Grilled Shrimp and Veggie Orzo Salad

Do you ever crave something you’ve never eaten? I do all the time! I rarely experiment when I have guests coming over but I really wanted to try grilled bell peppers and asparagus in an orzo shrimp salad for The Rose Table en Blanc and it was hands-down one of the best dishes I’ve ever whipped up.

Grilled Shrimp & Veggie Orzo Salad | The Rose Table

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Grilled Shrimp Orzo Salad | The Rose Table
Grilled Shrimp & Veggie Orzo Salad
(Serves 8)
1.25 lbs grilled shrimp (recipe follows)
3/4 cup orzo, cooked according to package directions
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2.5-3 lemons)
1/2 cup olive oil 

3/4 lbs asparagus 
2 bell peppers
4 green onions, chopped
1 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 cup basil, torn
Salt, pepper to taste
8 oz Feta cheese
5 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled (I always use cherrywood smoked bacon)

  1. Cook orzo according to package directions; drain.
  2. Toss orzo with olive oil and lemon juice.
  3. Grill shrimp according to recipe below.
  4. Cut bell peppers into thick slices and scrape out seeds. Toss with a bit of olive oil.
  5. Bend asparagus in half until it snaps. Snap the tough ends off of all asparagus; discard tough ends. Toss asparagus with olive oil.
  6. With your grill still hot from the shrimp, grill asparagus and bell pepper slices until nicely charred. Chop grilled asparagus and bell peppers.
  7. Toss asparagus and bell peppers with orzo, green onions, parsley, basil, salt, pepper, crumbled feta, and crumbled bacon.
  8. Gently fold in shrimp. Chill at least a few hours or overnight. Serve chilled.

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How to Grill Shrimp
Grilled Shrimp
1.25 lbs peeled, deveined shrimp (tales on)
2 tsp olive oil

1 Tbsp butter, melted
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

  1. Toss shrimp with olive oil and salt. Gently thread onto well-soaked wooden skewers. (The skewers will catch on fire if they haven’t been soaked in water for hours.)
  2. Grill about five minutes, turning once, or until shrimp turns pink.
  3. Whisk together 1 Tbsp melted butter and the juice of half a lemon. Remove shrimp from grill and brush both sides with lemon-butter. Immediately sprinkle with chopped parsley.

How to Grill ShrimpGrilled Shrimp & Veggie Orzo Salad | The Rose Table

This dish was originally served at my Le Diner en Blanc-inspired dinner party. Read more about The Rose Table en Blanc here.

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