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Shrimp Macaroni Salad Recipe

Shrimp Macaroni Salad Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Shrimp Macaroni Salad

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MurphyNJ 245565
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."

lisaelias 227201
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!!"

Dhearrell 163051
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

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

parachef 139366
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."

parksville 141136
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."

amiss84 137639
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"amazing. I used Thousand Island dressing instead and love it"

BrienneS 89975
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"Highly recommend this salad. Great tasting!!"

PhredFan 207886
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"Lovely! We enjoyed this wonderful variation on macaroni salad best a day or two after making it. After pulling it out of the refrigerator, we prefer to let it warm up a bit before serving. The dressing was just a bit too sweet and salty. Next time I'll omit the salt and sugar in the dressing and use a bit less of the French dressing."

ANomdeplume 63658
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

"Excellent flavor and texture I will definately be making this one again and again."

keverwann 139362
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"Made a 1/4 recipe and made the French Dressing from scratch. Turned out nicely. Used light and reduced fat items where available."

Hannah0418 158354
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"highly recommend. unless you're making it for large group, i suggest making half the amount."

Joand4 158353
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"everyone who tastes this salad loves it! The recipe has been passed to many people in our retirement communityl Great flavor! I made it exactly as the recipe called for."

enelad 139361
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"Bomdiggity recipe, highly recommended!"

queenbee8763 89970
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2010

"This recipe is amazing - it's now my husband's favorite salad! Old Bay steamed shrimp gives it an even better flavor! Thanks to my sister-in-law, Karen, for giving me the recipe!"

mystie75 63657
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2009

"my friend made this for a party, but changed the shrimp to crab meat and it was a delicious dish."

starlight4673 69820
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2009

"I made a few changes,but it still came out great..I used shredded carrot and broccoli in place of peas, I low fat or less fat the things that I could(mayo, dressing) and I tried it with whole wheat pasta..I am going to try it with other veggies also.Thank you for the recipe.."

mrs_h 69818
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2009

"I would have to agree with Aquarelle...this makes a ton! It's a nice change from traditional macaroni salads."

Aquarelle 89969
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2008

"My ten-year-old daughter loves shrimp, and this is one of her favorite recipes. Even if you halve all of the ingredients it still makes a lot--I'd say it serves more like 20 to 24 than 16--so I generally fix it for potlucks and set some aside for us to enjoy at home."

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