Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Roasted Shrimp & Orzo Salad



This is a perfect dish to make in advance. The flavors get more incorporated and blended when you do it the day before. It is fresh. It's a guilty free pleasure and very easy to make, what else can you ask for?

Really, it is a very summery and easy dish. You should give it a try if you are a shrimp lover. If you don't do seafood, you can totally replace the shrimp by roasted chicken :)


Ingredients:

Kosher salt
Good olive oil
3/4 pound orzo pasta (rice-shaped pasta)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)
Freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds (16 to 18 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup minced scallions, white and green parts
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and medium-diced
1/2 cup small-diced red onion
3/4 pound good feta cheese, large diced


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Fill a large pot with water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and a splash of oil, and bring the water to a boil. Add the orzo and simmer for 9 to 11 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's cooked al dente. Drain and pour into a large bowl.

Whisk together the lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Pour over the hot pasta and stir well.

Meanwhile, place the shrimp on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread out in a single layer. Roast for 5 to 6 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through. Don't overcook!

Add the shrimp to the orzo and then add the scallions, dill, parsley, mint, cucumber, onion, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Toss well. Add the feta and stir carefully. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend, or refrigerate overnight.

If refrigerated, taste again for seasonings and bring back to room temperature before serving.


Source: Recipe Courtesy of Food Network - Barefoot Contessa at Home (Adapted)

4 comments:

Pilar said...

Me encanta esta ensalada, especial para el verano, súper fresquita.
Te quedo muy linda.

ANGELICA BERTIN said...

QUE ENSALADA MAS BUENA TENDRÉ QUE APRENDER HACERLA Y BUSCAR LOS INGREDIENTES
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Claudia Varleta said...

Que rica ensalada, yo uso mucho el orzo y a veces la reemplazo con couscous israeli
saludos

la brujita de jengibre said...

Hola:
Es 1° vez que llego de visita a tu blog y me he encontrado con esa estupenda ensalada. Felicitaciones!
un abrazo desde Chile
Edith
La brujita