Recipe | Spring Herb Orzo Salad with Shrimp | cookithealthier.com

RECIPE |Spring Herb Orzo Salad With Shrimp

I made this salad a long time ago for some girlfriends who were coming over for dinner. It was the perfect dish paired with some Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, especially on a spring day here in Texas!

Since it just turned spring again, I was thinking about some recipes to share with you all here on Cook It Healthier and this dish came to mind. The flavors combined together with the fresh shrimp and orzo are magic in your mouth…trust me, you’ll love this dish!

Recipe | Spring Herb Orzo Salad with Shrimp | cookithealthier.com

You can enjoy this dish cold or warm it up to enjoy. It’s delicious either way, honestly. Plus, you can make a big batch of this and it will keep all week long for easy meal prepped lunches or even a make-ahead dish for a ladies lunch.

At just 320 calories per serving, you can add it on top of a bed of fresh spinach for a hearty meal that you don’t need to feel guilty about.

Recipe | Spring Herb Orzo Salad with Shrimp | cookithealthier.com

With just a few fresh ingredients, you can whip my Spring Herb Orzo Salad with Shrimp up in no time at all. As long as you have about 20 minutes, then you have time to make this salad. Which, if you’ve been following along so far in 2019, you know my goal is to create super simple recipes for you guys that don’t skimp on the flavor or nutrients!

I think this recipe achieves all of that AND MORE!

Recipe | Spring Herb Orzo Salad with Shrimp | cookithealthier.com

I’ll be making this all spring and summer long and I hope you all love this dish as much as I do! Here’s the few things you’ll need to make this recipe:

Yields10 Servings

I N G R E D I E N T S //
 16 oz uncooked orzo
 3 fresh lemons
 16 oz fresh peeled & deveined shrimp
 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
 8 tbsp Vital Farms Unsalted Butter
 3 tbsp minced garlic
 2 tbsp kosher sea salt
 3 oz feta cheese, crumbled
 ½ cup mini heirloom tomatoes, quartered (optional)

D I R E C T I O N S //
1

In a 6 qt saucepan pot over high heat, add water and a little bit of olive oil to help the orzo from sticking together. Bring the water to a boil, add in the juice from one full lemon and 1/2 a Tbls. of salt. Then add in the orzo to cook until soft. Should take about 5 minutes, but taste test the pasta before removing from the heat just to check!

2

Once the orzo is done, drain it in a colander, rinse with cold water to prevent any more cooking and season with the juice of one full lemon. I just cut the lemon in half and spritz all over the pasta in the colander, stir and then spritz the second half of the lemon. Then season with 1 Tbls. of salt. Stir everything around and add to a bowl where you will combine the orzo with the other ingredients.

Recipe | Spring Herb Orzo Salad with Shrimp | cookithealthier.com

3

Next, in a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, add in the butter to melt completely. Once melted, add in the minced garlic. Gently stir around with a rubber tipped spoon. Then lay your shrimp in the skillet evenly. (TIP: cook the shrimp in two batches so you don't crowd all the shrimp.) Cook the shrimp for 5 minutes per side until they turn whiteish/ light pink. Then remove from heat and set aside onto a cutting board and repeat with your second batch of shrimp.

Recipe | Spring Herb Orzo Salad with Shrimp | cookithealthier.com

4

While your shrimp cooks, you can quickly chop the herbs to toss in the orzo. Then add the cheese and the remaining 1/2 Tbls. of salt + some fresh cracked pepper to taste. Then add the juice of the final lemon.

5

Toss all the ingredients together before adding the shrimp.

Recipe | Spring Herb Orzo Salad with Shrimp | cookithealthier.com

6

Then add in the cooked shrimp and pour the garlic butter from your skillet to the orzo. Toss with the tongs one last time and you're ready to serve or place in the fridge to cool to eat later!
(TIP: If you placed the shrimp on a cutting board, I would go ahead and cut off the tails to make eating the salad even easier for everyone. But, this step is optional! You can leave the tails on like I did because it looks fancier that way of course.)

Recipe | Spring Herb Orzo Salad with Shrimp | cookithealthier.com

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup

Servings 10


Amount Per Serving
Calories 320
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11.8g19%
Saturated Fat 7.3g37%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 98.7mg33%
Potassium 136.6mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 39g13%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g9%
Sugars 2g
Protein 19.3g39%

Vitamin A 30%
Vitamin C 31%
Calcium 8.6%
Iron 12.7%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

xoxo Ashley

 

Ingredients

I N G R E D I E N T S //
 16 oz uncooked orzo
 3 fresh lemons
 16 oz fresh peeled & deveined shrimp
 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
 8 tbsp Vital Farms Unsalted Butter
 3 tbsp minced garlic
 2 tbsp kosher sea salt
 3 oz feta cheese, crumbled
 ½ cup mini heirloom tomatoes, quartered (optional)

Directions

D I R E C T I O N S //
1

In a 6 qt saucepan pot over high heat, add water and a little bit of olive oil to help the orzo from sticking together. Bring the water to a boil, add in the juice from one full lemon and 1/2 a Tbls. of salt. Then add in the orzo to cook until soft. Should take about 5 minutes, but taste test the pasta before removing from the heat just to check!

2

Once the orzo is done, drain it in a colander, rinse with cold water to prevent any more cooking and season with the juice of one full lemon. I just cut the lemon in half and spritz all over the pasta in the colander, stir and then spritz the second half of the lemon. Then season with 1 Tbls. of salt. Stir everything around and add to a bowl where you will combine the orzo with the other ingredients.

Recipe | Spring Herb Orzo Salad with Shrimp | cookithealthier.com

3

Next, in a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, add in the butter to melt completely. Once melted, add in the minced garlic. Gently stir around with a rubber tipped spoon. Then lay your shrimp in the skillet evenly. (TIP: cook the shrimp in two batches so you don't crowd all the shrimp.) Cook the shrimp for 5 minutes per side until they turn whiteish/ light pink. Then remove from heat and set aside onto a cutting board and repeat with your second batch of shrimp.

Recipe | Spring Herb Orzo Salad with Shrimp | cookithealthier.com

4

While your shrimp cooks, you can quickly chop the herbs to toss in the orzo. Then add the cheese and the remaining 1/2 Tbls. of salt + some fresh cracked pepper to taste. Then add the juice of the final lemon.

5

Toss all the ingredients together before adding the shrimp.

Recipe | Spring Herb Orzo Salad with Shrimp | cookithealthier.com

6

Then add in the cooked shrimp and pour the garlic butter from your skillet to the orzo. Toss with the tongs one last time and you're ready to serve or place in the fridge to cool to eat later!
(TIP: If you placed the shrimp on a cutting board, I would go ahead and cut off the tails to make eating the salad even easier for everyone. But, this step is optional! You can leave the tails on like I did because it looks fancier that way of course.)

Recipe | Spring Herb Orzo Salad with Shrimp | cookithealthier.com

RECIPE | Spring Herb Orzo Salad With Shrimp
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