My mom threw this together for a family gathering one year at the last minute, and it is now the single most requested dish at every gathering...family or not! Wonderful shrimp and pasta salad that satisfies the carb crave and is healthier than some of the other options we have these days. Great for backyard barbecue with friends or a quiet dinner inside with family. Serve chilled. Add vinegar for an extra tang! Feel free to add olives, peppers, or whatever veggies you love. This recipe is very flexible and forgiving.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes; drain.

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  • Transfer warm macaroni into a large salad bowl and gently mix in celery, onion, cucumber, tomato, shrimp, and Italian salad dressing; refrigerate at least 1 hour (up to overnight for best flavor). Gently fold mayonnaise into salad and serve.

Cook's Note:

If you do not like celery, use celery seed.

Add a teaspoon of vinegar and mix to individual servings for an extra zing.

Nutrition Facts

528 calories; protein 9.5g 19% DV; carbohydrates 31.9g 10% DV; fat 41g 63% DV; cholesterol 55.5mg 19% DV; sodium 919.6mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2013
I only needed half the dressing that was called for. I also guess I was in a hurry and mixed the Italian dressing and mayo together and poured it all into the salad but that was fine and probably easier than waiting to add mayonnaise right before serving. I let the salad marinate for about four hours before eating. I liked the combination of Italian dressing (I used my own homemade) and mayo together I've never had a pasta salad that used both. I only had fresh shrimp so I just sauteed in butter with a bit of Old Bay garlic and parsley then let cool before adding to the salad. Of course I took the cook's advice and added in more veggies bell peppers were a nice addition. I will probably make this one again and add in some black olives and cilantro next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2013
This is just like my shrimp salad except for the italian dressing. I tried this and it was good! I don't think I added quite a full cup (going easy at first) but it definitely added an interesting zing to my old recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2013
I only needed half the dressing that was called for. I also guess I was in a hurry and mixed the Italian dressing and mayo together and poured it all into the salad but that was fine and probably easier than waiting to add mayonnaise right before serving. I let the salad marinate for about four hours before eating. I liked the combination of Italian dressing (I used my own homemade) and mayo together I've never had a pasta salad that used both. I only had fresh shrimp so I just sauteed in butter with a bit of Old Bay garlic and parsley then let cool before adding to the salad. Of course I took the cook's advice and added in more veggies bell peppers were a nice addition. I will probably make this one again and add in some black olives and cilantro next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2014
I love this recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2015
This is the first time to make a cold dinner of any kind with shrimp. Without a doubt I will be making it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2019
I used whole wheat pasta for this recipe and added a little black pepper and basil. It was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2020
I made this for our pinochle crowd and it was a real hit! All I did was add one more tomato. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2016
I added lemon juice as I cooked the shrimp. I also added lemon pepper and black pepper. I will definitely make it again!:D Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2015
I sautéed my shrimp in garlic and olive oil before adding to the salad. This was a good recipe however I can't help but to think it would also be good with Tuna rather than Shrimp. Or you do without either and serve as a simple macaroni salad. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2016
Really enjoyed this shrimp pasta salad. I only used 1/3 cup Italian dressing and 1/3 cup mayo and that was plenty. I also added some diced bell pepper. I had some fresh shrimp so I sauteed them in a little olive oil with creole seasoning and squeezed a little lime juice on them. Tasty! Read More