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Pasta Shrimp Salad

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

Pasta Shrimp Salad

I have to admit it… not going to lie… I’m pooped! Between babysitting Baby “B” this week so that her parents could take a weekend trip to celebrate their anniversary, 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. 

How To Make Pasta Shrimp Salad

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

Shrimp Salad Veggies

I love color when cooking! So pretty and so appetizing.

Since I was making a shrimp salad it only seemed fitting to use the small pasta shells. I love them. They always remind me when I was little girl gathering the small seashells on the beaches in San Diego.

I use one can of tiny shrimp for this salad. If you want it really “shrimpy” (is that even a word?) You could use two cans. I have to be honest…most of my recipes are pretty flexible. (I may not be but…my recipes are! Lol)

Shrimp Pasta Salad with shell noodles

Add cracked black pepper and salt to taste! Can you tell I’m a HUGE fan of cracked coarse black pepper? I believe if you are going to have pepper…let’s taste it! Let’s not be a pansy about it!

Add a touch of lemon juice and a big heaping spoonful of mayo! MAYONNAISE. Miracle Whip is evil and from the devil! (I guess we all know where my flexibility ends!) If my grandmother had one flaw…it was her love of…gag… Miracle Whip! (I’m sitting here convulsing!) 

Mix it all together and chill for about 2 hours.

Before serving sprinkle with some paprika. Ta-da! You’re finished!

Pasta Shrimp Salad with Paprika

This salad is so good! It doesn’t have a huge complexity of flavors. Just pure simple ingredients. Which allows the shrimp shine through.

It’s creamy and comforting. The tiny shrimp tend to fall apart as you fold all the ingredients together and that’s Okie Dokie! You want shrimp to be the star of this salad! It is…after all… Shrimp Salad! Hooray for the little guys!

Favorite Pasta Salad Recipes

You know what would go great with this? A nice tall glass of my Triple Berry Lemonade! Yuuuummmm! Now I’m hungry for lunch!


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Yield: 12 servings

Pasta Shrimp Salad

Pasta Shrimp Salad

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 Shredded Carrots
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Red Onion
  • 1 can Tiny Shrimp
  • 5 cups cooked small Pasta Shells (or one package of shells cooked)
  • 1 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • Coarse Black Pepper and Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Sprinkle of Paprika


  1. Place the shredded carrots, chopped celery and red onion in a large bowl. Cook your pasta shells till Al dente and rinse. Add to the vegetables. Drain the can tiny shrimp. Add the shrimp to the pasta and vegetables. Add in the Mayonnaise, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Gently stir till all ingredients are mixed well. Place in covered bowl and chill for 2 hours. When ready to serve sprinkle with paprika.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 243mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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Thursday 30th of June 2016

[…] For sides to go with those awesome ribs how about those amazing Parmesan potatoes or the Shrimp Salad. […]


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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