Tzatziki Shrimp & Greek Orzo Salad {+ Giveaway!}

by Chrissy

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As many if you may already know, we feed our local homeless neighborhood crew, every Thursday. Homemade chicken noodle soup, bread, cookies and the works, we join with some awesome neighbors to pull this thing off, weekly. They are all like family now, the neighbors and homeless, alike.

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{If you are interested in starting something like this, we’d love to share ideas, advice, inspiration and motivation! You don’t need to go to another country to improve the quality of life and condition of a community. Just step outside and see the need within your own city.}

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Usually by the time we are done serving dinner, right along the beautiful Pacific Beach coastline at sunset, it’s a little late to get dinner going for ourselves.

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So, we normally do something quick and easy, like breakfast for dinner, or a quesadilla with lots of added goodies. Lucky for us, this time around we came home to a dinner box from the Hungry Globetrotter, left right at our door.

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The dinner box theme was Greek and contained the following: Taste of Crete Greek Olive Oil Cookies, Vann’s Greek Isles Seasoning, Roland Greek Orzo, Greek Olives, Spicely Organic Tzatziki & Spicely Organic Basil, and a little booklet with recipes. PERFECT timing.

With just a quick trip to the grocery store to grab some fresh ingredients, our dinner was ready in no time.

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We decided to make a Tzatziki Shrimp & Greek Orzo Salad with a Dill Vinaigrette. Not only was it delicious, but it made enough for a small army, and served as a great lunch meal the next day (or two).

The preparation is simple and altogether took about 25 minutes. Boom.

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Today, we’ll be giving away TWO of these Hungry Globetrotter internationally inspired dinner boxes. Two lucky readers will be sent a box of their own to get creative in the kitchen and cook up a tasty meal based on the ingredients that come in their box!

You have 4 chances to win the 1 dinner box from Hungry Globetrotter. Here’s how:

1. Leave us a comment telling us what international cuisine you would most enjoy receiving in a Hungry Globetrotter dinner box.

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4. Leave a separate comment telling us you follow Hungry Globetrotter on Facebook and/or Twitter

We will select a winner on Friday,  August 23th, once we close it at 10pm! Winner will be notified by email.

Full disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Hungry Globetrotter but we thoroughly enjoyed our experience receiving this dinner box and thought that you will, too! The only downside, is that you do have to go buy the fresh ingredients in order to make dinner from the box, so there is some planning and creativity involved.

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Tzatziki Shrimp & Greek Orzo Salad with Dill Vinaigrette

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Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

1 pound orzo, cooked al dente

1 large cucumber, quartered lengthwise, and sliced

3 green onions, thinly sliced

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup Kalamata and or green olives, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, plus extra for garnish

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

4 Tbsps Dijon mustard

1/3 cup olive oil, plus additional for shrimp

6 oz. light feta cheese, crumbled

4 cups arugula, lightly sautéed/wilted

4 cups spinach, lightly sautéed/wilted

20 medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined

2 tsps Tzaziki seasoning, or Greek seasoning

Freshly ground pepper

Salt

Directions:

Cook orzo according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, add cucumber, green onions, tomatoes, and  olives,  to a large bowl, mixing in the cooked orzo. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, combine dill, red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard and blend until smooth, slowly drizzling in the olive oil and blending until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper, to taste (give it another quick blend) and the pour vinaigrette over the orzo and combine well.

In a medium bowl, coat shrimp with a drizzle of olive oil (about 1 1/2 tablespoons), Tzaziki seasoning, and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle a little olive oil in a large sauté pan and turn to high heat. Sauté for approximately 2 minutes per side or until just cooked through; do not overcook! Remove cooked shrimp to a cutting board and let sit for a minute or two before giving them a coarse chop. While waiting for shrimp, toss arugula into the same pan and mix around until mostly wilted. Remove arugula and add to the orzo mixture and repeat to wilt the spinach (adding a little drizzle of olive oil so it doesn’t stick to the bottom).

Finally, mix the shrimp, feta cheese, wilted arugula and spinach into the orzo salad, until equally distributed. Garnish with dill and serve warm.

This salad keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge, and goes well with fresh lettuce, or spinach for flavorful salad addition (you might need to add another bit of dressing or a splash of red wine vinegar and olive oil).

 

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,

Chrissy

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23 Comments to “Tzatziki Shrimp & Greek Orzo Salad {+ Giveaway!}”

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