2.25.2016

Easy Italian Shrimp Salad


Easy Italian Shrimp Salad is a classic seafood dish you can enjoy eating anytime of the year. Mom's shrimp salad is so amazingly light, it's made with fresh shrimp, lemon juice, celery, carrots, red onion, and a touch of mayo.

It is so light because it's not made with a lot of heavy mayonnaise to weigh it down. Just a simple recipe that makes a big impression! Great to serve for lunch or dinner.

It's Lent, and that means NO meat for our family every Friday until Easter. Sometimes I just want something different other than eating pizza or pasta dishes on meatless Fridays (and meatless Mondays) and this is a nice change.

I can honestly tell you that everyone who tries our mom's Italian shrimp salad - loves it, hands down!  It's healthy, low calorie and low fat.  What could be better?  And, if you take the time to chop up the shrimp into smaller pieces, it's ideal to make shrimp salad sandwiches or even a shrimp salad wrap! 

We love serving this shrimp salad as an appetizer with some crusty bread next to it. It works wonders when entertaining with family and friends. Best to serve shrimp salad chilled.

Enjoy!


Easy Italian Shrimp Salad
  • 1 pound large fresh Shrimp - cleaned, deveined, cut in halves
  • 2 celery stalks - diced
  • 1 carrot - diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion - diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 lemon -juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper to taste

Clean and devein shrimp, cut off and discard tails.
In a bowl,  run cold water over the shrimp and rinse well for a few minutes.
Drain in a colander.
In a medium pot filled with water, on medium heat, bring water to boil.
Add the shrimp, and boil shrimp for about 3 minutes, until shrimp has turned to pink.
Drain in a colander for a few minutes, allowing to cool.


In a medium bowl, add the celery, carrot,  red onion, mayo and lemon juice.
Add the shrimp, some salt and pepper to taste.  Mix until well combined.
Cover with clear wrap. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. This will allow all the flavors to marinate with the shrimp.

Serves 4 to 6

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We have been so busy these past few weeks.  I promise we'll get back to posting new recipes soon!  :)

Warmly,
Anna

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62 comments:

  1. Thanks for helping me decided on lunch today! That salad looks super delicious :)

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  2. we usually do this with crab but I love the idea of doing it with shrimp instead. An instant crowd pleasure

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  3. I am pinning this one to try. I love that you used shrimp instead of crab! It looks delicious!

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  4. hi.. this is rekha from indiantastyfoodrecipes.blogspot.com
    ur blog looks too good.. loved ur recipes:) keep blogging

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  5. I love shrimp - this also looks really good. That pasta in the top header looks wonderful too.

    How nice you do this with each other!

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  6. So pretty and fresh looking. Good one.

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    1. I can relate to the busy week. I am so far behind on my blog reading and commenting. I had out of town company, a big dinner, and commitments every other night this week - any working full time and doctor appointments. Gosh I need a vacation! Sorry - I wanted to comment again on this lovely recipe. I wish I could make them all but this one is going to the top of the list. I just don't eat enough shrimp and I think I would love this one! Happy Mother's Day to you both.

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    2. Thank you Tricia for understanding- you are like the other sister to us!! Happy Mothers Day to you too!!

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  7. Thank you Tricia! And Sandie thank you for visiting our site!

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  8. I've never seen Italian shrimp salad before! Sounds super tasty!

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  9. This looks so delicious! Our daughter loves shrimp so I know she would really like this!!

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  10. Oh man- I am loving this. Who doesn't need something easy and simple to prepare for dinner or a picnic or a summer party. More importantly their is no oven involved which we both know is a huge plus once that summer heat arrives!

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  11. Joanne, Our mom made this for years, and said its a common dish in Italy....who knew ? lol....

    Alicia, I hope she enjoys this one as much as my kids do!

    Jessica, You are absolutely right ! No oven needed is wonderful and if I can skip it all summer long - I would.

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  12. What a lovely salad. Light and satisfying, with the tang of lemon and crisp crunch of celery and red onion, this one is a winner. Thanks!

