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Shrimp Pasta Salad

Shrimp Pasta Salad

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 ot 8 1x


This shrimp pasta salad recipe is creamy and irresistible! Full of crunchy veggies and herbs, this retro favorite hits the spot in summer.


  • 12 ounces small cooked salad shrimp, thawed (find in the frozen section)*
  • 8 ounces medium shell pasta (about 3 cups dry pasta)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 celery ribs, finely diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (or 2 teaspoon dried dill)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning (or additional 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt)


  1. Thaw the cooked salad shrimp (run cold water over the shrimp for 5 minutes, then shake them dry*).
  2. Start a pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until it is just al dente. Start tasting a few minutes before the package recommends: you want it to be tender but still a little firm on the inside; usually around 7 to 8 minutes. In the last 1 minute, add the peas. Drain the pasta and peas, then rinse with cold water until they are room temperature or cold. 
  3. Chop the celery, red pepper, and green onion. Chop the fresh dill.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, kosher salt, and Old Bay. Add the drained pasta and peas, shrimp, and chopped vegetable and dill. If time, chill for at least 1 hour, but you can also serve immediately. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 3 days: before eating, allow to come to room temperature. You may want to add a swirl of mayo or sour cream and a pinch of salt to refresh the texture and flavor. 


*Salad shrimp is very small shrimp that comes shelled, cooked and frozen. Look for it in the frozen section in your local grocery store. Can’t find it? Use shrimp that is as small as possible, then cook it according to How to Boil Shrimp, using a cook time of about 1 minute. Make sure to cook any type shrimp that is not salad shrimp!

  • Category: Pasta Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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