Lime-Shrimp Avocado Pasta Salad Recipe -
Lime-Shrimp Avocado Pasta Salad Recipe
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Lime-Shrimp Avocado Pasta Salad

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"A fresh springtime pasta salad perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    8 hrs 35 mins


  1. Marinate shrimp overnight with 1/4 cup lime juice in a large bowl covered with plastic wrap. Drain shrimp.
  2. Heat shrimp in a microwave-safe bowl until they are bright pink on the outside, about 6 minutes. Allow shrimp to cool.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook cellentani in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 12 minutes. Drain, then rinse with cold water until cool.
  4. Mix shrimp, pasta, avocados, grape tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro in a bowl.
  5. Whisk olive oil, 1/4 cup lime juice, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, salt, and black pepper in a bowl until dressing is well mixed.
  6. Pour dressing over shrimp mixture; toss to coat. Chill before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 09, 2012

This recipe caught my eye in the newly published recipes last week, I just knew by all the ingredients that it was one I wanted to try out. I bought all the ingredients but didn't realize until I went to make it that I never read the cooking instructions. So here I was the day of serving the meal and had everything in front of me and was determined to make this work. Since I already blew the overnight marinating, I only marinated the shrimp in the juice for a couple hours, and added some extra spices that were called for in the pasta dressing. I just could not bring myself to nuke my shrimp, and thought the overnight marinating might be an important step to that method of cooking. I could have cooked the shrimp on the stove top but my grill lovin husband skewered them and threw them on the gas grill, basting in the marinade. Once the shrimp was cooled down I tossed all the ingredients together except for the avocado and let it sit a couple hours in the fridge to marry. I Added the avocado right before serving. The dressing was good, sort of tangy but went well with the other ingredients. We really did like it and thought it was a great summer nights dinner, of course the hubs said some bacon bits would really take it over the top, him and his bacon. Thanks Mandy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 01, 2013

I used pre-cooked shrimp and marinated the shrimp for a short time in lime juice. I also sliced the tomatoes so they would blend in a little better. My family didn't care for this, but I thought it was okay. Overall, we all thought it was too limey, and the ingredients just didnt seem to mesh well.


7 Ratings

Jun 10, 2012

This is a GREAT recipe! I have to agree with Sherri below that I can not bring myself to microwave shrimp but I know it comes out fine the time we did do it. One other thing you can do to make this a killer seafood pasta is to add bay shrimp to it as well as the shrimp also cut the cherry tomatoes in 1/2 or 1/4 to allow the marinade to get down in the tomatoes as well.

Jul 22, 2012

I thought this was good but not outstanding. I was amazed that the shrimp got really tough after a couple days of refrigeration. I bought precooked shrimp and simply took off the tails and marinated them. Anyone know why they got tough? Maybe the marinade made them tough?

Aug 17, 2012

easy, simple and great taste! I don't often rate recipes but this was winner even with using what I had on hand which was precooked frozen shrimp and powdered garlic so next time I will take the time to make completely by the recipe! Oh and I used gluten free pasta ;-)

Mar 14, 2014

I only had time to marinate for about 45 min, and served warm. Just fine.


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  • Calories
  • 559 kcal
  • 28%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 55.7 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 173 mg
  • 58%
  • Fat
  • 25.8 g
  • 40%
  • Fiber
  • 9.4 g
  • 38%
  • Protein
  • 28.7 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 222 mg
  • 9%

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

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