This recipe was born out of an overabundance of snow peas and cilantro in my garden, although I’m positive I can’t have been the first to throw these flavors together. My guys were gone, and I wanted a quick, light summer meal for one. They wouldn’t eat this in a million years…. even if they were starving. Bart won’t eat cilantro or raw snow peas, Kelie won’t eat anything that swims, and I’m positive Kuyler would have a problem with the whole combination. Thank heavens they leave me from time to time, so I can eat foods I like.
I get raw shrimp in the shell and cook it myself. I think the flavor is far superior, and it only takes a couple of minutes to dunk them in boiling water until they begin to curl and turn pink, then toss them in a bowl of ice water to chill. Feel free to use your favorite shrimp.
Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad with Snow Peas & Orzo
1/2 cup orzo, cooked according to package directions
3 to 4 ounces cooked and chilled shrimp (6 to 8 shrimp depending on size)
3/4 cup raw snow peas, cut in half
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Salt & pepper to taste
Whisk together olive oil and lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. In a bowl, toss vinaigrette together with orzo, shrimp, snow peas, and cilantro. The amount of cilantro is entirely up to personal taste. Serves one as a meal, or two if serving as a side dish.