Thursday, April 1, 2010

Warm Orzo, Prawns, and Asparagus Salad

A while ago, I did a post asking for a healthy recipe. Many of you left me several links to healthy recipes and I appreciate them very much. I looked at all those recipes and found some really good looking recipes that I'd like to try. I bookmarked many of those links and will try them for sure! This recipe comes from Erica at "My Colombian Recipes". I changed the recipe a little bit for my diet but  it was still heavenly. Please check Erica's original recipe for a different twist with pine nuts and sugar! I had never tried prawns (or shrimp) with orzo and the combination of these two was just perfect! Asparagus was also fantastic. You must try it. It's healthy AND delicious!!

Warm Orzo, Prawn and Asparagus Salad

Ingredients:

1 pound orzo pasta
1 bunch, roasted asparagus, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound prawns or shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed or bottled lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

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.

2. Saute the prawns or shrimp in olive oil over medium high heat, until the prawns turn pink. Toss in the roasted asparagus (to roast asparagus, drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the asparagus and season them lightly with salt and pepper and bake at 400 degrees F, for about 8-10 minutes, or until the asparagus are slightly softened.), cooked orzo, lemon juice, salt and pepper and stir well with a spatula and remove from the heat.

Enjoy!!


46 comments:

  1. Sook this looks ultimate dear....

    Deepa
    http://hamareerasoi.blogspot.com/

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  2. Looks simple and delicious...mmmm

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  3. Yummy! I have a weakness for pasta, and I really love orzo in particular.

    Sook, your pictures are amazing!

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  4. wow looks great sook, happy easter

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  5. Thats a delectable salad..looks awesome..

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  6. I tried making orzo one time and the pasta somehow stuck together. I think I just overcooked it. Let me try again with this recipe.

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  7. nice orzo dish...Sook...have a great weekend!

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  8. Nice, simple and healthy. that is probably what I need after Easter!

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  9. I love your version,Sook!Thank you!I am going to try yours soon :)

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  10. Erica has a fantastic site with great recipes. This is a great pick, tasty and so healthy:D

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  11. Yum! I love shrimp and asparagus, what a great dish!

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  12. Nice version n luks delicious.

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  13. Looks delicious! I love shrimp and it is almost time for the fresh asparagus to be in abundance. I will bookmark this recipe for then...or might try something similar with grains, like farro or quinoa.

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  14. This looks and sounds delightful! A plateful of beautiful springtime, like pasta primavera with shrimp. Excellent!

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  15. I love Erica's blog too. I'm so bad I haven't been there in ages. Thanks for the reminder.

    When I saw your gorgeous image, I wanted to just jump through the screen, what a delectable offering.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

    BTW, I'm playing an April Fool's Day game at my blog until Sunday. If you get a chance, Sook, drop by for a chance to WIN!!!

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  16. This dish looks great and very flavorful. Wow, I'm trying to catch up on your blog posts. :) Bravo for your effort on eating healthier.

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  17. Splendid Salad, my dear. Looks awesome!

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  18. wow the colours look so refreshing!!!... Like the idea of crunchy veggies and pasta and shrimp.. Beautiful Recipe!!

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  19. Sook,

    Salad looks really good

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  20. Simple and delicious, great combination of flavors.
    Mimi

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  21. I love both asparagus and prawns!

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  22. Delicious! Nice for Spring, too!

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  23. salad looks perfect with asparagus

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  24. I make something something similar with chicken and mixed veggies. I like the shrimp idea.

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  25. Wonderful fresh spring dish! I adore orzo. My husband is very allergic to shellfish so I'll have to leave the shrimp out, but I'm thinking that either grilled chicken or salmon would work well too. Thanks!

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  26. What a delicious salad! I love it with shrimp and it looks so easy and fast to make too.

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  27. Those shrimp looked perfect in this dish.

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  28. What a wonderful healthy dinner with a lot of great colour!
    I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.
    *kisses* HH

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  29. I bought some whole wheat orzo I'll have to try this will. You've included all my favorite ingredients!

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  30. oh this looks fabulous! so bright and healthy!

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  31. I add browned orzo to white rice or soup. I've always thought about making a salad with it and just haven't gotten around! This salad looks excellent! Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Hooray for healthy recipes! I so enjoy Erica's site and you've done a marvelous job with your adaptation of this recipe. I just bought asparagus today and always have frozen shrimp on hand. This would perfect for a nice light dinner!

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  33. Oh yay for asparagus. Is it that time of year already? Looks great!

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  34. Oh yum. This recipe sounds so delicious. I'm always worried I'll over-cook orzo though (as I have done before...)

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  35. This looks really healthy and refreshing indeed :)

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  36. This dish is really beautiful -- the perfect way to use up all the fresh asparagus I bought!

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  37. Tasty dish + healthy dish = A winner!

    And sounds easy to make too.

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter!
    LL

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  38. it is asparagus season now in Paris so this is great ! nice recipe of yours ! Pierre de Paris

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  39. Sook, this is definitely a great salad to welcome the Easter!

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  40. This dish looks so fresh and so good!!! I love cooking with orzo too :)

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