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5 from 15 votes

Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Shrimp

This light Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Shrimp works well for lunch, dinner or meal prep for the week.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta Salad, Comfort Food, Healthy, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 386kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer


  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 1 lb. cooked shrimp
  • 1 1/2 cups English cucumber, cut into 1/4 inch slices and then diced
  • 1/2 cup mixture of pitted green and Kalamata olives, sliced in half
  • 1/3 cup scallions, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped

Lemony Dressing

  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


  • Cook pasta until al dente, according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add pasta to a large bowl with shrimp, cucumber, scallions, olives, Cotija cheese and chopped dill.
  • Add all ingredients for the lemony dressing to a jar. Shake until well blended. Pour dressing over pasta salad ingredients. Toss until well combined. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.


Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 1227mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 482IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 3mg