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Greek Pasta Salad with Lemon Garlic Shrimp

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Prep

15 minutes

Cook

10 minutes

Yield

4 -6

This easy shrimp orzo salad will only take 25 minutes to make and is perfect for that summer side dish.

This delicious and easy shrimp orzo salad is the perfect side dish for your summer barbecue or potluck. It has an added boost of protein from the lemon garlic shrimp and is Greek-inspired with feta, cucumbers, tomatoes, and olives.

Orzo on a white serving dish

Why you’ll love this shrimp orzo salad:

  • Quick: Make this shrimp orzo salad in only 25 minutes. Perfect for when you forget a side dish
  • Nutritious: This recipe is loaded with fresh, delicious ingredients that are packed with nutrients
  • Versatile: You can totally swap the shrimp for chicken, or leave it out completely. You can also swap in whatever veggies you love

Ingredient Notes:

Shrimp: Shrimp is such an easy protein to add to your diet, you can buy it fresh or frozen, and easily marinade it in so many ways (or eat it on its own). Shrimp also is full of vitamin B12, and selenium.

Artichoke Hearts: Artichokes are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients. They are great for heart health and your digestion, plus they taste so damn good.

Orzo: A form of short-cut pasta that is shaped like a grain of rice. It’s made with flour and makes a perfect noodle for pasta salads.

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Serving bowl with spoons of orzo pasta salad

How to make shrimp orzo salad:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, making sure to cook to al dente since the pasta will continue to soften once it’s mixed with the dressing. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse in cold water. Set aside.
  2. To a small bowl or in a jar, add the dressing ingredients and whisk together or shake it. Set aside.
  3. Add defrosted, cooked shrimp to a bowl and add 2 tbsp of the dressing. Stir and set aside. Turn a medium-sized frying pan to medium heat. Once warm, add shrimp and cook 1 minute per side. Remove the shrimp and set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl toss gently together all of the salad ingredients and cooled pasta with the dressing. Add the shrimp and gently toss. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 3 days until enjoying.

Expert Tips & FAQ:

How many calories are in a Greek orzo salad? I’m not much of a calorie counter but this shrimp orzo salad has about 460 calories per serving.

What is orzo salad made of? You can make an orzo salad in so many ways. May a vinaigrette dressing, add in whatever protein you like such as shrimp or beans, and chop up in-season veggies.

Other orzo recipes to make:

Orzo on a white serving dish

Greek Pasta Salad with Lemon Garlic Shrimp

4.64 from 11 votes
This easy shrimp orzo salad will only take 25 minutes to make and is perfect for that summer side dish.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Greek-Inspired
Servings 4 -6
Calories 460 kcal
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup dried orzo pasta
  • 1 lb cooked, peeled frozen shrimp (defrosted)
  • 1/2 cup chopped artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup halved baby tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber (about 2 mini cucumbers or 1/2 large)
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup chopped pistachios

Greek dressing

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Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions, making sure to cook to al dente since the pasta will continue to soften once it’s mixed with the dressing. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse in cold water. Set aside.
  • To a small bowl or in a jar, add the dressing ingredients and whisk together or shake it. Set aside.
  • Add defrosted, cooked shrimp to a bowl and add 2 tbsp of the dressing. Stir and set aside. Turn a medium-sized frying pan to medium heat. Once warm, add shrimp and cook 1 minute per side. Remove the shrimp and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl toss gently together all of the salad ingredients and cooled pasta with the dressing. Add the shrimp and gently toss. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 3 days until enjoying.

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Notes

  • If you don’t love shrimp you can simply omit it and the salad will still be extremely delicious!
  • This salad is great to mealprep for lunches or even dinner.
  • Serve this salad as a side to our delicious Greek Chicken Souvlaki

Nutrition

Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.3g | Protein: 24.7g | Fat: 27.6g | Saturated Fat: 6.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16.5g | Cholesterol: 137.4mg | Sodium: 529.5mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4.1g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Matthew Taylor

Holy moly goats in a cannoli, did this hit the spot! Even my kids enjoyed the potatoes and salmon.

Sher Slawinski

5 stars
Fantastic recipe! We switch out what meat we use! So good so good! It’s hearty and filling!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love on my recipes, Sher. Truly means alot!

Taylor

5 stars
A fun way to mix up the summer flavors of our favorite Greek salad with enough heartiness to get us through this snow storm. Added lemon zest to the dressing and some red onion to the salad.

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSSSSSSS!!!!! I love this!

Lilian Frere

5 stars
I absolutely loved this recipe ! I add the garlic shrimp as well as the chicken and it was incredible !! 10/10 would recommend

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much, lilian!

nancy

5 stars
awesome! there’s so much good stuff in this recipe

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you nancy!

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