Grilled Harissa Shrimp & Orzo Bowls
These Grilled Harissa Shrimp & Orzo Bowls are served with a variety of grilled summer vegetables tossed in a light, lemony and herb-filled serving of orzo.
It was the first day of summer yesterday! Let me tell you, I had the most FABULOUS weekend in Toronto filled with good friends and good food – what better way to ring in the summer solstice right? I had a gorgeous sangria-filled Saturday with my good friends, relaxing on their beautiful balcony located beside Kensington Market and overlooking a gorgeous view of the city. Then on Friday, I took the GO Train down for an unexpected visit from a friend who was in town for a concert – naturally we caught up with lots of drinks and a visit to Toronto's entertainment district. I'm loving how busy I am this time of year!
Speaking of staying busy and entertaining, I really have to say that I love these Grilled Harissa Shrimp Bowls with Orzo. They're the perfect crowd-friendly meal and will definitely make the best use of your BBQ this summer. And they're kind of like the perfect hybrid between pasta salad and grilled kabobs.
Orzo is just the definition of a light summer meal to me. I mean, I know it's technically a pasta shape and it's pretty carb heavy but I'd like to believe it's just as light as quinoa or rice. There are no heavy sauces or oils that overpower these Grilled Harissa Shrimp & Orzo Bowls so you'll feel amazing after eating so many veggies even if you're eating a bunch of carbs. 😉
I'm a bit late to the harissa party, but I'm glad I finally discovered this delicious, Moroccan red pepper sauce. I've made a twist on my favourite marinade for shrimp skewers, and it is so easy that you'll find yourself making it multiple times this year.
Have you ever tried grilling an avocado before? I've been so inspired reading all the summer editions of my favourite food magazines and unsurprisingly, there are BBQ recipes everywhere. However, I feel like it's easy to get into a rut very quickly during BBQ season. You end up making the same old hamburger a dozen times, or tend to throw together the same vegetable packets over and over out of habit. Why not try a grill bowl with grilled everything right?
Like many of my recipes, you can feel free to switch up the vegetables used or even the protein – if you're not a fan of shrimp I would highly recommend trying my Tequila-Citrus marinated chicken for this bowl. It's delicious when cooked on the BBQ!