Cold Orzo Salad With Shrimp Recipe

Step 1

IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL, toss together the orzo, peas, olives, peppers, shrimp, onion and parsley. Pour the olive oil over the salad and mix well.

Step 2

Add the vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper and taste to adjust the seasonings, adding more vinegar or oil sparingly as needed. Don't make the salad too moist. Spoon the mixture into a mixing bowl just large enough to hold the salad, packing it down slightly, cover and chill thoroughly.

Step 3

Unmold the salad onto a serving platter and garnish with cherry tomatoes and black olives. Split the reserved shrimp in half lengthwise and place them on the top for decoration.

Things You'll Need

  • 2c Raw orzo
  • - cooked until tender
  • - and drained
  • 10oz Frozen tiny peas
  • - quickly cooked & drained
  • 8oz Pitted black olives
  • - thinly sliced
  • 2lg Red bell peppers
  • - seeds & membranes removed
  • - finely chopped
  • 3/4lb Med-small shrimp; peeled,
  • - deveined and cooked,
  • - cut into thirds
  • - (remove a few whole
  • - for garnish)
  • 1md Red onion
  • - peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2c Minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 3/4c Extra virgin olive oil
  • 5tb Red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 Garlic clove
  • - peeled and minced
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes; for garnish
  • Olive slices; for garnish

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