipe testing and photographing. Basically, my computer days.

Oh, and here’s an added bonus…this can be made entirely made on the grill, so no oven! Perfect for these hot summer months.

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Looking for other summer salmon recipes? Here are some favorites:

Cilantro Lime Salmon with Mango Salsa

Garlic Butter Creamed Spinach Salmon

Sesame Crusted Curried Salmon Burgers with Lemony Herbs

Lemon Parmesan Salmon with Corn Salad

Lastly, if you make this Greek salmon with lemon feta and orzo summer salad, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Greek Salmon with Lemon Feta and Orzo Summer Salad.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 475 kcal

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  • 4 (5-6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tablespoon dried oregano)
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 lemons, sliced and seeds removed - use to your taste
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, dill, and or mint, chopped (I use a mix)

Orzo Summer Salad


  • 1. Place the salmon in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil, the balsamic vinegar, paprika, oregano, shallot, garlic, and a pinch each of crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper. Rub the seasonings and oil evenly into flesh. Toss the lemon slices into the oil.
    2. To make the salad. Add the orzo, olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, herbs, and a pinch each of crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to a large serving bowl. Add the chickpeas, red peppers, tomatoes, olives, and avocado, toss to combine.
    3. Heat your grill, grill pan, or skillet to medium high heat. Place the salmon on the grill, skin side down. Add the lemon slices. Cover and cook until skin is lightly charred, 4-5 minutes, flip the salmon and lemons, grill another 3-4 minutes until opaque. Remove everything from the grill.
    4. Finely chop the lemon slices and mix them with the herbs, crumbled feta, and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add a couple of spoonfuls of the feta to the orzo salad.
    5. Divide the salad between plates. Add the salmon and sprinkle with lemon feta. Top with lots of fresh herbs, and an extra squeeze of lemon, if desired. Enjoy!

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    1. Hey Alyssa,
      Happy Weekend! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

    1. Hey Lydia,
      You will add the cucumber to the salad in step 2. I hope you love the dish, let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

  1. Got all these beautiful ingredients home – to find out the grill is time to be replaced. I see in the recipe that you can cook it in the oven – what temperature and time frame would you cook it in the oven? Thanks an advanced , can’t wait to try it !

    1. Hey Kristin,
      I grilled mine, but if you need to use the oven I would bake at 350 for 15 minutes. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Andi,
      Yes, the recipe calls for 3 cups of cooked orzo:) I hope you love the dish, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  2. This looks delicious! Can you recommend a different type of fish that would work with this recipe? My husband can’t eat salmon.
    Thank you!

    1. Hey Lisa,
      A mild white fish like cod would work well here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  3. 4 stars
    This was my first time ever eating salmon & I loved it! So full of flavor. Will be making this again for sure!

  4. 5 stars
    Hi, I am a recent fan of yours, I made this recipe today in Mexico City, it’s warm so it was perfect. I really am loving all your recipes!

    Thank you so much!!!

  5. 4 stars
    I loved this recipe! I am not one to chose salmon as my first choice, but the picture led me to try this recipe out! What a hit! My only problem was that my lemon pieces seems to add more a bitter taste than a good one..any suggestions as to why this happened?! Big fan of all of your recipes! Keep on cooking 😁

    1. Hey Meredith,
      Thank you so much for giving this recipe a try, I am glad you enjoyed the salmon. As for the lemon, the caramelizing of them should take away the bitterness but for next time you could always just add a bit of the juice rather than the whole lemon. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    This was the perfect summer recipe! My husband said possibly his favorite HBH recipe, but then I reminded him of all his other favorite recipes (and the ice cream sandwiches we had last night!) 🙂 but seriously the fresh flavors and gorgeous colors are perfect for this time of year!

  7. 5 stars
    I was really skeptical of this recipe for a few reasons. I’ve never cooked with chickpeas, never have made orzo, not the biggest fan of red pepper, and never have grilled salmon. But wow, I’m glad I tried something different because it.was.INCREDIBLE. All of the ingredients blended together so nicely at the end and my husband was pleasantly surprised, as was I. The orzo basically tastes like pasta. It’s delicious. The red pepper was a nice touch too and I’m glad I took the time to grill it a bit before adding.

    I am so excited to include this in our weekly summer rotation and even more excited for family gatherings to start again so I can show it off! OH and I used garbanzo beans instead of chickpeas (I got the wrong can accidentally) and it worked awesome 🙂

    1. Amazing!! I am so glad this turned out so well for you, Ting Ting! Thank you for trying it! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    Omg! This is SO DELICIOUS! I had a zucchini to use up, so I sliced it the long way and threw it on the grill as well. It also made a ton of leftovers (just 2 of us) so I am excited to have this for a few lunches this week. You have the total time listed at 30 minutes… are you super human?!? 🙂 It took me almost 2 hours. But so so worth it.

