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Mom's Shrimp Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Mom's Shrimp Macaroni Salad

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"My mom's unusual salad has been popular with friends and family for many years. This salad calls for a lot of ingredients but is worth the effort. If possible, use pickle juice instead of the vinegar."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    3 hrs 30 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the macaroni and let it cook until al dente; drain well.
  2. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine onion, bell pepper, celery, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, ketchup, pickle juices, horseradish, hot pepper sauce, parsley, celery seed, chili powder, salt, black pepper and shrimp. Fold the macaroni into the mixture. Cover and chill at least 3 hours before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 24, 2004

Great salad. I always find that macaroni salads become dry after awhile. So I always add some sour cream with the mayo. The sour cream does not soak into the macaroni like the mayo does.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 21, 2003

I was not impressed. Maybe it would have been better with a "tweeking" of the ingredients but I didn't like it enough to try it again. If I did I would put in more horseradish next time.

Jun 21, 2003

My family and I are all from New Orleans and we love seafood any which way you can cook it, and this was the best cold salad I have made or tasted. I brought some to my parents and my grandmother who is 87,(and very picky)No One cooks better than granny you know...She loved it!! I will make this again and again...It really is terrific!!

Dec 01, 2003

I made this recipe for a spring barn party and it was a great hit. You may want to cut back on the horseradish if kids will be eating this salad. I used a fancier macaroni as an eye catcher. Will make this recipe again, no doubt!

Jul 14, 2003

Great for families who are not used to really bold tastes. I think kids who like shrimp will like this. I added a bit of lime juice to the shrimp before mixing with the rest of the salad. I also added the lime zest!

Jun 06, 2007

Very good, left out pickle relish, ketchup, horseradish, but added old bay in place of chili powder also I added a little mustard some cheese and eggs. I think next time I will try the horseradish just to see if I like the flavor in the salad because I love horseradish. End result was basic, but still very good, can't wait for lunch today, because it has been chilling all night. I always believe salads like this are better the next day as the flavors have a chance to come together and the pasta has had a chance to chill. OH!!! I ALSO USED LARGER SHRIMP 31/40 COUNT INSTEAD OF SALAD SHRIMP.

May 20, 2012

My partner does not like horseradish or pickle relish but he loved this and asked afterwards if I was going to be making it again! I did baulk a little at the thought of all the processed sauces going into the dish but it did taste very nice and tangy. Next time however I'll leave the prawns on the side rather than mixing them in with the salad.

May 26, 2007

We tried this recipie and we were pleasantly surprised because some of the ingredients were not flavors that we normally use.


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  • Calories
  • 221 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.6 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 16.8 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 3.6 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 243 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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