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A white bowl of pasta salad on a blue and white dish towel

Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad

  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour (includes chilling time)
  • Yield: About 8 cups 1x


This shrimp pasta salad is creamy and refreshing, with fresh dill and a zesty lemon dressing. The perfect chilled summer dish to bring to a BBQ or potluck!



Pasta salad

  • 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and diced
  • 16 ounces macaroni noodles, uncooked (half a 1 lb box)
  • 16 ounces large cooked shrimp, thawed and diced (about 12 large shrimp, can also use small shrimp)
  • 1 cup celery, chopped (about 2 stalks)
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper (about 1 small pepper – whatever color you like)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoons sweet relish


  • 1 cup mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar or honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper


  1. Boil eggs, let chill in an ice water bath. Follow the directions to hard boil eggs in the recipe card of this post. Once cooled, peel and roughly dice.
  2. Cook macaroni noodles until al dente according to package instructions. Immediately drain in a colander and rinse under cold water. Leave in colander to fully drain, shaking a couple times to remove excess water.
  3. If shrimp are frozen, thaw in a colander under cold water for about 5 minutes. Remove tails and dice.
  4. In a large bowl, add pasta, eggs, shrimp, celery, bell pepper, dill, onion and sweet relish and stir to combine.
  5. In a measuring cup or small bowl, add mayonnaise, lemon juice, vinegar, sweetener, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper and whisk to combine.
  6. Pour dressing into bowl with other ingredients and stir again to combine.
  7. Cover and place in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and enjoy!
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: creamy shrimp pasta salad, shrimp salad

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