Herbed Macaroni Salad with Shrimp


Light and lemony, this recipe is a change from standard macaroni salads.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
12 servings


  • 1 cup ditalini pasta

  • 1 cup mayonnaise, or more to taste

  • 4 ribs celery, finely chopped

  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced

  • ½ red bell pepper, diced

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced

  • 12 ounces frozen cooked small shrimp, thawed, or more to taste

  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley, or as desired


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook ditalini pasta in the boiling water, stirring frequently, until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse pasta under cold water.

  2. Combine pasta, mayonnaise, celery, green onions, red bell pepper, lemon juice, chopped parsley, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until macaroni salad is well combined.

  3. Set a few egg slices aside for garnish and stir remaining egg slices into macaroni salad. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  4. Stir shrimp into macaroni salad, adding more mayonnaise if salad is dry. Garnish salad with reserved egg slices and parsley sprigs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

243 Calories
18g Fat
10g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 243
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 168mg 56%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 236mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.