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  13. I know I left a comment when you first posted this last year but I think this dish deserves another comment don't you?:))
    oh my it looks delicious! Better than chicken or lobster salad in my opinion. i love it

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    1. We love it too! Thank for the lovely comment! Xxoo

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  14. Looks so good. Never tried to do shrimp salad, just Spanish tapas. Must mark to must do list :)

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    1. HI Indre! We think you will love this as much as we do! Thanks for stopping by!
      xxoo

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  15. DIVINE! Perfect and easy for weeknight dinner

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    1. Hey thanks! And yes we think so too!

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  16. This salad looks SO GOOD.The pictures to go along with the step by step instructions are great.

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  17. Wow~ Shrimp. I love it. This Italian salad will brighten up my day.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment! Have a great day!

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  18. What a lovely salad. Light and satisfying, with the tang of lemon and crisp crunch of celery and red onion, this one is a winner. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Athena and welcome to our blog! So glad you think this dish is a winner, thank you for a leaving a lovely comment.

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  19. I made this recipe for dinner and it was fantastic! !! It's a keeper:)

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    1. Thank you Jen and welcome to our recipe blog! So nice to meet you too! So glad you tried our recipe for dinner. Hope you will try many others and let us know how they turn out! Thanks again!
      Ciao!

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  20. I am unable to read articles online very often, but I’m glad I did today. This is very well written and your points are well-expressed. Please, don’t ever stop writing.

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  21. your recipe amazing!!! I feel hungry when I read this article!!!

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    1. Thank you Emily!! Welcome to our recipe blog- it's so nice to meet you!
      Enjoy!

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  22. I love your recipes, the pictures to go along with the step by step instructions are great. You’ve made it so easy that people actually think that I can cook now haha. Thanks!

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    1. So glad to hear David! Thank you for your lovely comment, we appreciate hearing from our readers from time to time.

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  23. This is one of those dish where you don't feel like you're missing out on anything because there are so many fab textures and flavours! :D
    My 5 Coices

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    1. Thank you for lovely comment !! Have a great week!

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  24. What a beautiful rendition of an always-welcomed salad idea! Thanks for the great post.

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    1. Thank you Dan - we love the name you have it! Sweet!

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  25. My kids will love these so much. I will try the best. Now I can change my menu regularly for my family, esp. for my kids. Thank you :)

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    1. That sounds great Adelaide. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  26. My kid likes shrimps much, so I must make this for her this sunday, thanks for sharing.

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  27. I'm wonder whether I would destroy the dish If I add some vegetables to this shrimp salad?

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    1. Not sure, because we have never added veggies to this shrimp salad but go for it!! and see how it turns out. This how new recipes come about- trying new things and seeing if they work or not. Good luck! And thanks for stopping by! Xo Anna and Liz

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  28. Great recipe Anna,
    I will try this on next weekned. Thank for share this post

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    1. You're welcome Kathy! And it's nice to meet you!
      Xo

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  29. This is a great Italian recipe. I love this. Will try this weekend

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    1. Thank you Anna! Let's us know how it turns out for you!

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  30. Awesome, this shrimp salad looks so delicious, I can't wait to try your recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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    1. Thank you Anthony for your kind words!

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  31. That salad sounds delicious. I wouldn’t want to stop eating!!!

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    1. Thanks Charlene - we hear ya - same with us!

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  32. Great recipe, looks tasty and healthy, would be a joy to cook it !

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    1. Thank you! We hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!

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  33. I ONLY WANT TO ENJOY THIS DISH. I WILL TRY MAKING IT. THANK YOU

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    1. Charlene we hear you- same with us! Thanks!

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    2. Glad to hear LINDA!! Enjoy!

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  34. Great recipe. Thank you for showing this.

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  35. Your recipes amazing !!! I also feel hungry when I read this article !!!

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    1. Thank you Natalie for your sweet comment!! Enjoy the week!

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