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Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad

Are you ready to elevate your salad game with a tantalizing blend of flavors? Look no further than this Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad recipe.

This creamy seafood pasta salad recipe is a delightful combination of succulent shrimp, al dente pasta, and a creamy dressing that will transport your taste buds to a sunny beachside retreat. This salad is a hearty and refreshing summer salad delight!

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What makes this a healthy prawn salad?

Creamy prawn pasta salad is a healthy choice when prepared with nutritious ingredients and mindful cooking techniques. Let’s explore what makes makes this salad healthy option:

  1. Lean Protein: Prawns are a low-fat source of protein, packed with essential amino acids necessary for building and repairing tissues in the body. Protein helps keep you full and satisfied, making it beneficial for weight management.
  2. Whole Grains: Opting for whole grain pasta in your creamy prawn pasta salad adds dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and helps maintain a healthy digestive system. It also provides sustained energy and can help control blood sugar levels.
  3. Healthy Fats: While the creamy dressing adds richness and flavor to the salad, choosing healthier fat sources like olive oil or avocado oil can contribute to a well-balanced meal. These fats contain monounsaturated fats, which are heart-healthy and may help reduce bad cholesterol levels.
  4. Vegetable Medley: Incorporating a variety of colorful vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, spinach, or broccoli, adds vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to the dish. These nutrients support overall health, boost immunity, and protect against chronic diseases.

Why you’ll love this recipe

Let’s dive into the irresistible features of this prawn pasta salad. The star ingredient, plump and tender shrimp, brings a burst of oceanic freshness to every bite. The al dente pasta provides a satisfying texture and acts as the perfect canvas for the creamy dressing that coats each strand.

What sets this Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad recipe apart from the rest? The secret lies in the harmonious blend of flavors and textures. With the perfect balance of creaminess, tanginess, and a hint of freshness, this hearty salad will keep you coming back for seconds. It’s a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a light lunch, a refreshing side dish, or the star of a summer potluck.

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the myriad of benefits this summer salad brings. First, it’s incredibly easy to prepare, making it a convenient option for busy weeknights. Second, the combination of shrimp and pasta provides a protein-packed meal that will keep you energized throughout the day. Lastly, the refreshing flavors and vibrant colors of the salad make it a visual delight that will impress your guests at any gathering.

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To make a prawn pasta salad you will need

For the shrimp pasta salad

  • 3 cups cooked pasta
  • 1 lb shrimps peeled, deveined, and cooked
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper diced
  • 3 to 4 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the creamy salad dressing

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground paprika

For the full list of ingredients, and the printable recipe, be sure to check out the recipe card below.

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How do I make a creamy shrimp pasta salad?

Step 1: Make the creamy salad dressing by mixing all the ingredients mentioned under dressing.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl add cooked shrimps, cooked pasta, cucumber, red and yellow bell peppers, and celery.

Step 3: Add the salad dressing and carefully mix to combine. Adjust salt and pepper to preference.

Step 4: Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Step 5: Garnish with chopped parsley; Serve and enjoy!

Make this Creamy Prawn Pasta Salad recipe, then check out my Classic Tuna Pasta Salad, my Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad and more of my healthy pasta salad recipes.  

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TIPS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Read on for tips and substitution ideas on how to make this recipe, such as how to customize this salad, and how to store this salad.

Can I use frozen shrimp in a creamy shrimp pasta salad?

Yes, you can absolutely use frozen shrimp in a creamy shrimp pasta salad. Frozen shrimp is a convenient option and can be just as tasty as fresh shrimp when prepared properly.

To use frozen shrimp, follow these steps:

  1. Thaw the shrimp: Place the frozen shrimp in a colander and run cold water over them until they thaw completely. You can also thaw them overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Drain and pat dry: Once the shrimp are thawed, drain them well and pat them dry using paper towels. This helps remove excess moisture and ensures better texture in the salad.
  3. Cook the shrimp: Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a small amount of oil or butter. Cook the shrimp for a few minutes until they turn pink and opaque, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to overcook them, as they can become rubbery.
  4. Cool the shrimp: After cooking, transfer the shrimp to a plate or cutting board and let them cool slightly before adding them to the creamy shrimp pasta salad. This prevents the dressing from becoming too warm and thinning out.

By following these steps, you can successfully incorporate frozen shrimp into your creamy shrimp pasta salad and enjoy a delicious and convenient meal.

What are some variations or twists I can add to a traditional creamy shrimp pasta salad recipe?

