Shrimp & Orzo

Serve this on its own for a light lunch, or add it to a buffet.  The shrimp have just a bit of a kick, just enough to keep you coming back for more.

Ingredients

1½ cups Greek orzo
Pinch of salt

For the Dressing:

1/3 cup Acropolis Organics Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1tsp Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp salt

For the Salad:

10 cherry tomatoes
1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 hot banana peppers, thinly sliced
5 scallions, both white and green parts, chopped
¼ cup fresh basil, minced
1 lb (500 g) thawed, cooked and peeled cold-water shrimp (150-200 shrimp count)
Acropolis Organics Extra Virgin Olive Oil for drizzling
Squeeze of lemon juice
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp oregano, dried
Fresh ground black pepper
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Preparation
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the orzo and cook for 13-15 minutes.  Drain orzo and place in serving bowl.
  2. Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients together and pour over the cooked orzo.  Stir the orzo and set aside to cool.
  3. Once the orzo has cooled, add the tomatoes, peppers, scallions, and basil and mix.
  4. Rinse the shrimp under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.  Lightly coat the shrimp in olive oil.  Add a squeeze of lemon juice to the shrimp and season with salt, cayenne pepper, oregano and fresh cracked black pepper.  Toss the shrimp to ensure that they are seasoned evenly.  Add the shrimp to the orzo salad.
  5. Top the salad with the crumbled feta cheese, mix gently and serve.

This recipe has been provided by the 3 Greek Sisters and can be found in their cookbook “Three Sisters Back to the Beginning”