This Shrimp Orzo Pasta Salad has a bit of a Mediterranean vibe to it where it includes feta cheese, grape tomatoes, chickpeas, cucumber, and red onion. This is a nice and light pasta salad that will go well for your family summer picnics or just because.
When it comes to soul food cooking around the holidays and summer cookouts, it is one of my main goals to introduce lighter and healthier side dishes and alternatives for people in my culture to eat aside from Potato Salad, Baked Beans, and Baked Macaroni and Cheese. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with those side dishes. These are also some of my favorites. However, I am getting older and have developed an appreciation for other flavors that I think others would too. I believe this Shrimp Orzo Pasta Salad would be just the dish to shake things up a bit.
What’s in Orzo Pasta Salad?
You guys know me, I try to keep it simple as much as possible. The ingredients in this orzo pasta salad with shrimp are straightforward and should be easily accessible to most. The ingredients include:
- Grape Tomatoes
- Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
- Red Onion
- Feta Cheese
I pretty much toss all of these ingredients together until they are combined and add flavors of lemon, dill, olive oil, parsley, and salt and pepper. That’s it! Keep it in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
I want to challenge all of you out there who love all the comfort food side dishes to go with your BBQ. I am there with you, but I want to encourage you to try some lighter and healthier summer side dish options and this Shrimp Orzo Pasta Salad is a perfect option.
Commonly Asked Questions
Yes! You absolutely can make this day before or earlier in the day. Just cover with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator. I would not keep this in the refrigerator for more than 2 days.
No, although you will get a more robust flavor if you did. I understand not everyone has access to fresh herbs. You definitely can use dry herbs if that is better for you.