Grilled Salmon Orzo Salad

by Suzanne on August 8, 2010

This is the case of the Missing Orzo.

It happens ALL the time.

Well, almost all the time.

I’ve had this little package of Orzo for a while now. It sits in my pantry on a shelf that is eye-level to a 2.5 year old boy. It never ceases to amaze me where I find the Orzo each time this same 2.5 year old boy leaves to go home.

His name is Justin. He’s our grandson. He’s just the most precious thing on God’s green earth. Well, him and his sister Abbie. And our daughters and son-in-laws . . . But, I digress.

He thinks I’m weird.

Little scamp

Actually, HE's weird, too.


And we are likely to find the Orzo under our pillow when we go to bed at night. Or in my closet or under my chair. Of course it is never in plain sight.

I’ve decided it is a game. He is testing me. Keeping me sharp and thinking. He laughs at me when I’m not looking.

That’s what grandkids are for, right? Keeping us young! Especially since their parents are the ones that made us old. Come on, I know you know I’m right!

Hider-of-Mai's Orzo. Scamp

Now, on with the Orzo!

MM grilled us up some larapin (LOVE that word!) good wild caught Sockeye Salmon the other night. Probably about THE best salmon ever! But alas, we couldn’t eat all of it in one settin’. There was about a half pound that I needed to make into something, so I decided on this Grilled Salmon and Orzo Salad.

It’s summer.

It’s H.O.T. here in Texas. I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here, it has been as close to Hades as I want to get! When it never gets below 80 degrees for a low, and is 106 at 5pm and still 100 at 10pm, well, pardner, that’s just toooooo dang hot!

A cool, refreshing salad is in order!

This can be a full-on dinner meal, lunch or a side. It is the perfect picnic food.

I think even the Scamp may like it.

Grilled Salmon Orzo Salad
Serves 10-12

8 ounces Grilled Salmon
16 ounces package of Orzo pasta, prepared according to package directions
1 small bottle of Capers (3.5 oz)
1 large Shallot bulb, chopped
20 Cherry Tomatoes, halved
Juice of 2 large Lemons
1/4 cup diced Red Bell Pepper
2 tablespoons fresh Dill, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cracked Pepper
Kosher Salt, to taste

Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Chill. Serve. Enjoy!

Grilled Salmon Orzo Salad

Very healthy, very low in fat, very satisfying!! You can always substitute shrimp or chopped chicken for the salmon. This is a fresh, cool summer salad that your entire family can enjoy as a meal or a side dish!

Here’s a pic of the Scamp in his native habitat.

Orzo Scamp

Fresh, cool, and delicious!

I have to run out and get another package of Orzo before The Scamp gets here this afternoon. Wouldn’t be the same with out the Missing Orzo later this evening.


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