The Best Cold Shrimp Salad Recipe

The classic shrimp salad recipe is a North Carolina favorite that is the perfect appetizer or meal. Quick and easy to make, it mixes the sweetness of shrimp with buttery mayonnaise and crunchy celery to create a tasty treat.

This healthy cold shrimp dish with parsley, red onion, and celery tossed with a bit of mayo is among my favorite cold salad dishes with a light spiciness. Eat a cold seafood salad with a spoonful of salad or with some greens. Lemon zest adds an extra pizzaz and tang.

What kind of shrimp to use?

If you don’t have access to fresh shrimp from a local seafood market, shrimp is available at supermarkets in different forms. I use raw and cook with tails off. I find that frozen shrimp used in recipes to be quite good. Using raw shrimp takes minutes to prepare. The black vein running down the back of shrimp is the stomach intestine artery and should be removed prior to cooking.

How to make shrimp salad?

When making shrimp salad, cook shrimp and let it cool until it peels off. That’s the whole thing. Then you can use some mayo for the shrimp salad. Serve this simple salad with lettuce to create a delicious low-carb and keto alternative! Serve this cold shrimp salad recipe with the addition of rotini pasta for a richer shrimp sauce. For the most delicious shrimp salad, sandwich use croissants cut through horizontally.

Shrimp Salad Dressing

This shrimp dressing requires Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice, fresh parsley, and mayonnaise. These flavors combine to create a delicious dish for your family. Old Bay is a spicy blend that everybody needs. It has numerous aromatic and spice compounds and is the most essential seafood flavoring which compliments all seafood chowders and seafood dishes.

How long should salad sit?

Once your shrimp salad has been prepared, place it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. The salad can last three days, stored in the refrigerator but tastes best when eaten within 24-48 hours for optimal flavor.

Main Ingredients Needed

fresh shrimp
Fresh Shrimp
fresh parsley
Fresh Parsley
chopped red onions
Chopped Red Onions
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Simple Shrimp Salad Recipe

Serving Size:
1 cup
20 minutes


  • 1 pound cooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and sliced or left whole
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Lettuce, mixed salad greens, or saltine crackers


  1. Mix all ingredients and chill for 1 to 3 hours.
  2. Serve on your choice of lettuce or on top of mixed salad greens with a wedge of lemon. Also great when eaten with crackers.

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