Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Greek Orzo Salad w/ Shrimp



How easy and delicious is this? Very.

This dish is such a crowd pleaser. Great for a summer BBQ, and you can make this the day before.
Just take out of the fridge about an hour before serving and adjust seasonings.



Greek Orzo Salad w/ Shrimp:

1 box of orzo (cooked per package directions)

1 lb. cooked shrimp (I like to grill mine)
1/2 red onion, sliced or diced
handful of green onions, chopped
handful of kalamata pitted olives, chopped
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered
handful of fresh dill, chopped
handful of fresh parsley, chopped
1 hot house cucumber, sliced
7 oz. container of chopped feta cheese

Dressing:

juice of 2 lemons
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1/2 cup of good olive oil
kosher salt and pepper

Once you cook and drain your orzo (about 8 minutes), mix while still warm with some of the dressing.



Toss with the rest of the ingredients and add your feta cheese in last.
This makes delicious leftovers!



26 comments:

Proud Italian Cook said...

I swear you will not believe this! I just had lunch with some friends yesterday and this is what I brought, I made the EXACT same thing! The day before I grilled all my shrimp, then cooked my orzo, stuck it in a ziplock and put it in the frig. Yesterday morning I put everything together. The only thing different I can see was that I added white wine vinegar instead of red. How funny is that? This is delicious people, you must make it! my friends went nuts over it, not one piece of orzo was left!! Stacey are you sure you're not the younger sister I never met???

lisa said...

Yum! This is one of my favorite things. Now, I want this for lunch today!

Lisa said...

This is one of my favorite salads also. I make mine pretty close to yours.

Erin Sinnokrak said...

This is almost exactly the salad that I use for potlucks (everyone says "Hey, bring that orzo salad again!"). I roast the shrimp in the oven w/ olive oil, s & p, and I use brined feta that I cut into cubes. I also use more lemon juice and no vinegar - but I too use the "toss with dressing while pasta is still warm" trick! YUMMY!

kat said...

Orzo makes such a great salad!

Peter M said...

Today's Greek lesson is "kritharaki". Kritharaki is a Greek orzo, delicious in a pasta salad with shrimp, like Stacey makes.

Shhh, don't tell your parents but you're turning Greek!

Michele said...

Looks like you and I had the same idea this weekend! It looks delicious! I'm glad you put the kalamata olives in it too! It goes so well, doesn't it?

Elra said...

Te recipe sounds superb Stacey. I'll be making ths for supper tonight.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I have an event next week that this will be perfect for. It looks sensational.

Kat said...

Love this salad. I have been making one similar for a few years now - I just never added shrimp, since my "boys" don't like shrimp that much. Now I will have to make some grilled shrimp to add to leftovers for my daughter and I.

Great summery salad!

Karen said...

Yum, this looks delicious! It would be a great dish to take to a potluck!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I love Greek food-- it's so fresh! I can see this gracing my table soon. I always have these ingredients on hand. Yummy!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I love orzo and orzo salad is so much fun to make. This one really looks refreshing. Perfect for a party.

LaDue & Crew said...

Perfection, Stacey! It looks yummy, and I love it when everything is so colorful... Peter is right!

Andrea said...

Just made this for dinner - literally 30 minutes ago. You mentioned something about leftovers......guess I just didn't make quite enough. Absolutely delicious!

doggybloggy said...

looks great - in fact everything lately has been spot on....

SarahB said...

I can vouch that it was VERY delicious! Love that you wrote "a handful" of most ingredients. This is one of those things where you really can make it to your liking!

zenchef said...

Is that THE orzo salad i got to taste!? Fantastic! What a delicious dinner it all was Stacey. Wish i could have a slice on that torte you made right now. Yum.

Kerstin said...

I love Greek flavors and your orzo looks SO good with the shrimp and feta - yum!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I've just become an orzo fan. No reason I haven't used it much before but I use it a lot now. Made chicken with orzo out of the new Cooking Light magazine and it was delicious and it also had the kalamata olives and tomatoes.
I'm copying down this recipe - thanks.
Sam

Lori Lynn said...

I rarely make any thing with orzo, for no good reason. I need to pick up a few boxes. Looks like a definite crowd pleaser.
LL

Colloquial Cook said...

I don't know if it's a crowd pleaser but it's certainly a Claire pleaser. I was most pleased :-) actually it came second after the torta, but a very very close second.

Wendy said...

All of my favorite summer ingredients rolled together into one recipe. You have done it again, Stacy! I can not wait to make this salad.

Kevin said...

This sounds so tasty! I like the sound of shrimp in an orzo pasta salad like this!

Terri's Table said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe. I made it over the weekend! It is delicious!

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