Orzo, Shrimp and Asparagus Salad

by Erica Dinho on January 25, 2010

This is a wonderful dish to eat during the summer, but I love it so much that I serve it year round. It is healthy, refreshing and very easy to make. This Orzo and Shrimp Salad is perfect for a quick lunch.

Enjoy it!



  • 1 pound orzo pasta
  • 1 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 bunch cooked asparagus, cut into pieces
  • 2 pounds cooked shrimp
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of 4 lemons
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook until tender, but still firm to the bite. Drain the pasta and set aside to cool.
  2. Place the asparagus, pine nuts, and shrimp in a large salad bowl, mix well and then add the orzo.
  3. Mix together the lemon juice, salt, pepper, sugar and olive oil in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the salad and mix well. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Divina January 25, 2010 at 9:25 AM

I love shrimp and asparagus; and I love this dish. Very refreshing and flavorful.


2 rebecca subbiah January 25, 2010 at 9:31 AM

this looks wonderful and so fresh looking delicious


3 Margaret January 25, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Have just discovered orzo and love it. Adding this one to my ‘gotta make’ list.


4 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie January 25, 2010 at 10:34 AM

This colorful dish makes me think of spring! Very cheerful!


5 KennyT January 25, 2010 at 10:48 AM

I love the colours in this dish! And the huge pinky prawns make me drool!


6 Sarah Naveen January 25, 2010 at 11:10 AM

oh wow!!!!!!! colorful n yummy!!!!!!!loved it…


7 Chef E January 25, 2010 at 11:38 AM

I have some orzo in my pantry. hmmm, no shrimp though, but I bet I could whip something yummy up since you made me hungry now!


8 Erica January 25, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Thank you guys!


9 Ruth January 25, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Oh I do so love this, the more lemon, the better!


10 Sandra g January 25, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Yum! Yum! Yum! Delicioso!


11 Oysterculture January 25, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Sounds just about perfect, and it does look of summer – a feeling desperately needed around here. Thanks so much for this glimpse of warmth and sunshine!


12 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best January 25, 2010 at 6:21 PM

This looks like a very delicious and healthy lunch. Those shrimp are big!


13 Erica January 25, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments :)


14 Joan Nova January 25, 2010 at 6:41 PM

You’re right…sounds good for any time of the year. I love orzo – looks rice but tastes like pasta (because it is)!


15 Anna January 25, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Lovely salad Erica, I love Orzo, Great picture. ;-)


16 Juliana January 25, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Yummie, this orzo salad with with shrimp not only looks pretty looks very tasty…delicious :-)


17 Simply Life January 25, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Oh this looks so healthy and delicious!


18 Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home January 26, 2010 at 2:30 AM

Gorgeous! You know I always look at the boxes of orzo in the pasta aisle at the supermarket and I never feel inspired, but now I will be! I think the pine nuts (which I LOVE) are totally doing it for me!


19 DebinHawaii January 26, 2010 at 2:34 AM

Beautiful salad–I buy a whole wheat orzo I really like that would work well in it. It has all of my favorite ingredients.


20 Joanne January 26, 2010 at 6:55 AM

You definitely can’t go wrong with quick and easy meals like this! Yum.


21 Lisa January 26, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Shrimp and asparagus work so well together, it’s worth cheating and seeking out the asparagus even off-season when you have to pay a fortune but really want that incredible combination of tastes. I’d have to add a wee bit of oregano, though, because olive oil/lemon juice/oregano is my favorite way to dress a salad. That picture is scrumptious.


22 Barbara January 26, 2010 at 11:22 AM

What a bright and lovely salad, Erica! And low in calories too. Your photo is so delectable I could almost pick one of those gorgeous pink shrimp right off the screen!


23 Erica January 26, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Thank you all!


24 Saucy Smith January 26, 2010 at 3:52 PM

The photo looks beautiful and the recipe mouth watering. Thank you for posting it. I look forward to cooking it very soon.


25 Karen January 26, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Sometimes the best dishes are the easiest… this looks good!


26 ramon January 26, 2010 at 5:18 PM


my mom did it Awesome YUMMY THANKS


27 Faith January 26, 2010 at 7:28 PM

This yummy dish would definitely make the perfect lunch! It sounds very refreshing and its pretty color has me wishing for spring!


28 Ruth January 27, 2010 at 2:50 AM

Just had t come back for another look and to let you know I left you a little something on my blog


29 monicajane January 27, 2010 at 3:30 AM

I love Orzo…so much…and I can’t eat wheat anymore…I’ve not seen it made with another grain…

looks so yummy, can do all else with another pasta…but I miss orzo!


30 peanutts January 27, 2010 at 5:15 AM

yummm looks delish, and I love the colours!!


31 Soma February 1, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Simple and divine. Love shrimp, and asparagus.. Beautiful, simple and flavorful combination.


32 Erica February 4, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Thank you everyone for the comments!


33 Lura Reitmeyer February 10, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Hi, just today found this blog and I have to say that it looks impressive. I totally agree with your post. Have a pleasant day, keep up the nice work and I’ll definitely keep reading.


34 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes March 25, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Hi Erica,

I tried this recipe today. I had to change the recipe a little bit but it turned out excellent! The orzo with shrimp and asparagus was such a great idea! Loved it! I’ll be posting the recipe soon. I’ll make sure to link it back to yours! Thanks!


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