This Shrimp and Orzo Pasta Salad is fresh and refreshing with tomatoes, cucumbers and a tangy house dressing!

This cold pasta salad recipe is SO delicious and uses lots of seasonal vegetables, just like my Asparagus pasta salad!

Shrimp orzo pasta in a white bowl.

It’s the perfect pasta side dish for potlucks and parties, plus it goes away so fast.

Shrimp and Orzo Pasta Salad

This is an easy and delicious summer pasta salad with color, flavor and crunch! Fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and delicious shrimp cooked with a zesty, lemony dressing that everyone is sure to love!

Looking for the perfect side dish for a barbecue? That’s it …!

Ingredients for Shrimp and Orzo Pasta Salad

Here is the basic list of ingredients you will need to make this Shrimp and Orzo Pasta Salad recipe. As always, you can find the full ingredient list in the recipe card below.

  • Shrimp – small, tailless, deveined
  • Olive oil
  • Salt pepper
  • Orzo Pastaor any small dough will do
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • English cucumber
  • Feta cheese
  • curly parsley
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Lemons – juice
  • Sugar
  • Italian seasoning

Ingredients for orzo pasta salad with shrimp on wooden table.

How to make a pasta salad

PREPARE THE SHRIMPS Start by blotting the prawns with paper towel, then season the prawns with salt and pepper on both sides.

COOK THE SHRIMPS Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, then add the prawns and cook until pink and cooked through, then remove from the heat. Coarsely chop the prawns and set aside.

Cut cooked shrimp on marble with a knife.

COOKING PASTA Cook the orzo in boiling water until tender, then drain and let cool.

PRO TIP: Rinse pasta with cold water to stop the cooking process and cool it down quickly.

ASSEMBLE THE PASTA SALAD In a large bowl, combine the orzo pasta, diced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onion, feta cheese, parsley and cooked shrimp.

Shrimp orzo pasta salad ingredients in a glass bow with a wooden spoon on a wooden cutting board.

DRIVING Combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and whisk until well blended. Pour over pasta salad, toss gently to combine, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Be sure to stir again before serving!

PRO TIP: You can also put all the dressing ingredients in a mason jar, cover with a lid and shake to combine. It’s a great way to store dressing if you’re making this pasta salad ahead of time or have extra dressing!

Pour the dressing over the shrimp orzo pasta salad.

At what temperature do you serve this salad?

This pasta salad is best served ice because of the cucumbers. If the spring onions are too strong for you, you can always sauté them for a few minutes with the prawns and cool them before adding them to the pasta salad to make the flavor milder.

Can you use different pastes?

Sure! Small pasta varieties work well for this recipe, such as small shell pasta, ditalini, or even bow ties.

More pasta salads to try

Need more ideas for delicious and easy pasta salad recipes? Here are a few to try…

I’m super excited for you to try this delicious Shrimp and Orzo Pasta Salad! It’s one of our favorites in the summer, and I know you’ll love it!

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Shrimp and Orzo Pasta Salad

This light and refreshing pasta salad is loaded with tender shrimp, orzo pasta and a deliciously simple house dressing.

Preparation time20 minutes

Cooking time20 minutes

Total time40 minutes

Course: salad

Kitchen: American

Servings: ten people

calories: 263 calories

Author: Shawn

Ingredients

  • 1 kg. raw shrimp, small size
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces orzo pasta, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 2 cups Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ Chopped off purple onion, chopped
  • ¾ Chopped off feta cheese, crumbled
  • Chopped off curly parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

  • Pat the shrimp dry with paper towel, then season with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the prawns and cook until pink and cooked through. Remove from heat and let cool. Coarsely chop the prawns and set aside.

  • Cook orzo pasta according to package directions, then drain and let cool. Add the pasta to a large bowl along with the cucumber, tomatoes, onion, feta cheese and parsley. Add the cooked shrimp.

Remarks

To make ahead, prepare and cook all ingredients. Mix all ingredients except cucumbers and tomatoes to prevent them from becoming mushy. Add them just before serving and toss to coat well with the dressing.

Nutrition

calories: 263calories | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 11g | Big: 15g | Saturated fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated fats: 1g | Monounsaturated fat: 9g | Trans fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 477UI | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 100mg | The iron: 1mg

Key words: cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, pasta salad, shrimps

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