Shrimp Orzo Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
A Shrimp Orzo Pasta Salad with fresh bell peppers and other vegetables mix and a home made Oil and Vinegar Dressing
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Ingredients

Shrimp

  • 1 lb shrimp 31-40 ct
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Pasta

  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 4 medium bell peppers 1 of each color
  • 8 oz can sliced black olives optional
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  • Begin getting about 4-6 cups of water boiling for your pasta
  • While that is happening chop up your bell peppers
  • Slice your tomatoes in half. Water should be ready too cook the pasta. Cook for about 9 minutes (or however long the box suggests)
  • While the pasta is cooking, mix all the oil and vinegar ingredients together and set aside
  • When the pasta is ready, strain and mix in a little olive oil into the pasta to keep it from sticking. Set aside.
  • In a large pot get about 6 cups of water with 2 tbsp of salt mixed together and set on high heat.
  • Get a bowl ready with water and ice in it.
  • Once the water is hot enough that when you put your finger in, you pull it away after 1-2 seconds, dump he shrimp in.
  • Stirring frequently, remove the shrimp after about 3-4 minutes, it should be opaque and red.
  • Immediately place the shrimp in the bowl of ice cold water.
  • Place everything into a large bowl and mix together. Slowly add the oil and vinegar mix into the pasta. Taste it every so often until it gets to the flavor you desire. I added a little more salt at the end.
  • If you can, set this in the fridge for about an hour to let it cool down and to allow the flavors marry together. Enjoy!