Orzo Salad with Shrimp & Pesto

40 8 servings, 1 cup (250 mL) each
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8 servings, 1 cup (250 mL) each

Never tried orzo? Here's your chance. Our Orzo Salad with Shrimp & Pesto uses orzo pasta, a form of small, cut pasta shaped like grains of rice, alongside grilled veggies and fresh shrimp. This recipe puts a whole new spin on pasta salad.

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  • Heat barbecue to medium-high heat.
  • Brush zucchini and peppers with 2 Tbsp. dressing. Grill 3 to 4 min. on each side or until crisp-tender. Remove from barbecue; set aside.
  • Grill shrimp 2 to 3 min. on each side or until shrimp turn pink; place in large bowl.
  • Chop zucchini and peppers. Add to shrimp with remaining dressing and all remaining ingredients; mix lightly.

Use Your Barbecue

For a restaurant touch, add grill marks to your grilled meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and even fruit. Just place the food diagonally across the hot oiled barbecue grates and grill until meat is done or fruit and vegetables are crisp-tender. For a special touch, rotate the food a quarter turn halfway through the cooking time on each side to create criss-crossed grill marks.


Substitute a red pepper for the yellow pepper and/or cherry tomatoes for the grape tomatoes.


  • 8 servings, 1 cup (250 mL) each

Healthy Living

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  • Carb Choices: 1 Carb Choice

Nutrition Bonus

This colourful salad, made with a variety of foods, can fit into a healthful eating plan. As a bonus, the red pepper provides an excellent source of vitamin C.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings, 1 cup (250 mL) each
Calories 190
% Daily Value
Total fat 3.5g
Saturated fat 1g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 180mg
Carbohydrate 26g
Dietary fibre 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 15 %DV
Vitamin C 70 %DV
Calcium 6 %DV
Iron 10 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • janicesaldred |

    I made this salad for a family gathering.....was very well received. Loved it, and make it often. Even people who don't like pasta salads loved it.

  • JessicaOke |

    Really good. A little on the bland side but not bad at all.

  • danyssimo |

    I tasted this recipe and really enjoyed it. Great salad to make at home and take it to picnics, bbqs.