Herbed Shrimp Orzo Salad

This herbed shrimp orzo salad is packed full of lemon flavor, fresh herbs, cucumbers, red onion, salty feta and perfectly cooked garlic shrimp. This pasta salad is super easy to make and makes a great light summer meal or flavorful side dish.

Art got me a present on Friday. Wanna know what he got me? All 8 seasons of Psych on Amazon! You guys – I was literally BUSTING with happiness! About a year ago they took all the seasons off Netflix and it’s been so annoying. Psych was my go to show to watch while I was working in the kitchen and now I have it back! That also means that Art and I spent the whole weekend watching Psych because we like to live our lives on the wild side.

Also because we are hella lazy on the weekends and I’m about to go nowhere with the humidity as high as it was last weekend. Gross. 

I just don’t understand how people hang out outside when the humidity is high. I can almost hand the heat but the humidity kills me. I will literally have a breakdown if made to hang outside too long. I’m 100% a princess when it comes to summer weather.

However, one thing I love about summer weather is the light summer dinners that go along with it. A few years ago I remember watching an episode of Barefoot Contessa where she made a pasta salad out of orzo, herbs, and shrimp. Then she packed it all up and had a picnic with her fabulous friends. Since my life is nowhere near Ina’s I simply made a few changes to her recipe and opted to eat this herbed shrimp orzo salad in my sports bra while sitting on my couch.

My life is almost as fabulous as Ina’s.

This salad is a perfect combination fresh herbs, garlic shrimp, lemon, cucumber, red onion and salty feta cheese. Seriously, this salad screams summer and you’ll have a hard time not wanting to eat the WHOLE bowl in one sitting.

Looking for more easy shrimp recipes? Try my Asian Shrimp Po Boy SandwichCajun Shrimp Fettuccine AlfredoShrimp Tacos with Apple Pomegranate SalsaTequila Lime Shrimp Phyllo CupsCajun Shrimp Hummus CrostiniApple Butter Bacon Wrapped ShrimpSkillet Sherry Shrimp and TomatoesSpicy Shrimp Over Creamy Polenta or my Shrimp Couscous Packets with Avocado Mango Salsa

Herbed Shrimp Orzo Salad

This herbed shrimp orzo salad is packed full of lemon flavor, fresh herbs, cucumbers, red onion, salty feta and perfectly cooked garlic shrimp. This pasta salad is super easy to make and makes a great light summer meal or flavorful side dish.

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry orzo pasta
  • 3/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice  olive oil
  • 2 pounds medium sized peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • 4 cups diced/bite size English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 1 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh mint
  • 6 ounces feta, cubed small
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Slightly adapted from Ina Garten

Directions:

Set a medium sized pot with water over high heat. Bring to a boil, lightly salt the water and add in the pasta. Cook according to box directions until the pasta is al dente.

Drain the pasta and add to a large bowl.

While the pasta is still hot pour over 1/2 cup olive oil and lemon juice. Give it a gentle stir and set aside while you prepare the remaining ingredients. (Note: Yes, this will look like A LOT of olive oil but this is going to thin out once you add in all your ingredients)

In a large skillet add remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and set over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot add in the shrimp and cook until they just start to turn pink. Add in the grated garlic and continue cooking until the shrimp are firm and pink. Remove from the heat and add the shrimp with any remaining oil and garlic into the bowl with the pasta. Stir to combine.

To the pasta mixture add in all remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Taste and season with the desired amount of kosher salt and pepper. You can serve the salad room temperature (aka: right after you make it) or keep it chilled until you're ready to serve.