Lemon Orzo Salad With Garlic Butter Shrimp

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Lemon Orzo Salad With Garlic Butter Shrimp is a simple yet elegant main dish made with bright lemony flavors and fresh dill. Serve it at your next dinner party or pack it up for your weekly meal prep!

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This recipe was developed in paid partnership with Filippo Berio. Thank you for being supportive of me working with brands I use and love.

Summer always seems to be everyone’s favorite time for pasta salads. People are searching the web for “what to bring to a BBQ” and “what to bring to a potluck dinner” and pasta salad is like top five.

So, what should you serve at your next dinner party? This Lemon Orzo Salad With Garlic Butter Shrimp, of course!

black fork serving garlic butter shrimp with orzo

I’ve never really been a fan of “pasta salad”. I think because it’s served cold, and I prefer my pasta warm. There’s something about warm pasta that just screams comfort, even in the Summer! It’s one of those foods that’s like a tummy hug from the inside.

So I made a warm pasta salad to satisfy my cravings.

This Lemon Orzo Salad is one of the 12 recipes I am sharing this year featuring Filippo Berio’s product line. We’re using their classic olive oil for sautéing and grilling, and their organic extra virgin olive oil in this recipe.

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Why do we need to use two different olive oils? We use two different olive oils in this pasta salad recipe is because the classic olive oil has a higher temperature smoke point, making it great for sautéing the Garlic Butter Shrimp.

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Filippo Berio’s organic extra virgin olive oil has a rich, bold flavor that elevates the lemony vinaigrette for the salad.

I promise I’ll be sharing products from the rest of the collection starting next month—the olive oils are just TOO good and such high quality so I’ve been using them a ton!

Spoiler alert—we’re making a Filippo Berio pesto recipe next month!

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What is orzo pasta?

Wait…what…what do you mean “what is orzo”? To me, this is second nature but so many people Google this!

Ok…so, orzo is not rice, although it looks like a longer, bigger grain of rice. It’s actually a small, flat, rice shaped pasta.

I cook orzo pasta the exact same way I cook rice, but they are two totally different things!

lemon orzo salad with garlic butter shrimp in a large white bowl

How to cook orzo

Orzo cooks similar to rice, but in half the time. I cook mine in chicken bone broth because it adds more flavor than water and has much less sodium than chicken stock. Like half the amount of sodium, it’s crazy!

Cooking orzo in bone broth also makes it sooo creamy! I don’t know what it is, but it always turns out so much creamier and flavorful when I use bone broth. I use this technique on rice, too!

lemon orzo salad with garlic butter shrimp on a white plate

To cook the orzo, all you have to do is boil chicken bone broth, or other liquid of your choice. Vegetable broth works well too.

Then you’ll want to rinse the orzo in a mesh strainer under cold water. This helps keep the pasta from sticking, especially when serving it in a salad. Add the orzo to the bone broth and cook, stirring occasionally for 7-9 minutes or until al dente (firm to the bite).

How to make a Lemon Orzo Salad with Garlic Butter Shrimp

Though this looks like a sophisticated and complicated dish, it’s actually quite easy to make!

While the orzo is cooking, I usually prep all the ingredients:

  • cube the feta cheese
  • dice the red onion
  • slice the cherry tomatoes
  • chop the parsley
  • make the lemon dill vinaigrette
  • cook the Garlic Butter Shrimp

You can easily customize this orzo salad to satisfy your cravings by adding ingredients like Kalamata olives, grilled chicken, or whatever else your heart desires.

Once the orzo is finished cooking, strain it in the mesh strainer to remove excess broth and season it with a little salt and pepper if you’d like.

lemon vinaigrette with filippo berio olive oil and a whisk

Next, combine the lemon dill vinaigrette with the orzo, feta cheese, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and parsley.

Finally, cook the garlic butter shrimp and add them to the orzo pasta salad. It’s all prepped and cooked in less than 30 minutes!

Garlic Butter Shrimp

This shrimp recipe is such a classic. Garlic, shrimp and butter go so well together and are just downright delicious. They’re extremely versatile and a great protein to add to most dishes.

These garlicky shrimp are totally foolproof! They’re so easy your kids could make them.

garlic butter shrimp in a pan with tongs

You can add them to an orzo recipe like this one, spaghetti squash, or cilantro lime farro.

I cooked the shrimp in butter and olive oil, but if you’re looking for a lighter version you can always omit the butter.

tongs holding a garlic butter shrimp

Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad is quick and easy, and absolutely delicious!

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Lemon Orzo Salad With Garlic Butter Shrimp

Lemon Orzo Salad With Garlic Butter Shrimp is a simple yet elegant main dish made with bright lemony flavors and fresh dill. Serve it at your next dinner party or pack it up for your weekly meal prep!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword garlic shrimp, lemon orzo, orzo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 462kcal


  • 1 cup orzo
  • 4 cups chicken bone broth
  • 8 oz feta cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 2 tablespoons Filippo Berio Olive Oil, extra virgin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Garlic Butter Shrimp

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon white cooking wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 tablespoons Filippo Berio olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter


Orzo Pasta Salad

  • Bring a large saucepan with bone broth a boil, add orzo, and 1 tbsp of olive oil, stir and cook for 7-10 minutes or until it has a firm and chewy texture.
  • While the orzo is cooking, make the lemon dill vinaigrette: whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, 2 tbsp dill, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  • When the orzo is finished cooking, strain it and set aside to cool. Then toss it with the tomatoes, red onion, parsley, 2 tbsp dill, feta cheese, and the lemon dill vinaigrette.

Garlic Butter Shrimp

  • Mix shrimpgarlicdillcooking wine, and 1 tbsp of olive oil in a medium sized mixing bowl.*
  • Heat a large skillet with butter and remaining olive oil on medium heat
  • Add shrimp to the pan in a single layer without overcrowding the pan. Increase heat to medium-high and cook 1-2 minutes on each side until the shrimp are pink and opaque.
  • Remove the shrimp from the pan and place on top of the orzo salad. Garnish with the remaining fresh dill.


*Nutrition information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.
*For more flavor, let the shrimp marinate in the white wine mixture for about 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Orzo Salad With Garlic Butter Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 310mg103%
Sodium 768mg33%
Potassium 261mg7%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 800IU16%
Vitamin C 15.5mg19%
Calcium 460mg46%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Author: JZ Eats

Eating is my hobby, cooking is my passion. Sharing easy to follow recipes from my kitchen.

9 thoughts

  1. What a delicious looking salad. I was wondering what to make for dinner tonight. This just might be it. Looks like a great dinner salad to me.

  2. This is such a great dish when you’re making dinner and want something light but filling. The perfect combo!

  3. I made this for dinner last night and it was so incredible! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  4. This looks incredible, I could totally go for this Lemon Orzo Salad right now. Totally making this on the weekend.

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