Orzo and Shrimp Salad with Asparagus

Orzo and Shrimp Salad with Asparagus

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"This is a dish that goes together quickly, can be doubled easily, and looks beautiful! Orzo , shrimp and fresh asparagus tossed with a light olive oil, lemon and basil dressing. Perfect for a warm weather picnic. Can be served chilled, at room temperature, or heated!"

Ingredients

2 h 40 m servings 302 cals
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Nutrition

  • Calories:
  • 302 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 10.8 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 33.5g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 18.6 g
  • 37%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 86 mg
  • 29%
  • Sodium:
  • 112 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Peel shrimp, reserving the shells. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the garlic and shrimp in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, stirring frequently to keep the garlic from browning. When shrimp are cooked through, remove from heat, cool and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Add shrimp shells, boil for 5 minutes, then strain out shells and discard. Stir in the orzo and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the asparagus pieces and continue cooking until the pasta is al dente, about 4 minutes. Drain into a mesh sieve, and rinse in cold water.
  3. Toss pasta and asparagus with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, shrimp, and green onions until evenly coated. In a separate bowl, whisk the vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, and basil until incorporated. Pour over pasta mixture and toss well; season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill for 2 hours.
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Fantastic! I made a few twists because I didnt have orzo on hand, white balsamic or fresh basil so I used Orchette, regular balsamic and some dried basil. This was a HIT with my guests for dinn...

Fantastic dish! I used whole 90-110 count shrimp, rather than cutting up the larger, more expensive extra large size. The dressing is light, yet flavorful. It received rave reviews at our Fat...

What a great recipe! I actually tripled it for a family reunion and people just raved about it. I forgot to save the shrimp shells so I just added some Old Bay to the water that I cooked the o...