Rating: 4 stars
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

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

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 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 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

243 calories; protein 10.9g; carbohydrates 10.1g; fat 17.8g; cholesterol 167.6mg; sodium 233.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (7)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2015
You have to be careful monkeying around with measurements when you bake - you don't want to goof up the chemistry of the ingredients and risk a failure. You have much more leeway with cooking, but you still have to be careful. When in doubt about an ingredient, always start with a lesser amount - you can always add more if you like, but it would be difficult if not impossible to correct if there was too much of something. In this case, it was the parsley and lemon juice I started out stingy on and I am SO glad I did. I only used half the amount called for and I was completely happy leaving it at that. I don't think I would have been pleased at all with twice as much as I used! I didn't add the eggs because I was serving this with egg salad and I think I prefer this without the eggs anyway. The parsley was not enough herb to carry the "herbed" in the title, but a good amount of dill fixed that right up. We ultimately enjoyed this, but it took a fair amount of tweaking to get there. Read More
(18)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/24/2015
I didn't like this as much as I thought I would. To me, the lemon juice was overpowering and made the salad too sour. Disappointed. Read More
(3)
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2015
You have to be careful monkeying around with measurements when you bake - you don't want to goof up the chemistry of the ingredients and risk a failure. You have much more leeway with cooking, but you still have to be careful. When in doubt about an ingredient, always start with a lesser amount - you can always add more if you like, but it would be difficult if not impossible to correct if there was too much of something. In this case, it was the parsley and lemon juice I started out stingy on and I am SO glad I did. I only used half the amount called for and I was completely happy leaving it at that. I don't think I would have been pleased at all with twice as much as I used! I didn't add the eggs because I was serving this with egg salad and I think I prefer this without the eggs anyway. The parsley was not enough herb to carry the "herbed" in the title, but a good amount of dill fixed that right up. We ultimately enjoyed this, but it took a fair amount of tweaking to get there. Read More
(18)
Rating: 3 stars
03/24/2015
I didn't like this as much as I thought I would. To me, the lemon juice was overpowering and made the salad too sour. Disappointed. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2015
I did not use eggs...added grape tomatoes cut in 1/2 and fresh basil, tarragon and cilentro...had mayo with lime,,,bow tie pasta...great flavor Read More
(2)
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Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2018
I made it and it was great, added imitation crab, left out the celery because of allergies and I forgot the boiled eggs... But still turned out awesome. Read More
(2)
Rating: 3 stars
07/03/2019
It was ok, but 1 C. of pasta is not enough to make 12 servings. There was too much lemon juice, & the eggs just didn't seem to go with shrimp. I made it again yesterday, and used more pasta (shells were more appropriate w/shrimp). I used a combination of mayo & sour cream, less lemon juice, no eggs, and added some fresh dill. We liked it better this way, just sayin'. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2017
I made this for a "salad" themed lunch for work. I doubled the ingredients however I used an entire 1 pound box of mini bowtie pasta rather than the original pasta it called for. I snuck a taste after refrigerating for eight hours but prior to adding the shrimp. I felt the onion was overwhelming at that time. I almost didn't put it out for the lunch at work. However after adding the shrimp and refrigerating for an additional 4 to 5 hours it ended up being very popular. In the end I used a lot more mayonnaise than the recipe called for. I wish I could say how much but I kept adding until the consistency and moisture seemed right. The additional mayonnaise and pasta may have help dilute the "overwhelming" lemon flavor others complain about. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2021
I made it following all the measurements. I found the lemon juice was overpowering after combining ingredients. But after marinating the flavor toned down a lot Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2014
I did not have time to let it chill 8 hours and it was still wonderful. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2020
I left out the eggs because we all can't eat them. Adding White Balsamic Vinegar just to spark up the taste. Read More