Kate's Orzo Salad

n addition to my passion for cooking, if you dont already know this about me, I have a passion for writing everything from screenplays, to television, cookbooks, newspapers, and magazinesand 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. Heres 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: Medium
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 724Calories from Fat 190

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 21 g32.3%

Saturated Fat 5 g25%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 745 mg31.04%

Total Carbohydrates 83 g27.7%

Dietary Fiber 8 g32%

Sugars 13 g

Protein 51 g102%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet