Prawn and asparagus pasta salad

    2 hours 40 min

    A super-delicious salad, that's packed full of flavour. Orzo is tossed with prawns, asparagus and spring onions in a light olive oil and lemon dressing. It's perfect for summer picnics or barbecues.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 12 extra-large prawns
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 litres water
    • 225g orzo pasta
    • 450g fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2.5cm pieces
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 spring onions, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons honey mustard
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:2hr chilling  ›  Ready in:2hr40min 

    1. Peel prawns, reserving the shells. In a frying pan over medium heat, cook the garlic and prawns in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, stirring frequently to keep the garlic from browning. When prawns are cooked through, remove from heat, cool and cut into 1.25cm pieces.
    2. Bring water to the boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add prawn shells, boil for 5 minutes, then strain out shells and discard. Stir in the orzo and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the asparagus pieces and continue cooking until the pasta is al dente, about 4 minutes. Drain into a mesh sieve and rinse in cold water.
    3. Toss pasta and asparagus with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, prawns and spring onions until evenly coated. In a separate bowl, whisk the vinegar, lemon juice, mustard and basil until incorporated. Pour over pasta mixture and toss well; season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill for 2 hours.

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    Fantastic! I made a few twists because I didnt have orzo on hand, white balsamic or fresh basil so I used Orchette, regular balsamic and some dried basil. This was a HIT with my guests for dinner, super easy to prepare, gorgeous presentation and doesnt matter what temperature its served at, so its ideal for a get together. I did not cut up the shrimp or even go through the process of shelling and flavoring the pasta with the shrimp. I did, however, cook the asparagus in the same water as the pasta. For the commenter below who said their asparagus turned brown, they need to remove it from the water when its cooked and immediately put it into cold water to stop the cooking process, it wont brown if it gets shocked immediately. For depth I added some sliced grape tomatoes and some sliced black olives, and now that I've tried it both warm and cold... the flavors really come out after its been chilled overnight! When I do it again I might consider adding some small cubes of cheese, but depends what I have on hand. Try this, you won't be disappointed!  -  26 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Fantastic dish! I used whole 90-110 count shrimp, rather than cutting up the larger, more expensive extra large size. The dressing is light, yet flavorful. It received rave reviews at our Father's Day cookout. I'll definitely be making this again.  -  18 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    What a great recipe! I actually tripled it for a family reunion and people just raved about it. I forgot to save the shrimp shells so I just added some Old Bay to the water that I cooked the orzo in. Seemed to work just fine. This is a keeper...will make it again! Tastes excellent leftover too!  -  26 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)