German Shrimp Pasta Salad

This is a favorite recipe handed down from my Oma, who used to make this for the deli. She used elbow macaroni. I have altered her methods to decrease prep time without sacrificing flavor.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
1 6-quart bowl


  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • ½ cup olive oil mayonnaise (such as Hellman's®), or more as needed

  • ½ lime, juiced

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • ½ onion, diced

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans small shrimp, drained


  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.

  2. Combine vinegar, sugar, dill, and parsley in a large bowl. Muddle the herbs with flat spatula and mix until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in mayonnaise, lime juice, and 1 teaspoon salt until creamy. Stir in celery and onion. Cover and refrigerate.

  3. Rinse pasta under cold water. Fold pasta into the dressing until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate, folding salad occasionally so that dressing is evenly absorbed, 8 hours to overnight. Add more mayonnaise if pasta looks dry.

  4. Gently fold in shrimp in the last fold before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Bow ties or small shells also work. If using bow ties, mayonnaise may have to be increased by 1/4 to 1/2 cup.

Short on time? Still tastes great after chilling for only a couple hours. Mix the dressing first, while the pasta water comes to a boil, and refrigerate. Chop the onions and celery while the pasta is cooking, and add to the dressing in the fridge. When pasta is cooked, drained and, cooled, add to the dressing. Chill until serving time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

337 Calories
8g Fat
47g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 337
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 1366mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 262mg 6%

* 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.

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