I first tried a salad very similar to this when visiting a friend in Florida. When I returned, I was determined to create the same refreshing combination at home. The secret is the coconut-milk marinade—makes the shrimp incredibly tender and flavorful. —Sarah Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire
One of our favorite Korean dishes has always been a Korean Cold Sesame Noodles that my Mom made for us. It was supposed to be served at room temperature, but I like it warm. The shrimp-noodle salad recipe was a result of memories of my Mom's Korean background, and my love of fresh vegetables, packed full of flavor. The gochujang (hot chili paste) is a more savory kind of heat, that really blends beautifully with sesame, soy sauce and garlic. —Karen Bowlden, Boise, Idaho
Field editor Traci Wynne writes from Denver, Pennsylvania, “I adore shrimp, so to have it sneak into a pasta salad is a real treat for me. The combination of lemon-dill sauce over chilled pasta is a refreshing taste in the hot summer.”
"I served this satisfying pasta salad to a group of hospital volunteers who were quick with compliments. It’s brimming with shrimp and imitation crab and accented with dill," shares Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia.
My family loves to have potluck barbecues during the summer. With several backyard gardens in the family, you can be sure one of us will bring a variation of this classic salad. Add a dash of your favorite hot sauce if you like to turn up the heat! —Karen Goodnature, Lompoc, California