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Gorgonzola Cheese Orzo Salad with Blood Orange
Vinaigrette, Calabrese Salami, Rock Shrimp and Baby Arugula

Gorgonzola Cheese Orzo Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette, Calabrese Salami, Rock Shrimp and Baby ArugulaOrzo pasta salad with shrimp, salami and orange segments tossed in a blood orange vinaigrette and garnished with a chiffonade of baby arugula and crumbled gorgonzola. Recipe by Chef Jason Gorman.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 quarts plus 1 cup water - divided use
1 cup white wine
1 lemon, cut in half
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 pound uncooked peeled rock shrimp or baby shrimp
1 pound dry orzo or pastini pasta
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil - divided use
4 blood oranges - divided use
1 cup white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons roasted garlic puree
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 pound Calabrese salami, diced small
8 ounces baby arugula chiffonade
1 cup Wisconsin Gorgonzola Cheese, crumbled

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large pot, place 2 quarts water, white wine, lemon, bay leaves, kosher salt and peppercorns; bring to boil. Add shrimp; reduce heat to medium. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp are pink and firm. Drain; discard liquid. Chill shrimp.
  2. Meanwhile, in large pot, bring 4 quarts salted water to a boil. Add pastini. Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain; rinse with cool water. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil; refrigerate.
  3. Make dressing. Peel and segment 2 blood oranges; set aside. Juice remaining 2 blood oranges into large bowl. Add remaining 1 cup olive oil, balsamic vinegar, remaining 1 cup water, honey, roasted garlic puree and sea salt; whisk to mix well.
  4. In large bowl, combine shrimp, orzo, salami and orange segments. Stir in about 1/2 of the dressing, adding more if necessary.
  5. To serve, spoon orzo salad in middle of bowl; sprinkle arugula around edges. Top with Wisconsin Gorgonzola cheese and a few cranks of fresh ground pepper.

Makes 8 servings.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.