Labor Day Recipe: Roasted Shrimp and Orzo Salad

September 02, 2011

Orzo-and-shrimp 
Photo: FoodNetwork.com

A couple years ago, my best friend's mom made this shrimp and orzo salad for a Fourth of July party, and ever since then it has been one of my favorite salads. The fresh herbs, lemony dressing and crunchy vegetables mixed with the delicious orzo and shrimp just remind me of summer. It’s the perfect dish to bring to a cookout, and it goes so well with anything grilled.

This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network and will definitely be a hit at your Labor Day party!

Roasted Shrimp and Orzo Salad

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • Olive oil
  • 3/4 pound orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds (16 to 18 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup minced scallions, white and green parts
  • 1 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and medium-diced
  • 1/2 cup small-diced red onion
  • 3/4 pound good feta cheese, large diced

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Fill a large pot with water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and a splash of oil, and bring the water to a boil. Add the orzo and simmer for 9 to 11 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's cooked al dente. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Whisk together the lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Pour over the hot pasta and stir well.
  3. Meanwhile, place the shrimp on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread out in a single layer. Roast for 5 to 6 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through. Don't overcook!
  4. Add the shrimp to the orzo and then add the scallions, dill, parsley, cucumber, onion, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Toss well. Add the feta and stir carefully. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend, or refrigerate overnight. If refrigerated, taste again for seasonings and bring back to room temperature before serving.

Enjoy!