Peas and Shrimp Salad

This Peas and Shrimp Salad recipe is a super easy side dish that’s perfect for any holiday get together! It’s served cold because it’s creamy with sweet green peas (I totally used frozen!), shrimp, and cashews and water chestnuts which make it crunchy. Make this if you need a tasty and light Thanksgiving side dish!

This Peas and Shrimp Salad recipe is a super easy side dish that's perfect for any holiday get together! It's served cold because it's creamy with sweet green peas (I totally used frozen!), shrimp, and cashews and water chestnuts which make it crunchy. Make this if you need a tasty and light Thanksgiving side dish!

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I was first introduced to this salad on my first Thanksgiving as a married gal. J and I were living in Las Vegas at the time, which was conveniently close to much of his extended family in California. I regret that we worked jobs that didn’t allow us to visit more.

This Peas and Shrimp Salad recipe is a super easy side dish that's perfect for any holiday get together! It's served cold because it's creamy with sweet green peas (I totally used frozen!), shrimp, and cashews and water chestnuts which make it crunchy. Make this if you need a tasty and light Thanksgiving side dish!

But we were lucky enough to both have the Thanksgiving holiday off, which is extremely rare when your a manager at one of the large hotels on the Strip (both of us were at the time). So we hopped into my inlaw’s car and didn’t stop until we made it to Calabasas.

My husband’s Aunt Kerry hosted us along with my husbands immediate family and many of his extended family member in her beautiful home. It was a holiday to remember full of lots of laughter and two sweet little newborn babies (my sister inlaw was also newly pregnant, so we had even more to be thankful for!).

This Peas and Shrimp Salad recipe is a super easy side dish that's perfect for any holiday get together! It's served cold because it's creamy with sweet green peas (I totally used frozen!), shrimp, and cashews and water chestnuts which make it crunchy. Make this if you need a tasty and light Thanksgiving side dish!

What was also memorable was the fantastic meal Aunt Kerry prepared. Remember how I said I married into a family of excellent cooks? I wasn’t joking! Between the gorgeous spread she created and the delicious dishes that many of the other guest brought, we had a feast fit for a king (or queen!).

This Peas and Shrimp Salad recipe is a super easy side dish that's perfect for any holiday get together! It's served cold because it's creamy with sweet green peas (I totally used frozen!), shrimp, and cashews and water chestnuts which make it crunchy. Make this if you need a tasty and light Thanksgiving side dish!

But one dish made a big impression on me. It was this salad filled with sweet baby shrimp and green peas. It was full of great flavor and texture and was a light and refreshing addition to a heavy meal. And when I inquired about it Aunt Kerry and J’s mom told me how this dish was an old-faithful addition to most of their past family Thanksgivings and was a simple mix of a few basic ingredients.

It’s funny because over the years life got busy and I forgot about that delicious salad. Until this summer, when my inlaws were in town visiting. My mother inlaw made it for our celebration after T’s baptism. Let me just say, it went fast! Everyone just couldn’t get enough! And that’s saying something, because we had a ton of great food like this pulled pork!

This Peas and Shrimp Salad recipe is a super easy side dish that's perfect for any holiday get together! It's served cold because it's creamy with sweet green peas (I totally used frozen!), shrimp, and cashews and water chestnuts which make it crunchy. Make this if you need a tasty and light Thanksgiving side dish!

I love how there are a few basic ingredients but they still manage to pack a terrific flavor punch. Baby shrimp aren’t available around here so I grabbed frozen shrimp that was already cooked along with frozen peas. Chopped water chestnuts and cashews give this dish a great crunch and minced green onions add plenty of aromatic flavor. A little salt and pepper and some mayonnaise to bind it all together and you’ve got yourself some serious salad happiness.

Like many of the best family recipes, this came to me without too many specific measurements. I opted to keep it at basic measurements because it really is best done by taste. Don’t worry- I’m not leaving you completely in the dark or anything, but strongly encourage you to taste as you go until it’s flavored to your idea of perfection.

This Peas and Shrimp Salad recipe is a super easy side dish that's perfect for any holiday get together! It's served cold because it's creamy with sweet green peas (I totally used frozen!), shrimp, and cashews and water chestnuts which make it crunchy. Make this if you need a tasty and light Thanksgiving side dish!

Other great holiday side dishes include:

Grandma’s Baked Artichoke Hearts
Sauteed Mushrooms in a Wine Reduction
Nanou’s Garlic Green Beans
Honey Soy Glazed Carrots and Parsnips

Yields 6-8 Servings

Peas and Shrimp Salad

This Peas and Shrimp Salad recipe is a super easy side dish that's perfect for any holiday get together! It's served cold because it's creamy with sweet green peas (I totally used frozen!), shrimp, and cashews and water chestnuts which make it crunchy. Make this if you need a tasty and light Thanksgiving side dish!

