Shrimp Pasta Salad

I’ve been on a nostalgia kick lately with recipes. I think the last 2 or 3 recipes were based on my Grandma Betty’s cooking. She was a great home cook and I loved spending time in the kitchen with her. This simple shrimp pasta salad was a classic meal she made for lunch when I would visit. The recipe is simple, but she always served it on a platter surround by sliced tomatoes and olives. She was all about the presentation and she definitely had a big influence on my love of entertaining and cooking.

bowl of shrimp and pasta with fresh herbs

I’ve changed the recipe up a bit over the years. I make this in the summer a lot when it’s too hot to have the oven on. My herb garden is typically thriving that time of year, so I love to add fresh herbs to this Shrimp Salad. It really brightens the flavor.

white bowl filled with pasta and shrimp

Also, if I’m honest my Grandma made this with Miracle Whip, but no one in my family will touch the stuff. I’ve switched that out to Mayo and I’ve been making it for years that way. My fave mayo is Duke’s but any brand will do.

white bowl with striped napkin filled with pasta and shrimp

I also add a bit of lemon juice, because you can never go wrong with lemon and shrimp. The acid punches up the recipe a bit too.

white bowl filled with pasta salad with shrimp and fresh herbs

She liked to serve this shrimp pasta salad with fruit, and fresh bread. It makes a great side dish with grilled steaks or burgers too.

bowl of shrimp and pasta with fresh herbs

Shrimp Pasta Salad

Cold marinated shrimp pasta salad with herbs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course light lunch, main dish, pasta salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 384 kcal


  • 2 c cooked shrimp If using large shrimp cut into bit size pieces
  • 1/3 c french dressing
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 c mayo
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 8 oz farfalle pasta
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill diced
  • 1 tbsp chives diced


  • In a medium sized bowl add cooked shrimp and french dressing. Let marinate several hours in the fridge.
  • Cook the pasta, drain well, and rinse with cold water.
  • In a large bowl add the mayo, celery, lemon juice, sugar, chives, and dill. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the pasta and the marinated shrimp. Mix well.
  • Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!


Calories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 12gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 595mgPotassium: 189mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 261IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg
Keyword pasta salad, Shrimp pasta salad
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I’m so looking forward to warm sunny summer days and serving this shrimp pasta salad. If you are serving a crowd this is a great addition to a lunch buffet. I like to do a buffet menu of chicken salad, shrimp salad, fruit, veggies and dip for an easy light lunch.

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