Very Best Shrimp Macaroni Salad Recipe

Do you want to be the most popular person at the picnic? Then make my Grandma’s Very Best Shrimp Macaroni Salad! Meaty chunks of shrimp, crispy celery and onions and tender pasta covered in a creamy and super flavorful dressing. Everyone will be back for seconds!

Do you want to be the most popular person at the picnic? Then make my Grandma's Very Best Shrimp Macaroni Salad! Meaty chunks of shrimp, crispy celery and onions and tender pasta covered in a creamy and super flavorful dressing. Everyone will be back for seconds!

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Macaroni salad is the quintessential summer side dish. It’s one of those things I will make and then go back to all day, every day to nibble on. I don’t know what it is, but it just keeps calling me back to the fridge for one more bite!

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And this macaroni salad recipe is a sure winner! It’s my Grandma Eve’s recipe, so you know it’s going to be awesome (aren’t Grandma recipes always awesome?). I can remember so many meals that include this shrimp pasta salad and everyone raving over it.

Up until now I’m sad to say I had never made it. So when I finally got the recipe, I was a bit surprised by some of the ingredients. They just weren’t what I expected to see in a macaroni salad recipe, at least not this one. But they actually add some really awesome levels to the overall flavor and are probably what gives this salad it’s addictive quality.

Macaroni salad recipe

Tips for making the best macaroni salad:

  • If you can, buy shrimp that’s already cooked, it’s one less step for you.
  • Make it ahead. Letting it sit in the dressing a little bit helps it all meld together and deepens the flavor.
  • Taste the dressing as you go. This is pretty much the case for any cooking recipe (not so much baking) but take the measurements as a starting point and make this to your taste.
  • This recipe makes a pretty large amount. If you’re not serving a crowd, or you don’t want as many left overs, half it.

Easy macaroni salad

Helpful tools:

  1. Measuring spoons
  2. Measuring cups
  3. Mixing bowl
  4. Whisk
  5. Chef’s knife
  6. Cutting board
  7. Wooden spoon
  8. Saucepan

Shrimp pasta salad recipes

5 from 7 votes
Very Best Shrimp Macaroni Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Resting time
1 hr
Total Time
20 mins
 

Do you want to be the most popular person at the picnic? Then make my Grandma's Very Best Shrimp Macaroni Salad! Meaty chunks of shrimp, crispy celery and onions and tender pasta covered in a creamy and super flavorful dressing. Everyone will be back for seconds!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
Ingredients
Salad:
  • 1 pound medium shell pasta, cooked as per package directions to al dente
  • 2/3 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 1/4 cups celery, finely diced
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, cooked and roughly chopped into large chunks
Dressing:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise,
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1-2 generous pinch sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (I used Frank's Red Hot)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
Salad:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Add dressing and mix well to combine.

  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until you're ready to serve.

Dressing:
  1. Whisk all ingredients until well combined.

  2. Taste and adjust seasonings to your taste.

  3. Pour over the salad.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Bec
    April 2, 2018 at 9:12 am This is great timing! I just bought some of the tiny shrimp on sale at the grocery store. This will make a great side dish this week!
  • Reply
    Tara Teaspoon
    April 2, 2018 at 11:51 am I understand the "going back to the fridge for tastes!" thing. I'm sure I'll be doing that on this salad! Thank you!
  • Reply
    Kat Jeter
    April 3, 2018 at 4:24 pm I can see why this makes you so popular! What an amazing pasta salad. Looking forward to making it for my summer potlucks!
  • Reply
    Megan @ Megunprocessed
    April 6, 2018 at 1:56 pm Celery and onion just make a pasta salad pop! Love those flavors together!
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      April 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm I totally agree- the flavors and especially the crunch!!
  • Reply
    Carolyn
    April 6, 2018 at 9:29 pm This sounds incredible! I can't wait to try making this!
  • Reply
    Denise
    June 29, 2018 at 4:03 pm I made this salad a couple of days ago and everyone enjoyed it! What a delicious sauce....! A keeper for me. Thanks!
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      June 30, 2018 at 4:40 pm Thanks Denise- I'm so glad you loved it as much as we do!
  • Reply
    Kelly Mathieu
    July 17, 2018 at 8:19 pm Thank you for the recipe my family loved it just made it today as a side for fried catfish nuggets. I made an extra batch of the dressing and we dipped the nuggets in it mmmmgood!
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      July 17, 2018 at 8:25 pm Awwww thank you Kelly- I'm so glad you loved it and BRILLIANT idea with the dressing! On a side note, catfish nuggets sound delicious- where can I find that recipe? Yum!
      • Reply
        Kelly Mathieu
        July 18, 2018 at 1:47 pm Oh I'm chagrined to say there is no recipe... I buy the fresh catfish nuggets prepackaged from the grocery and fry them in canola oil using a prepackaged fish fry batter. The directions are on the package of batter 😇
        • Reply
          Jessy Freimann
          July 18, 2018 at 10:14 pm I love it - work smarter, not harder! I am definitely going to have to make some. I haven't had catfish in ages and I miss it! Thank you for sharing!
  • Reply
    Mary Oczkowski
    October 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm I made this today and it is delicious. I'm thinkiing next time, I might try it with smoked salmon instead of shrimp. Can't wait to try the dressing as a dip like Kelly Mathieu did!
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      October 7, 2018 at 4:16 pm I'm so glad you liked it! Smoked Salmon sounds like a seriously delicious addition- please let me know how you like it with that :)

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