  9. 5 stars
    The salmon was delicious – perfectly caramelized. The chopped lemon in the orzo salad added just the right acidity to balance the salty feta.

  10. We really liked this recipe (even my seven month old liked the salmon). However I saw that you listed cucumber in the ingredients but never put it in the instructions. Just wanted to let you know because some people might leave it out.

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know! I am really glad you enjoyed this one, Elizabeth! xTieghan

  11. 2 stars
    I’m sorry, but we did not like this recipe. I thought it might be easier than it looked, but It was a fricking ton of work and had so many ingredients! We did not have pre-cooked orzo or roasted red peppers (which we omitted), but I need easy 30 min meals that are actually 30 mins. Once everything was made, the salmon was really good, and the pasta salad was just ok.

    1. Hi Ali! I am really sorry this id not turn out as expected. Is there anything I can help with? I hope you enjoy some other recipes of mine! xTieghan

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Yes, 1.5 cups uncooked. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  12. This was AMAZING!! I used all the herbs suggested and the flavors were perfect together! My only change was that we grilled corn and used that in place of the garbanzo beans. Thank you for another FABULOUS recipe!

  13. 5 stars
    This is my new favorite way to make salmon in the summer. The bright flavors of the lemon and herbs are so good! I followed the recipe without variation. This is definitely “company worthy”. Thank you Tieghan. BTW, the leftover pasta salad was a terrific lunch the next day.

  14. 5 stars
    Yummmmm. Took a bit of effort cause I didn’t prep my ingredients beforehand (get all your chopping & the orzo done first!). Also, highly recommend getting GOOD quality feta. It was SO good in the salad! Husband and I loved every bite and are looking forward to the orzo salad leftovers!

  15. 5 stars
    my friends and i have made over 50 of your recipes (which we love every single one) but this was by far one of the best meals we’ve made. the summer orzo salad is my new favorite meal prep.

  16. I have never really been a big fan of salmon or fish in general for that matter. But this recipe is a game changer. If you think you don’t like salmon, this will change your mind. My picky husband even said that this fish was a good or better than in any restaurant, which is really saying something.

    Thank you for your fabulous recipes, beautiful site and photography. Keep you the great work!

  17. Just wondering what you would recommend as a substitute for the orzo? I’m personally not a fan of orzo. Thanks so much, it looks delicious!

    1. Hi Megan,
      You could use another short cut pasta, or even couscous would be great! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  18. 5 stars
    We made this last night with minor alterations- didn’t realize the feta I had was bad which was heartbreaking bc it would have been awesome with it! The salmon was excellent otherwise! I didn’t use olives (bc I hate them) or chickpeas bc I didn’t have ones ready to use. My mom makes an orzo pasta salad super similar to it so I just did that. Quarantine has led me to grow my own herbs so I had fresh oregano and mint ready to use; the basil Came from the grocery which worked! Overall a great meal, my husband loves salmon and asks that we make it 2-3 times a week. I’ll keep this one on file to repear

    1. Hi PJ,
      I would do 350 for 15 minutes. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  19. 5 stars
    Hey Tieghan,
    I was so excited to make this recipe as I really enjoy salmon. The marinade sounded truly amazing when I was preparing it and that didn’t disappoint. Sadly, I wasn’t able to enjoy the salmon I bought as it had a lot of bones in the whole filet. Every other time I have purchased Salmon I usually find nary a bone. Where do buy your Salmon at the supermarket or somewhere else?? Have you ever bought seafood at a farmers market before?? i absolutely loved the Orzo Summer salad so flavorful and delicious, I could easily eat that all day long so delicious thank you!! Your recipes are the most inspiring as well and always delicious. I love how how you tell us a story with each recipe. It feels like were in the kitchen cooking with you love it!!

    1. Hi Mike,
      Thanks so much for trying the recipe. So sorry you had bones in your salmon. I like to get mine from Whole Foods, I’ve never purchased fish from a farmers market. I hope this helps! xTieghan

  20. 5 stars
    I made this Friday night. It was delicious and so easy to make. I think this might be my favorite recipe from HBH yet.

  21. 5 stars
    Made this for guests tonight. Everyone loved it! Perfect summer dinner for a scorching hot evening! Grilled some fresh sweet corn and swapped it for the garbanzos. Delish! Thanks for another great recipe!

  22. Used the marinade on boneless, skinless, chicken breasts and cooked on the grill. Turned out beautifully. Also made the orzo salad…wow, made far more than 4 servings! We had enough for an army. Seemed a bit bland. Added some white wine vinegar, extra olive oil and large addition of feta.

  23. I don’t see any signs of your gorgeous salmon sticking to the grill! No matter how clean my grill grates are, and how well I oil the grates, and how much oil I use in my salmon marinade, it always sticks. It drives me nuts! Do you use a flippable grill basket for the fish? Give up your secrets, PLEASE!