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!

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 extra-large shrimp

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 quarts water

  • 8 ounces orzo pasta

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 green onions, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons honey mustard

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil

  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

302 Calories
11g Fat
34g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 302
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 112mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 342mg 7%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.