Seafood pasta salad with creamy homemade mayo and lemon dressing is the perfect bite every time. With delicious shrimp, cold peas, pasta shells and a healthy crunch of veggies, this pasta salad is elevated to a gourmet side dish option for potlucks, picnics, and holiday meals.
First cook your pasta al dente, according to the package, drain and put in fridge to chill.
Saute your shrimp in a little light olive oil and butter till done. This typically takes around 6 minutes or so. Do not overcook your shrimp. Once done, place in fridge to cool down.
Once shrimp and pasta are both cooled, remove shrimp tail carefully to reserve as much meat as possible and cut shrimp into 2-3 pieces. You do not want the bites too small for seafood pasta salad.
Place all your cut veggies, cold pasta, and cooked shrimp pieces into a bowl and stir to mix.
Move to homemade dressing recipe below.
Mayo Dressing for Pasta Salad
Add mayo, lemon juice, cayenne, and seasoning into a bowl and whisk until all ingredients are well combined.
Combine Dressing and Seafood Salad
Now pour mayo dressing onto shrimp seafood salad and mix thoroughly, making sure you cover all the pasta and shrimp. If you want to add additional dressing for a thicker base, you can make another batch and add more.
Refrigerate Seafood Pasta Salad for 4 hours prior to serving (if possible) so flavors can marinate and the salad can chill.
Prior to serving, mix one last time so there is no settling of dressing.
Seafood salad can be stored in airtight container for 2-3 days
ADDITIONAL SEASONINGS : Looking for some color? Try old bay seasonings or even a splash of paprika on this salad.
A bit of fresh dill seasoning is a great addition to seafood pasta salad for color and flavor