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Kate's Orzo Salad

n addition to my passion for cooking, if you don’t already know this about me, I have a passion for writing – everything from screenplays, to television, cookbooks, newspapers, and magazines…and on May 9, 2017, my first novel, “Lady in the Window” will be published and available in book stores (and online) stores by SelectBooks. In “Lady in the Window,” the main character, Kate Grace, also loves to cook, and she makes this yummy recipe, a tasty Orzo Salad, for her friend Olivia. Here’s the recipe!
  Jumbo shrimp 1 1⁄2 Pound, cooked, deveined and thawed
  Orzo 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs) (dry orzo used)
  Onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), diced
  Garlic cloves 4 , diced
  Roma tomatoes 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Butter 2 Tablespoon
  Fresh basil 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), diced
  Red chili pepper flakes 1 Dash
  Artichoke hearts 1 Cup (16 tbs), in oil drained and split apart
  Sundried tomatoes 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), in oil, drained
  Capers 2 Tablespoon
  Kalamata olives 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), sliced in half
  Italian seasoning blend 2 Dash
  Freshly squeezed lemon juice 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Organic extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon


1. Cook orzo in a pan on the stovetop to package instructions.

2. Drizzle a little olive oil into a skillet on the stovetop over low heat.

3. Add in onion and garlic and sauté until slightly golden.

4. Add in Roma tomatoes and butter, stirring occasionally.

5. Add in basil, a dash of red chili pepper flakes and artichokes. Stir.

6. Add in cooked shrimp, sundried tomato, capers (optional), olives, a dash or two of Italian seasoning blend, and lemon juice. Mix.

7. Add in cooked orzo to the skillet and stir.


8. Plate and serve immediately!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 724 Calories from Fat 190

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 21 g32.4%

Saturated Fat 5 g24.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 274.7 mg91.6%

Sodium 745.9 mg31.1%

Total Carbohydrates 83 g27.8%

Dietary Fiber 8.2 g32.6%

Sugars 13.2 g

Protein 51 g102.3%

Vitamin A 33.4% Vitamin C 48.7%

Calcium 15.3% Iron 36.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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