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Shrimp and Pasta Salad

Updated on January 28, 2015

A Delicious Pasta Salad Recipe

Shrimp and Pasta Salad is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I make it frequently, especially during the summer months and the winter holidays. This delicious salad is always a big hit with family and friends.

There is a secret ingredient in this shrimp and pasta salad which makes it stand out above the rest. It is so good that you cannot substitute anything for it. Sometimes this ingredient is not readily available in certain areas and may have to be ordered. Let me tell you though, it is worth it and one container lasts a long time. This pasta salad with shrimp would not be the same without it.

The secret ingredient is Old Bay Seasoning. One container lasts a long time for Shrimp and Pasta Salad and so many other seafood recipes, even fried chicken.


Shrimp and Pasta Salad

Easy and delicious for any occasion!


8 oz. pasta, cooked (any type of pasta will do!)

1 lb. medium shrimp. steamed or boiled and shelled

1 cup mayonnaise

1 green pepper, chopped

1/2 red onion, chopped

1-2 tbls. Old Bay, to taste


Combine all ingredients and let chill for 2 hours. Serves 6-8.

Old Bay..also use as a seasoning for...

-Fried Chicken




Simple and Elegant Salad and Pasta Hands - Perfect for serving Shrimp and Pasta Salad as well as other salad and pasta dishes!

These attractive Salad and Pasta Hands are finely handcrafted of light and dark Moso bamboo.


Boiled Shrimp

Best cooked shrimp for Shrimp and Pasta Salad!

12 oz. beer, any brand

1/4 cup vinegar

1 tsp. celery seed

1 tbls. Old Bay

1 lb. fresh or frozen shrimp, shell on

Bring first four ingredients to a boil, add shrimp. Boil 5-10 minutes. Drain, peel and eat.

Note: Use in Shrimp and Pasta Salad

Tip for leftover shrimp (if you have any!)

Serve Boiled Shrimp as an appetizer with cocktail sauce.


Quick Cocktail Sauce


1/2 cup ketchup

1 tbls. prepared horseradish

1 tbls. chili sauce

1 tbls. worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients. Serve chilled with boiled shrimp.

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I love Shrimp and Pasta Salad so much

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Serving Bowls for Shrimp and Pasta Salad - These will definitely show off your salad!

Variations for Shrimp and Pasta Salad

Let's change it up a bit!

-Add chopped tomato or celery

-Substitute chopped cucumber instead of the green pepper

-Use light mayonnaise for a lowfat salad

-Serve in lettuce cups as an appetizer

Make Your Own Pasta

So Easy!

Fill lettuce leaves with

Shrimp and Pasta Salad

for an elegant appetizer!

Homemade Mayonnaise

Great in Shrimp and Pasta Salad!

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5

Total Time: 10

Serves: 14


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tbls lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil


  1. Combine egg yolk, lemon juice, mustard and salt in a food processor or blender. Blend 1 minute. Add a slow stream of canola oil to mixture, until the mayonnaise thickens. Store in refrigerator.
  2. Please note for safety reasons that this recipe contains raw egg.
Cast your vote for Homemade Mayonnaise


Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the water when boiling pasta to keep it from sticking together.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 4

Try another shrimp and pasta dish! - Shrimp and Linguine in Wine Sauce

  • 8 oz. linguine cooked
  • 1 1/2 tbls. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbls. lemon juice
  • 1 lb. shrimp peeled/deveined
  • 2 tbls. butter
  • 1 tbls. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. In a large skillet, lightly saute garlic in olive oil.
  2. Add wine, chicken broth and lemon juice.
  3. Simmer about 15 minutes.
  4. Add shrimp, butter, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and salt.
  5. Saute until shrimp is cooked through.
  6. Add linguine and stir.
  7. Place on serving dish and top with grated Parmesan.

Americans consume 1 billion pounds

of shrimp every year!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love Old Bay. My kitchen is never without it. Having grown up on Maryland crabs, Old Bay was used as often as salt and pepper.

      I love seafood - especially shellfish - and pasta. I combine the two all the time. After reading this post, I'll have to make better use of Old Bay. I do use it when boiling crabs and shrimp. It also works well as a dip if you want to cut back on butter.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This looks really good, am very hungry at the moment! yum!

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      I love seafood and I love pasta but I've never combined the two. Why not? I don't know but I'm going to put that right!

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      Angela Hobbs 4 years ago from The TARDIS

      must try this out, thanks

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      your shrimp n pasta recipes sound really simple and tasty. Plus there is very little cooking involved so it won't heat up the kitchen. I've had shrimp n pasta salads before and found them to be quite appetizing and pleasing. Your secret spice will have to try. Thank You for visiting my Easy Rumaki Appetizer Recipe lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I appreciate it. Hope you will try to enjoy the rumaki appetizers when you can. Bon Appetit!

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      These recipes sound super good! We are making shrimp scampi for dinner...yum.

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Shrimp, pasta, and loads of garlic! One of my favorite dishes :)

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Sounds yummy!

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      I love shrimp, and your salads look delicious.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Thanks. These recipes sound wonderful!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      This sounds really good - thanks for a new recipe! :>)

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I have never tried shrimp and pasta salad, but it sounds good!

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      @anonymous: Thanks Tipi!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Good to visit this yummy lens again, I do love shrimp and pasta. Um, um, um! - Posted this to Facebook this time. :)

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. You've made me hungry, though. Thanks for your good article!

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      This llooks tasty!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Salads are always great.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I love shrimp salads, so will be giving your recipe a try.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      Recipes look tempting.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      This sounds marvelous - perfect for a summer evening!

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      Stephanie 5 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Sounds yummy!

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      Johanna Eisler 6 years ago

      I absolutely love shrimp! Old Bay Seasoning is a staple in my kitchen. Thank you for such a tasty lens!

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      mary lighthouse15 6 years ago

      i love good food. thanks for sharing!

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      I make shrimp pasta salad a lot, but have never made it with Old Bay, yet I use Old Bay for many other things. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will have to try this the next time. I make a shrimp pasta salad.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Ah, I have been known to bring a shrimp and pasta salad to get-togethers. Love making this recipe.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love shrimps and love pasta. What a delightful combo! :)

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      We love shrimps and often eat it, especially while spending our long summers at our summer house on the Croatian coast. We have a friend who lives there and has a big fishing boat so we get all the see food fresh whenever he has some. And shrimps are there too:) Great recipes you have here, thanks.

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thank you for your wonderful compliments. They are greatly appreciated! In Maryland, Old Bay is a staple seasoning. It's not only used on seafood (steamed crabs mostly) but also on french fires and potato chips!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Very nice. One of my family's favorites has always been macaroni salad. A few years ago we were invited to a picnic where the hostess had made macaroni salad with shrimp. Once I began to use shrimp, my family insisted on having macaroni salad that way always.

      I've never tried using Old Bay Seasoning, but bet it gives it a delicious flavor. I lived on the Georgia/South Carolina coast for several years where a 'Low Country Boil' is a standard fare. The shrimp part of the dish is always 'dusted' (liberally) with Old Bay Seasoning.

      You have a wonderful layout on this page. Very attractive and readable. Thanks for the recipes.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A shrimp and pasta salad is a perfect summer delight, I like the idea of adding celery or cucumber.

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      i love pasta salad.