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Shrimp ‘n’ Shells Salad

"I received this recipe from a friend," explains Heather Richardson. "It can even be served as a light dinner with toasted garlic bread." The St. Paul, Virginia reader serves the low-fat salad on a bed of fresh greens.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked small pasta shells
  • 1 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup diced pimientos
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, for dressing, combine the mayonnaise, cheese, buttermilk, onion, parsley, basil, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor; cover and process until blended.
  • Drain the pasta and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, shrimp, peas, pimientos, tomato and onions. Add dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 191 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 477mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

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  • Debra
    Jun 7, 2020

    This recipes is perfect as is! I have made it for years and if you love shrimp you will love this. Fast, easy everyday ingrediants make a wonderful meal by itself. Great for potlucks too - be prepared to share this recipe!

  • cheeriogirl
    Jul 16, 2010

    I had cut this out years ago and finally tried it last month. It is fantastic! Will be making it again soon.

  • mslatvia56
    Jul 15, 2010

    I have made this recipe for about two years now...IT IS TO DIE FOR!!! Glad I am finally able to rate it! My guests always want me to share this recipe...and those who come often ASK me to make it again!!! I have friends who visit yearly from Canada who ask me make a double batch so we can enjoy the leftovers for a couple of days...I have not changed anything in the directions or ingredients!!! Inese, in WIlliamsburg,VA