Shrimp Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Shrimp Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Whenever I attend a potluck or family gathering, I'm asked to make this salad, which has been a family secret for over 50 years. My husband likes it as a main dish, served with garlic bread. —Barbara Robbins Cave Junction, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1 to 1-1/2 pounds cooked small shrimp
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 7 to 8 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1-3/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup French salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 389 calories, 25g fat (4g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 551mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the macaroni, shrimp, peas, celery and onion.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours before serving. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Shrimp Macaroni Salad in Taste of Home February/March 2007, p37

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"Very, very good. This is similar to my great aunt's shrimp salad - except for the peas and the dressing - so I was anxious to give it a try. Loved the addition of the peas. The dressing was good too - I used 'Mango/Chipotle' instead of 'French' and then used the smaller suggested amounts of spices. The longer it sat in the refrigerator, the better it tasted. I would make it again and try another flavor dressing."

Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"This recipe has instantly become a family favorite. What an extremely delicious change of pace from the usual summer sides!! With the exception of using light Mayo and light French Dressing- (and you could notice no difference) I followed recipe to the letter. It did yield a lot- but that is not a bad thing :-) If I could give this 10 stars....I would! Haven't even brought it to my party yet...only because I cant pry it out of my husbands hands....but I am sure it is going to get rave reviews!!"

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

"This was my contribution to a Fourth of July potluck."

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"easy and received raves from my guests. Recipe makes a lot and was just as good the next couple of days. Thank you."

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"Good salad! I made a 1/4 of it for two of us which lasted several meals. I found it needed more than a 1/4 of the dressing or it wasn't tasty or moist enough so added more. Will make again."

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