This shrimp pasta salad is so delicious and easy to make. Loaded with shrimp and crab meat with each bite, creamy, flavorful, and ready in just 30 minutes. An easy creamy pasta salad recipe that’s perfect for lunch, dinner, or a potluck to share.
If you love seafood pasta salad then this pasta salad recipe will be right up your alley. Giving the shrimp pasta salad a nice makeover by adding some crab meat to it as well. Made with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise, chopped celery for some added crunch, texture, and flavor! Make this pasta salad for a crowd or for your family for lunch or dinner. So filling, easy to make, and oh so good!
Why we love this pasta salad
- Quick and easy: super easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes
- Healthy: made with healthier pasta and Greek yogurt instead of mayo
- Amazing: so creamy and delicious, everyone will be pleased
Ingredients you will need
Wheat short pasta
Salt and pepper
Old Bay seasoning
Surimi (from fish or crab muscle protein), cut into bite-size pieces
Pre-cooked shrimp, cut into bite-size pieces
How to make this seafood pasta salad
- Cook pasta: First, boil the water in a large pot with some salt and a drizzle of oil. Add the pasta, stir well and cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes or according to the package directions. Once done, drain the pasta in a colander and run under cold water; set aside.
- Make the creamy sauce: Next, in a salad bowl, whisk yogurt together with the lemon juice, zest, Old Bay
seasoning, chopped chives, salt, and pepper. Stir in the pasta and toss to evenly coat.
- Mix in all ingredients: Add in the shrimp, crab, celery, and gently fold. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper, as needed.
- Cool and serve: Refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill and allow the flavors to meld.
Storing, serving, and making ahead
- How to store: this shrimp pasta salad is best stored in an airtight container and stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. We do not recommend freezing this salad.
- Serving: you can serve this pasta salad with buns, serve as a side with any main dish, or with any sandwiches.
- Make ahead: it is perfectly ok and even better to make this salad a few hours ahead and store in the fridge for the flavors to absorb and soak in.
Should you rinse shrimp
Pre-cooked shrimps do not need to be rinsed when compared to raw shrimp. But if it makes you feel better, go ahead and rise shrimp to remove any leftover gunk or shells that may be lingering.
Can you eat shrimp cold
Shrimp can be served warm or cold. For pasta salads, it is best to use cold shrimp and placing the salad in the fridge for the whole meal to get cold.
Can you eat shrimp after a week
It is best practice to not keep raw shrimp in the fridge for more than 24 hours. Always freeze any uncooked meat or seafood. If the shrimp is cooked, it is best to eat within 3-4 days. The most we cab recommend is 5 days to be on the safe side to prevent foodborne illnesses. If you have cooked shrimp that’s been sitting in your fridge after a week eats at your own risk but definitely smell it first to make sure it doesn’t have any foul odors.
Types of pasta you can use
Pasta salad are best made with any shaped short pasta. We prefer using whole wheat or whole grain pasta. The different types of short pasta you can use are penne, rotini, elbows, farfalle, Gemelli, rigatoni, wheels, and ziti.
Other shrimp recipes to check out
- Avocado corn salad with grilled shrimp
- Garlic shrimp spaghetti
- Shrimp ceviche
- Baked Coconut Shrimp
- Shrimp scampi zoodles
- Creamy Shrimp Pasta
- Cilantro Lime Shrimp
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Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad
- 8 oz. wheat short pasta
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2/3 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 lemon juice & zest of
- 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
- 2 tbsp chopped chives
- salt and pepper to your taste
- 8 ounce crab meat cut into bite-size pieces
- 8 ounce pre-cooked shrimp cut into bite-size pieces
- 1/2 cup celery finely diced
- Boil the water in a large pot with some salt and a drizzle of oil.
- Add the pasta, stir well and cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes or according to the package directions. Once done, drain the pasta in a colander and run under cold water; set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a salad bowl, whisk yogurt together with the lemon juice, zest, Old Bay seasoning, chopped chives, salt, and pepper. Stir in the pasta and toss to evenly coat.
- Add in the shrimp, crab, celery, and gently fold. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper, as needed.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill and allow the flavors to meld.
- use any pasta of choice, try lentil pasta for a healthier protein-packed option
- you may use dairy-free yogurt instead of greek yogurt
- make your own old bay seasoning by mixing equal amounts of the following spices: paprika, celery salt, celery seed, dry mustard, black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne
Denise Miles says
I added Rainbow spiral Pasta red onion, Dill, parsley flakes, garlic parsley salt, and red bell pepper. The dressing is a combination of fat free Greek yogurt and jarred roasted red pepper; blended in my mini Ninja, then refrigerated overnight. in a Mason Jar. It’s still quite HOT here in AL.
I’m allergic to old bay, do you have a recommendation for substitution?
Hi. You can add a bit of celery salt and a bit of paprika. About 1/4th teaspoon each
Thank you so much! I will try that.
Ingela Lindsjo says
I am going to make this recipe tonight, it looks really delicious!!
Sounds great. Let me know what you think
Ingela Lindsjo says
It was really delicious!! Perfekt dish for family gatherings as well
Porche Hamilton says
I made this recipe using whole grain Penne pasta. It was delicious! I will be making this often.
Thanks! Glad you loved it.