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Recipe for Optional Seafood Pasta Salad

Updated on October 17, 2016
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Susan enjoys sharing her "optional" recipes because you can tweak them in many delicious ways to match your taste. Enjoy!!

Optional Seafood Pasta Salad is an easy main dish to throw together.
Optional Seafood Pasta Salad is an easy main dish to throw together. | Source

Summertime brings the cook out in me. My kids come for Sunday dinner each week, and they each have their own likes and dislikes, so I am an “optional” cook. Rarely do I use a recipe, and I love to use whatever is in the frig and in the cabinets.

I also make an Optional Cheese Ball and an Optional Veggie Salad (linked at bottom of this article). If you have checked into these recipes, you will see that I rarely measure with measuring spoons or cups. Instead, I measure by taste. After all, we each have our own distinct preferences.

Cook and Chill Time

Prep time: 2 hours 45 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 3 hours 30 min
Yields: Serves 10 - 12 People

What do you think of my Optional Seafood Pasta Salad?

5 stars from 4 ratings of Easy Seafood Pasta Salad

Ingredients for Optional Seafood Pasta Salad

  • Box or Bag Pasta, I like the multi-color multi-grain
  • Package Shrimp Scampi
  • Package Crab Meat
  • To taste Black Olives, sliced
  • To taste Green Olives, sliced
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Orange Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 2 stalks Celery, chopped
  • Whole Sweet Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Bag Frozen Sweet Snap Peas
  • 3-4 tablespoons or to taste Olive Oil Mayonnaise
  • To taste Powdered Garlic
  • To taste Garlic Salt
  • To taste Italian Seasoning
  • To taste Creole Seasoning
Use whatever choice of vegetables you want.
Use whatever choice of vegetables you want. | Source
You may use Shrimp Scampi, or make it easier by using thawed boiled shrimp.
You may use Shrimp Scampi, or make it easier by using thawed boiled shrimp. | Source

Instructions for Optional Seafood Pasta Salad

  1. Chop all vegetables. I love my Cuisinart Ceramic Knives for chopping. Remember, these ingredients are optional so you can add or delete any you choose.
  2. Boil pasta until cooked then drain - splash with oil and spring with seasonings.
  3. While pasta is boiling prepare frozen Shrimp Scampi by placing in skillet for 5 minutes or as directed on package. (You may choose frozen boiled shrimp - my family loves the garlic and butter flavor of Shrimp Scampi, though.)
  4. Spoon shrimp into cooked pasta
  5. Completely optional: With the hot Shrimp Scampi drippings in pan, saute veggies for 2 - 3 minutes. (I usually do not saute the olives, but you can do so and it will not make a difference.) OR - just add raw, chopped veggies.
  6. Fold in sauteed veggies (I do not drain the drippings) and olives to pasta mixture
  7. Add crab meat and frozen peas
  8. Add mayonnaise (or maybe you prefer Miracle Whip or a balsamic vinegar dressing) and seasonings until you are pleased with the taste
  9. Let set in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving. It is even better the next day if you want to make it the night before you plan to serve it.

Go the Optional Way

As you can see, with this recipe you could go in many directions. If you like spicy, which some days I do, you could add a finely chopped jalapeno or spicy banana pepper.

I season to taste, and my family loves lots of garlic!

I love going the optional way because it can be different each time I create the salad.

The Optional Seafood Salad can feed a large group, or you can make it and eat it the next day or as leftovers. You can adjust your recipe to suit the number of people served.

Bon Appetite!


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    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, Elsie! I hope you enjoy it! It marinates so well when you don't eat it all. HA!! It really is good to the last shrimp and noodle! Enjoy!

      Thank you for dropping by!! :-)

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Love seafood and pasta so what better than the two combine.

      Will be trying this for sure. Thanks.

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hi Frog, Stephanie, Alpha, and Dianna! Thanks so much for reading! I hope you get to try the recipe and enjoy eating it!! :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Glad to read one of your articles once again. Now, this is a recipe I could eat daily. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kevin W 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I'm a big pasta eater and this looks absolutely delicious sholland10. I will definitely be giving thisrecipe a try. thumbs up on your hub.

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      5 years ago from USA

      This looks delicious! Pasta salad is something I make often, but haven't thought to do it with shrimp-- now I will with the fresh shrimp that is easy to get and delicious here in North Carolina. Your photo has activated my taste buds! :)

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      The Frog Prince 

      5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Sounds refreshing and good summer time change up.

      The Frog Prince

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Susan, it is deee- licious!! So much so that last night I left for dinner with my girlfriends and came home to find D and his friend had eaten the rest of it. I was so disappointed! I wanted it today!! Grrrr!

      Deborah, we make the salad with just crab many times. I just happened to have some in the freezer this time. Run with whatever you have on hand. It is going to be delicious!!! :-)

      Thanks for dropping by!!

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      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      I have some leftover crab meat in the refrigerator and was wondering what to do with it. I think I will use it to make a variation of this salad (minus the shrimp scampi since I don't have any). Thanks for the idea!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This looks deee- li-cious!

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, everyone! It really is easy and delicious! And, oh yeah, very "optional." :-)

      Thanks for dropping by!!

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      5 years ago from Malaysia

      Easy recipe to follow and looks good as well!

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Sounds and looks scrumptious! :)

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      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      This looks really good. I can't help but think how my dad would have loved something like this. Great recipe with great instructions SH!

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      JR Krishna 

      5 years ago from India

      Wow! It looks so beautiful. I feel like eating it instantly. I love prawns

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      This looks wonderful!!

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      Dr. John Anderson 

      5 years ago from Australia on Planet Water

      Fabulous recipe. I'll give it a try.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      This looks so delicious and perfect for a hot summer day (or any other day). Pinned and will definitely be trying this out soon.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      That looks scrumptious. The ingredients have my mouth watering. My pasta salad is weak compared to what you have here. It looks great for the summer potluck. Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm sharing with others.

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      5 years ago from Florida


      That got my attention not only does it looks delicious; but the blend of the colorful ingredients makes it an eye-popping winner for a pool party.


      Bobbi Purvis

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      Sima Ballinger 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Sounds awesome and filling too. I will have to try this, and I love the "easy" part. Looks amazing too! Would make a nice YouTube video.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      If I could bite the picture on the article I would...that's how good it looks. Good to see you back. Summer and I hope you are rested and refreshed my friend.


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