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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.

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MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 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 User ID: 8396025 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 User ID: 7877794 163051
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

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

parachef User ID: 7090657 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 User ID: 1598935 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 User ID: 4841285 137639
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

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

BrienneS User ID: 5862724 89975
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"Highly recommend this salad. Great tasting!!"

PhredFan User ID: 6199086 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 User ID: 1188667 63658
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

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

keverwann User ID: 1807985 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 User ID: 1795891 158354
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

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

Joand4 User ID: 3158633 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 User ID: 1222711 139361
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"Bomdiggity recipe, highly recommended!"

queenbee8763 User ID: 1896861 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 User ID: 1595663 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 User ID: 3945735 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 User ID: 3544768 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 User ID: 985301 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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