Shrimp and Feta Orzo Salad

Shrimp and Feta Orzo Salad

July 21, 2010

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Looking for a recipe that’s super simple, but also quite impressive? I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I’m generally impressed by shrimp dishes. But then, shrimp is like the easiest thing in the world to cook. And this dish had barely any prep work and was ready in no time flat. Bonus points for shrimp being on sale at my grocery store.

My dad told me that shrimp and feta is one of his favorite combinations and after checking out tons of recipes, i decided tomatoes and orzo would be the perfect complements. Negative points for my grocery store not having orzo. Argh! But instead I got a whole wheat pilaf with orzo mixed in. Not perfect, but it worked. Actually, it worked quite well because this was delicious!

Shrimp and Feta Orzo Salad (serves 4):

  • 1.5 C orzo
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 lb. shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 oz. Athenos feta (I used the black peppercorn variety)
  • A couple sprigs of thyme

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First, get your orzo cooking, according to the directions.

Then, put the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Then put your shrimp in and cook for 3-5 minutes, until shrimp turn opaque. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, too.

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Get your tomatoes all chopped up.

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Then add the tomatoes to the skillet and cook until heated through, about 30 seconds.

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Put the orzo and shrimp and tomatoes in a bowl. And toss with the feta and thyme.

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And that is literally ALL YOU DO. I told you, easiest thing ever. But still, quite impressive, right?

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It was light and perfect for another hot summer night. Have I mentioned how excited I am to move into an apartment with AC in 9 days?? No? Well, I am! It won’t make turning the oven on so tough, either.

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Which means I’ll probably be making a ton more baked goods! But for now, I certainly can’t complain about dishes like this one!

What’s your favorite way to prepare shrimp?

[Sues]

20 Responses to "Shrimp and Feta Orzo Salad"

  1. Erica says:

    Very nice work on the bowl. Shrimp is pretty easy to make, but its also somewhat easy to overcook it. I love all of the fresh summer tomatoes in this dish. I like making Josh popcorn shrimp (http://itzyskitchen.blogspot.com/2009/08/ellie-kriegers-popcorn-shrimp-sweet.html)

  2. Christina says:

    I’ve been inspired by all of the great feta dishes you’ve been making and bought a container this week – with shrimp in the freezer, I might have to make this tonight!

  3. kimz says:

    So I know this is probably unheard of, but I loathe tomatoes, I really do. I try, but I can’t do it. This recipe looks super easy and super delicious, but I’d love to try it with something other than tomatoes? Any ideas?

  4. Rae says:

    I’m loving all the feta posts! I love shrimp anyway you can make it! But I really love the bleu cheese stuffed ones I do that are flash fried.

  5. Pam says:

    I love shrimp cooked ANY way. This dish looks wonderful.

  6. Shannon says:

    Yum, simple and delicious 🙂

  7. Maiah says:

    that looks INCREDIBLE. can’t wait to make at home 🙂

  8. sweetersalt says:

    This looks yumbo. My favorite way to prepare shrimp is grilled with lemon butter, oh hey, so good.

  9. this is a great twist on typical feta salads! i love the idea of pairing shrimp and feta together. love in a bowl <3

  10. Wow…that is beautiful!! I used to HATE shrimp because it made me sick when I was little. In recent years though I’ve been coming around to it and I’m so glad I decided to try it again. It’s delish!

  11. Velva says:

    Shrimp and feta make a great combination. Shrimp, feta, tomatoes and orzo send it over the top. Awesome dish!

  12. Sues says:

    @Kimz Hi! Hmmm do you even hate tomatoes that aren’t fresh? Like canned stewed tomatoes? Because that could work. Or even just tomato sauce? Otherwise, I might simply do some zucchini and squash… Or even eggplant!

    Sues

  13. Jan says:

    About the tomatoes. There is a huge difference in flavor between something that comes from the grocery store (especially out of season) and something fresh off the vine.
    I have 2 favorite shrimp dishes. A shrimp carbonara… can’t miss with bacon. And steamed shrimp dipped in lemon butter. Larrupin!

  14. Kerstin says:

    Mmm, this sounds so easy and delicious! I love the feta and shrimp combo too.

  15. Sharlene says:

    This sounds delicious! And yes, anything with shrimp (or any seafood for that matter) make looks super fancy in my book. I’m also afraid of making all of the above for the same reason although I know it’s silly. This is so easy though I’m going to force myself to try!

  16. AC?! So lucky!! This looks delicious!

  17. Colleen says:

    Looks delicious!! I’m going to make it tonight!

  18. Susan says:

    You’re so right about shrimp, no matter how you do it up, it’s always impressive. Chicken tacos, okay. But shrimp tacos, woah!

    That dish looks amazing.

  19. Megan says:

    Tried this last night (and for lunch today) and it was delicious! Thanks!

  20. Ginny says:

    I don’t like tomatoes either. How about leaving them out and maybe adding some marinated artichoke hearts, chopped, along with some of the marinade?

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