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Pasta Shrimp Salad

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Shrimp Pasta Salad is a quick and easy, tasty, seafood salad that’s great as a side dish or as a main course for those hot summer nights!

Updated: May 8, 2024

Shrimp Pasta Salad in a clamshell dish with fresh lemon slices.

I have to admit it… not going to lie… I’m pooped! Between the heat, gardening and a hundred little things going on… I’m just plum worn out!

There’s no “Yee” in my “Haw”!  I also feel like a dog chasing his tail and getting nowhere fast! Ever have one of those weeks? Whew! Bring on the weekend!

One thing I did manage to do this week was prepare this Yummy Shrimp Salad.

I usually try to prepare a few salads that I know I can use throughout the week for lunches.  Mr. Nest goes to work early, and I love him SO much that I get up and pack his lunches for him. (I know right?) So, it is really nice to have a big bowl of this salad in the fridge. 

Here’s what you’ll need to make my favorite Shrimp Salad.

  • 1 cup finely grated carrots (about one large carrot)
  • ¾ cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green onion
  • 2 cups, or 2 (4 ounce) bags frozen, thawed, Wild Caught Salad Shrimp cooked, and peeled. I purchase mine from Kroger/Smith’s Food and Drug.
  • 1 (16 ounce) package of small pasta shells, cooked al Dente and drained
  • 1½ cups mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Shrimp Pasta Salad Ingredients on a counter top.

When I created this recipe I used simple ingredients I had on hand…grated carrots, chopped celery, red onion and canned baby shrimp.

I’ve updated this recipe since I first created it, and love the improvements. A simple swap of green onions for the red onions suits this salad better. The dressing has also been updated using Old Bay to the mayonnaise.

The biggest change is that I now use thawed frozen wild caught “salad shrimp”. They hold their shape better than canned shrimp and have a meatier texture.

In a large bowl, add the cooked pasta, shrimp, shredded carrots, celery, and onion.

Shrimp Salad ingredients in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, combine 1½ cups of mayonnaise, Old bay seasoning, and lemon juice.

PRO-TIP: I highly recommend real mayonnaise in this salad and NOT Miracle Whip! (For the love of all that’s holy, please do not use Miracle Whip! It’s too sweet for this salad.)

Mix until smooth and creamy! If you really like, you can add more Old Bay seasoning to the dressing for a stronger flavor. Keep in mind you will be adding salt and pepper to taste as well.

Salad dressing ingredients in a bowl next to the bowl with the seafood salad ingredients.

Add the Old Bay dressing to the pasta and shrimp. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Stir until well combined. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or overnight.

Adding dressing to pasta and shrimp salad.

Before serving, give the salad a good stir.

I love serving this salad with my Smash Burgers or Grilled Tri-Tip for a little taste of “surf and turf”.

Shrimp Pasta salad in serving bowls.

This salad is so good! It’s not bogged down with a ton of “add-ins” that bury the star of the show…the Shrimp! It doesn’t need all that fluffy stuff. Just good down home ingredients that you’re likely to have on hand in your pantry!

You can use larger shrimp…but I love the budget friendliness of the small salad shrimp! Generally about $2.00 a 4 ounce bag. Hooray for the little guys!

Shrimp Salad in a large bowl with lemon garnish.

This salad works great as a side dish, but don’t limit it to just a “side”…it also makes a wonderful main dish for those hot summer days! I love to keep salads like this on hand during the week for a quick lunch!

Whether you’re making this as a side dish, or a main dish, if you love shrimp, you’re sure to love this easy salad!


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Yield: 12 servings

Pasta Shrimp Salad

Shrimp Pasta salad in serving bowls.

A simple yet delicious Pasta Shrimp Salad. Perfect for summertime lunches or as a side dish. Enjoy!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots - about 1 carrot
  • ¾ cup Chopped Celery
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green onion
  • 2 (4 ounce) bags frozen Wild Caught Salad Shrimp-rinsed and drained
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag of small pasta shells, cooked al Dente
  • 1 ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • Coarse Black Pepper and Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice


  1. Place the washed and rinsed shrimp, cooked pasta shells, shredded carrots, chopped celery and green onion in a large bowl.
  2. Place Mayonnaise, Old Bay seasoning, salt, pepper and lemon juice in a small bowl. Mix until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients, stir to combine.
  3. Place in a covered bowl and chill for 2 hours or overnight.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 383mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

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Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

Love this salad. Thank you.

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Thursday 30th of June 2016

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Friday 17th of June 2016

Chris would LOVE this!! I am going to make for him to enjoy. Thanks again for sharing an awesome recipe.

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Saturday 18th of June 2016

You are so welcome! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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