Creamy Italian Shrimp and Pasta Salad

We are so fortunate to be located close enough to the Gulf Coast that we are able to have very fresh Shrimp. This Creamy Italian Shrimp and Pasta Salad is a wonderful salad for summer that is served iced cold and is the perfect salad for a luncheon or a light dinner. I served the salad to my Tuesday Night Study Group and everyone loved it. I am very excited to share this recipe with you today!

Creamy Italian Shrimp and Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

I was so excited to get my assignment for the Secret Recipe Club this month when I found that my assigned blog was A Spoonful Of Thyme. I have followed this blog for years and have cooked with Kate in our Group B for many years.  It has been my honor to have her blog this month.

Meet Kate From A Spoonful Of Thyme

When we go to a blog it is always so much fun to learn about the author of the blog and you should really take the time to read about this blog. She tells us about her journey with food beginning with her Grandmother and then her Mother always being asked to participate in the preparation for the family meal, and she loved it! She has certainly carried this love for cooking into her own home and family, which she share's with us so beautifully on her blog. Kate has belonged to the same Gourmet Food Group for the past 33 years, what a testament to such a wonderful cook. A Spoonful Of Thyme has been featured on my Full Plate Thursday many times through the years, if the recipe come's from her blog you know it is good! These are just a few of the recipes that you might like to try,Chicken and Mushrooms In Lemon SauceMagic Chocolate Flan Cake and then the recipe I am presenting to you today,Shrimp and Pasta Salad.

Creamy Italian Shrimp and Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Creamy Italian Shrimp and Pasta Salad
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Adapted FromA Spoonful of Thyme
Serves 2 to 3
The Salad
1 1/2 cups Shell Pasta, cooked aldente, drained and cooled
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, seeded, diced
3 Green Onion, Sliced including some green tops
1 celery stalk, sliced
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into bite size pieces
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 pound cooked small Bay Shrimp
Salt and Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 hard cooked eggs, quartered, for garnish
Lettuce leaves, for lining plates, if desired
Creamy Italian Dressing (Recipe Follows)

Creamy Italian Dressing
Yield: 1 1/4 cups
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Zest from one lemon
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbles
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
freshly ground pepper to taste
Prepare The Dressing:
In a small mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until well mixed.  Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired. Cover and refrigerate.

For The Salad
In a medium size mixing bowl combine the pasta, bell pepper, onions, and celery. Stir to mix well. In a separate bowl toss the avocados with the 1 tablespoon lemon juice and then add it to the salad. Add the shrimp. Cover and refrigerate several hours.

One Hour Before Serving
Add about 1 cup dressing, salt and pepper, and mix well. If desired line a platter with lettuce leaves and mound the salad on top. Garnish with the hard boiled egg quarters and serve cold.
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Creamy Italian Shrimp and Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

I Sure Hope You Enjoy This Fabulous Salad

Thanks so much for joining us today for this fun monthly blog adventure with the Secret Recipe Club.  Hope you have a fantastic week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Organic Gardner.


  1. What a lovely post. Miz Helen, thank you so much for the very kind words. I am so happy that you like the blog and that you found a recipe that was a hit! We love summer salads and this one frequently finds its way to our table.

  2. Miz Helen, your shrimp looks delicious! I'm quite envious of that fresh seafood you're able to get down there ;)

  3. Pasta salads are such a great summer dish! I'm envious of the fresh shrimp you can get over there. :)

  4. This looks like a perfect salad for a light summer supper. I will be having it soon because it is starting to really warm up.

  5. This sounds wonderful! I wish I lived in an area where shrimp was more accessible and reasonably priced! Great pick for SRC Miz Helen!

  6. Beautiful as always, Miz Helen and perfect for summer!

  7. That looks delicious! What a refreshing summer salad. :)

  8. This sounds great for a lovely light summer meal.

  9. I love shrimp salads, Miz Helen, and made one the other day. This sounds like a delicious variation!

  10. That does look quite delicious! What a perfect summer lunch.

  11. Hi Miz Helen, I hope to see you over at Food on friday: Pasta with this soon! Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  12. How wonderful to have fresh shrimp to make this delicious sounding pasta salad! Your friend's blog sounds amazing and I look forward to checking it out. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again next Monday!

  13. What a lovely salad, Miz Helen! Gulf shrimp are so delicious - I've had them on visits to the US and they really are wonderful. I really like the dressing too - it sounds scrumptious. You've really showcased Kate's recipe beautifully! Thank you for sharing this post with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. I've pinned it and will tweet too. I'll be featuring this post at H&S this coming week too :-)

  14. How fresh for Summer! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!


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