Shrimp Orzo Salad Recipe

Healthy, protein-rich, and easy to cook, this shrimp orzo salad is excellent for summer. Fresh, crisp greens and juicy prawns top tangy Italian balsamic orzo. Grill or bake shrimp!  


Italian Balsamic Dressing – 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil – 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar – ½ tbsp Dijon mustard – 1 tbsp water – 1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning, or to taste – ½ tsp salt, or to taste – ¼ tsp pepper, or to taste The Shrimp + Salad – 1 pound shrimp, peeled & deveined – 1 small garlic clove, grated or minced – 1 ¾ cups dry orzo – 1 English cucumber, chopped – 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded & chopped – 1-2 cups fresh arugula – Parsley for serving


Boil a big saucepan of water with 1 tsp salt. Cook orzo per package instructions. Put it in a big bowl and refrigerate to chill. It's faster to rinse with cold water, but it may lose salt and flavor.  

Step 1

Emulsify the dressing by whisking olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, water, and Italian seasoning. Set aside.  

Step 2

Preheat grill or oven to high or 400°F. Grilling with wooden skewers? Soak them now. Pat peeled, deveined shrimp dry with paper towels.   

Step 3

In a ziplock bag or bowl, marinate the shrimp with half the sauce and minced garlic. Leave some dressing for the orzo. Marinate the shrimp in the fridge for 20–60 minutes.  

Step 4

While the oven or grill heats up, chop the pepper, cucumber, and parsley. Salad: Mix the orzo with the vegetables and arugula when it cools.  

Step 5

Tossing the salad wilts the arugula. If the orzo clings together, add water or saved dressing to separate it while tossing. Pour in the reserved dressing and toss again.  

Step 6

Bake shrimp on a non-stick baking sheet for 5-7 minutes until pink and cooked through (avoid overcooking).  

Step 7

Grilling Shrimp: Put 5–6 shrimp on each skewer. Grill the shrimp skewers 2-3 minutes per side until done. grill pan-grilled shrimp  

Step 8

Add cooked shrimp to chilled salad and serve immediately. You can add extra dressing and garnish with parsley.  

Step 9

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