When it comes to adding variations or twists to a traditional creamy shrimp pasta salad recipe, the possibilities are endless! Here are some creative ideas to enhance the flavors and customize your dish:

  1. Herb Infusion: Add a burst of freshness by incorporating chopped fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, or dill into the creamy dressing. It will lend a delightful herbal aroma and elevate the overall taste.
  2. Citrus Zest: Enhance the tangy flavors by adding a touch of citrus zest. Try grating some lemon, lime, or orange zest into the dressing for a refreshing and vibrant twist.
  3. Spice it Up: If you enjoy a bit of heat, consider adding a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the dressing. This will give your creamy shrimp pasta salad a spicy kick.
  4. Crunchy Texture: Introduce some texture contrast by tossing in ingredients like toasted pine nuts, sliced almonds, or crispy crumbled bacon. These additions will provide a delightful crunch to each bite.
  5. Cheese Please: Sprinkle some crumbled feta cheese, grated Parmesan, or shredded cheddar over the salad to add a savory and cheesy element. The creamy dressing will pair perfectly with the cheese flavors.
  6. Roasted Vegetables: Roast some seasonal vegetables like cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, or zucchini in the oven and mix them into the pasta salad. The roasted flavors will add depth and a hint of smokiness.
  7. Fresh Fruits: For a touch of sweetness, incorporate fruits like diced mango, juicy grapes, or segments of orange. Their natural sweetness will balance the creaminess and add a burst of fruity flavor.
  8. Different Pasta Shapes: Experiment with different pasta shapes such as bowtie, fusilli, or farfalle to give your salad a unique look and texture.

Feel free to mix and match these variations or create your own combinations to suit your taste preferences. With these twists, you can transform a traditional creamy shrimp pasta salad into a personalized culinary masterpiece.

How long can I store creamy shrimp pasta salad in the refrigerator?

Creamy shrimp pasta salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. However, it’s important to note a few considerations to ensure food safety and maintain the salad’s quality:

  1. Proper Storage: Store the creamy shrimp pasta salad in an airtight container to prevent air exposure and maintain freshness. Make sure the container is clean and suitable for refrigeration.
  2. Separate Dressing: If possible, store the creamy dressing separately from the pasta and shrimp. This helps to prevent the salad from becoming too soggy as the dressing may separate or get absorbed over time. You can mix them together just before serving.
  3. Seafood Freshness: If you are using cooked shrimp in the salad, ensure that the shrimp was fresh and properly cooked prior to preparation. This will help maintain the quality and safety of the shrimp during storage.
  4. Odor Absorption: Keep in mind that the creamy dressing and other ingredients in the salad may absorb odors from the refrigerator. If there are strong-smelling foods nearby, consider placing the container in a sealed bag or away from other pungent items.
  5. Quality Assessment: Before consuming the stored creamy shrimp pasta salad, visually inspect it for any signs of spoilage such as off odors, mold growth, or unusual discoloration. If you notice any of these, discard the salad.

Remember, it’s always best to consume any perishable food, including seafood, as soon as possible to ensure optimal freshness and flavor. If you’re unsure about the safety or quality of the salad, it’s recommended to err on the side of caution and discard it.

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Indulge in the ultimate summer delight with our Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad recipe and let the flavors transport you to a sunny beachside retreat. Whether you’re seeking a satisfying meal or a crowd-pleasing dish, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your culinary repertoire. So, grab your apron and get ready to embark on a culinary journey that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy!

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Tangy Blue Cheese Coleslaw

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More pasta salad recipes to try

  • Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad – Packed with protein-rich chicken, as well as flavorful mandarin oranges, vegetables and a tasty dressing, this salad is an easy way to nourish your body.
  • Pesto Caprese Pasta Salad – This pasta salad is loaded with your favorite pasta noodles, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella and tossed in the best tasty pesto! It’s such an easy dish and perfect for anytime of the year!
  • Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad – This delicious and easy Summer Pasta Salad is packed with fresh summer vegetables like fresh seasonal corn, radishes, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes straight from the Farmer’s Market or even from your garden – it’s coated with a simple dressing, making a tasty side dish.
Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad Recipe

Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Loaded with crunchy vegetables and tender juicy shrimps, this creamy shrimp pasta salad is easy and quick to make and it’s absolutely delicious. This refreshing summer salad can be made with only a few ingredients and it’s perfect for picnics and potlucks.

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 3 cups cooked pasta
  • 1 lb shrimps peeled, deveined, and cooked
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper diced
  • 3 to 4 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the creamy dressing:

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground paprika

Instructions

  1. To make the creamy salad dressing mix all the ingredients mentioned under dressing.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add cooked shrimps, cooked pasta, cucumber, red and yellow bell peppers, and celery.
  3. Add salad dressing and carefully mix to combine. Adjust salt and pepper to preference.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. Garnish with chopped parsley; Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • It is advisable to consume SHRIMP PASTA SALAD fresh. However, you can store the leftovers in an airtight container for 1 day in the refrigerator.
  • Freezing is not recommended.
  • I’ve used rotini pasta here but you can swap it with fusilli, or, penne, or any other pasta with deep grooves for holding the sauce.
  • I’ve used small bite-size shrimp in the recipe as it makes the salad easier to eat. But, you can also use larger shrimp that have been diced into bite-size pieces.
  • You can add or omit different ingredients in the salad as per your liking. For example – you can add veggies such as red or green onions, corn, jalapenos, etc. You can even add a tsp of old bay seasoning or Cajun seasoning for an added flavor.
  • You can use fresh or frozen shrimps (defrosted and dried). If using frozen shrimp just make sure to cook them or use the pre-cooked ones.

To cook shrimp: Fill a large pot with water, add salt, and bring it to a boil over high heat. Turn off the heat, add the shrimp and let them cook for 2-3 minutes or until they turn pink. Drain and set aside until cool.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 596Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 257mgSodium: 1503mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 33g

The provided nutrition information is an estimate and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information.

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