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Shrimp and Pasta Shell Salad Recipe
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Shrimp and Pasta Shell Salad

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"When I want to make a macaroni salad just a little bit extra-special, nothing does the trick like some small, sweet shrimp. This is one of my favorite summer salads, and it's oh-so-easy."

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  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins
  • READY IN

    2 hrs 35 mins

Directions

  1. Whisk 1 1/4 cup mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl; add lemon juice and 1/3 cup chopped dill. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate.
  2. Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil and stir in pasta shells; cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool pasta slightly; drain again. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Toss shrimp with pasta; add red bell pepper, celery, and dressing to pasta and shrimp. Mix thoroughly to coat and fill shells with dressing. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Stir salad again before serving and season to taste with more salt, black pepper, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper if desired. If salad seems a little dry, mix in a little more mayonnaise. Garnish with paprika and sprigs of dill.
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • Salt the pasta water until it tastes like seawater.
  • Small shrimp are about 100 per pound.
  • You can add chopped onion, capers, olives, and bacon and use as a base for grilled salmon.
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Reviews More Reviews

Jul 23, 2013

I like this recipe but I omit the ketchup and dill and add 2 tablespoons of seafood cocktail sauce...I like the taste of the horseradish in the cocktail sauce...

 
Aug 21, 2013

Loved it - Every recipe of Chef John's is a hit. Sprinkled parmigiana on top - even better.

 
Jul 19, 2013

Best ever shrimp and pasta salad.

 
May 24, 2014

This was the best shrimp salad I have ever made. I followed the recipe exactly and added about a 1/2 cup of thawed frozen peas. I will make this again.

 
Jan 10, 2015

The juice of a whole lemon??? I don't think so. I used 2T of fresh lemon juice, and then added 1T sugar, more mayo, and sour cream to tone down the tart taste of the lemon. I also added chopped sweet onion. Was out of cayenne, so used 5-pepper blend. The recipe calls for 1/3 C. chopped dill. 1/4 C. of chopped fresh dill is more than enough. Depending on preference, add peas, bacon pieces, or even chopped hard boiled egg. Good recipe.

 
Oct 07, 2013

We really enjoyed this salad. I halved the recipe and two of us nearly ate all of it for dinner. I followed another's suggestion and instead of ketchup and dill I subbed cocktail sauce. I wish I'd added peas too but will next time. I used frozen cooked shrimp which I cut into bite sized pieces. Delicious! I will be making this again.

 
May 28, 2014

I made this for memorial day weekend and it went over with a bang. In fact, any leftovers were eaten by my boyfriend before I had a chance to have some the next day! I didn't change a thing and it was delicious.

 
Oct 05, 2013

Awesome taste. I added a half cup of thawed frozen peas for a little more veggieness. Yum.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 451 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.8 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 99 mg
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 28.8 g
  • 44%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 15.4 g
  • 31%
  • Sodium
  • 693 mg
  • 28%

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

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