Jambalaya Salad Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Jambalaya Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Jambalaya Salad

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"This is a New Orleans-style salad with shrimp, ham, bacon, rice, and Creole seasonings."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in the rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
  2. While the rice is cooking, place bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until evenly brown. Drain, cool, and crumble.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the cooked rice, crumbled bacon, shrimp, ham, bell pepper, celery, onion, and tomatoes.
  4. Prepare the dressing by whisking together the salad dressing, thyme, chili powder, garlic, and salt. Pour over rice mixture, and toss to coat. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator until serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 21, 2004

I just returned from a family reunion, and wanted to say thank you for this recipe. It received more rave reviews and recipe requests than any other dish there. I did take the advice of several earlier postings, and substituted frozen shrimp and cajun seasoning rather than the canned shrimp and regular salt. I also made one other substitution - I used pasta rather than rice. I realize that this is a rather large change, but the 8 ounces of penne pasta made for a wonderful pasta salad. I can assure you that I will be making this again in the future. Thanks again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 06, 2003

I wasn't happy at all with this salad. Too salty.

Aug 11, 2005

I really liked this salad. My hubby wants more meat next time. I did use frozen shrimp as others recommended. I used more spices than in the recipe such as red pepper,Old Bay seasoning, and more minced garlic. I like the flavor of this salad at room temp. better than cold. Next time I make it I am going to add more cooked bacon right before serving. I don't like soggy bacon.

Sep 07, 2002

In the time it took the bacon and rice to cook I had all of the veggies chopped and the dressing put together. And most of the ingredients are things most of us keep on had so it added less than $5 (for the shrimp) to my grocery bill. And best of all it was a big hit at out Mardi Gras pot luck. Thanks for sharing. I will make this one again and again.

Jan 17, 2003

This was really good and nice and spicy, but be warned! If you go the store and buy everything you need for this recipe, you'll spend like forty dollars! Also, it was pretty exhausting chopping everything. This recipe would be a good group project.

Oct 02, 2003

Great recipe, followed the advice of other reviewers and used kielbasa instead of ham, and instead of plain old salt used Zatarans creole seasoning. Make sure you use long grain rice, I forgot to get it and used short grain, the rice turned out a little mushy, still tasted good. I think washing the rice would have helped too. Oh well, next time this won't be a problem for me.

Jul 14, 2003

We are from the south and my husbands family is from the low country. This salad was unique but everyone loved it even my picky 13 year old. Will be putting this in my book for future use.

May 20, 2007

This salad is awesome! As others suggested, I used fresh shrimp, kielbasa, and substituted 1/2 t. Zatarans Cajun Seasoning for the salt. I also used red pepper instead of green, and added green onion and chopped baby carrot for color. We'll be having this a lot more!


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  • Calories
  • 280 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.3 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 64 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 14 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 13.8 g
  • 28%
  • Sodium
  • 981 mg
  • 39%

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

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