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Momma's Pasta and Shrimp Salad

Rated as 4.64 out of 5 Stars

"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 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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1 h 30 m servings 528
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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

Per Serving: 528 calories; 41 31.9 9.5 56 920 Full nutrition

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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 probab...

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 interes...

I love this recipe!!

This is the first time to make a cold dinner of any kind with shrimp. Without a doubt I will be making it again.

Less one star because I felt that it needed some mods. I added juice of 1 lemon black pepper and fresh basil. I also used less than half the suggested mayo. Overall, good start for a pasta salad...

I halved the Mayo and salad dressing and added some red pepper. served to guests and loved it.

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 ...

I added lemon juice as I cooked the shrimp. I also added lemon pepper and black pepper. I will definitely make it again! :D

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 w...