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 large bag of peas (I believe its a 32 oz. bag), thawed- but do NOT use the microwave to thaw them!
  • 1 lb. of cooked baby cocktail shrimp (if these are not available, you can dice larger shrimp like I did)
  • 1 can of water chestnuts, chopped
  • 1 bunch of green onions (white and green parts), chopped
  • 3/4 of a can of salted cashews (I chopped them in this but my mother in law leaves them whole- they taste delicious either way!)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup - 3/4 cups of mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. Defrost the peas the night before in your refrigerator or on the counter top for an hour. Do not microwave the peas to defrost them, this will mess with the texture
  2. Drain your peas and then pat them dry to remove excess water.
  3. Add your shrimp, water chestnuts, and green onion to the bowl.
  4. Stir in your mayonnaise. Start with a scoop or two and mix it. Add additional scoops as needed until you get the consistency you want. You want it the be lightly dressed without swimming in the mayonnaise (unless that's how you like it!).
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Refrigerate until you're ready to serve.
  7. Enjoy!
Cuisine: Holiday, Thanksgiving, Fall, Christmas, New Years, Light | Recipe Type: Side dish

Notes

I know I wrote this twice but seriously, don't use your microwave to thaw your peas. While I encourage you to taste every recipe as you go to make sure it's seasoned properly, that's a big component of this one. I used my mini prep processor (linked below) to do all my chopping. It cut my prep time in half. Except for the shrimp. I did that by hand.

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This Peas and Shrimp Salad recipe is a super easy side dish that's perfect for any holiday get together! It's served cold because it's creamy with sweet green peas (I totally used frozen!), shrimp, and cashews and water chestnuts which make it crunchy. Make this if you need a tasty and light Thanksgiving side dish!

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff
    November 16, 2016 at 10:27 am OMG I can't wait to try this! So simple yet I would never have thought of putting all those ingredients together!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      November 20, 2016 at 9:07 pm Thank you Lisa! I wouldn't have thought of it either but when I tasted them I knew my husband's brilliant family was onto something great!
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    Elizabeth
    November 16, 2016 at 10:32 am What a super sounding thanksgiving side dish! You Americans are so clever with your festive recipes! Elizabeth recently posted...Chocolate Fudge Masquerade Party CupcakesMy Profile
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      Jessy
      November 20, 2016 at 9:05 pm Thank you, Elizabeth! I think the bright colors make it extra festive for the holidays!
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    Helene D'Souza
    November 16, 2016 at 10:59 am Your salad looks so refreshing. I am always in for something new and as you mentioned the ingredients balance it out so well. I would love to try it maybe tomorrow or sometime this week with fresh ingredients. Helene D'Souza recently posted...Easy Hungarian Goulash Soup Recipe {Gluten-free}My Profile
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      Jessy
      November 20, 2016 at 9:04 pm Thank you! I think the unexpected combo of flavors was the first thing that peaked my interest and when I tasted them I was sold!
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      Jessy
      November 20, 2016 at 9:04 pm Thank you! I think the unexpected combo of flavors was the first thing that peaked my interest and when I tasted them I was sold!
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    Kara @ Byte Sized Nutrition
    November 16, 2016 at 11:33 am I love this idea! I've never been a huge fan of frozen peas (and had to eat too many while growing up), but this I would definitely not mind eating! Love the addition of cashews!
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      Jessy
      November 20, 2016 at 9:04 pm Thanks Kara- this salad definitely breathes new life into frozen peas! Cashews are always a good idea!
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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
    November 16, 2016 at 11:57 am This is the salad that my husband would love. Lots of shrimps, look amazing!
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      Jessy
      November 20, 2016 at 9:02 pm Thank you, Ilona! I wish my husband was into seafood because he loves peas. But more salad for me :)
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    Aish Das-Padihari
    November 16, 2016 at 2:17 pm Love peas and shrimp both. Looks like a fabulous sald. Yum!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      November 20, 2016 at 9:02 pm Thank you- me too! I couldn't have been more excited for that combo!
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    The Food Hunter
    November 16, 2016 at 2:48 pm if I wasn't allergic to shrimp I would be all over this The Food Hunter recently posted...Pear & Salted Carmel Cake & A Baker's Dream Giveaway!My Profile
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      Jessy
      November 20, 2016 at 9:00 pm Bummer! I bet it would be tasty with diced chicken breast though.
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    Evi
    November 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm This looks like the perfect lunch! Light, but full of flavor! Evi recently posted...Hot Chocolate Cookies- Holiday Cookie RecipeMy Profile
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      Jessy
      November 20, 2016 at 8:59 pm Thank you- I actually made and photographed this on a Sunday purposely so I could bring it to lunch all week!
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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    November 16, 2016 at 3:48 pm Sometimes the simple dishes are the best and this looks so easy to make but delicious
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      Jessy
      November 20, 2016 at 8:56 pm I couldn't agree more! Simple and delicious is always a win!
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    Tiffany
    November 16, 2016 at 7:21 pm I've actually never had shrimp with peas before but this looks delicious, fresh, bright, and easy to put together, too! Thanks for sharing, gotta try :) Tiffany recently posted...Maple Bacon Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese FrostingMy Profile
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      Jessy
      November 20, 2016 at 8:55 pm Thank you, Tiffany, I hope you like it! Until I had this salad, I had never had that combo either. Now I'm a total believer!
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    Marina @ Parental Journey
    November 18, 2016 at 4:04 am It looks so yummi! I love peas and I love shrimps - and this seems so simple to prepare! Marina @ Parental Journey recently posted...How Should Parents Help With HomeworkMy Profile
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      Jessy
      November 20, 2016 at 8:54 pm Thank you Marina! It's really simple with a killer flavor combo :)

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