As warmer weather approaches, Shrimp Salad will be a fabulous light entrée to add to your go-to recipe collection. There’s nothing quite so refreshing and tasty than a luncheon of shrimp salad mounded on a bed of crisp lettuce. Serve it with saltine crackers and an ice cold glass of white wine (or sangria), like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.

Shrimp Salad in a croissant on a white plate

Shrimp Salad Dressing

The shrimp salad dressing we use here calls for Old Bay Seasoning, lemon juice, fresh dill and Dijon mustard. This combination of flavors produces a cold shrimp salad recipe with a zing that your family will love.

Old Bay is a zesty spice blend that everyone should have in their cupboard. It’s composed of many herbs and spices and is the quintessential seafood seasoning that enhances any seafood chowder or seafood dish.

Shrimp Salad served over greens on a white dish

How to Cook Shrimp for Salad

My favorite shortcut for this recipe is to buy a shrimp ring when they’re on sale and when guests show up, I simply chop up the shrimp!

If you need to cook the shrimp, it takes almost no time at all. You can tell when each shrimp is done because they turn bright pink and curl up. You can even cook shrimp straight from the freezer with no thawing necessary! Here’s how to cook frozen shrimp

  1. Bring about three quarts of water to a full boil.
  2. Dump in the frozen shrimp, peels and all.
  3. Wait for the water to come back to boil. It will take about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Then cook the shrimp another two-four minutes, depending on how large they are. Do not overcook! Drain and allow to cool, then peel.

To Make Grilled Shrimp Salad: start by using thawed jumbo shrimp and leave the peel on. Brush with oil and grill for about 2 minutes on a side on the cooler side of the grill. Allow the shrimps to cool, then peel and rough chop them for salad. If they are small shrimp, you can leave them whole and make a very simple shrimp with salad by sprinkling them over chopped romaine or any other salad greens you have on hand.

Shrimp Salad ingredients in a clear glass bowl before mixing together

How to Make Shrimp Salad

To make shrimp salad, start by cooking your shrimp and let them get cool enough to peel.

  • Roughly chop the shrimp into uniform chunks and finely dice the eggs.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix the shrimp and eggs with the diced green onion, celery and other ingredients.

That’s all there is to it! If you want, you can add chopped avocado for a delicious avocado shrimp salad.

Stirring Shrimp Salad in a clear glass bowl with a silver spoon

Serve this easy shrimp salad over a bed of lettuce to make a great low carb/keto option! Make this cold shrimp salad recipe stretch to feed a crowd by adding some rotini pasta for a more substantial filling shrimp pasta salad!

For a super yummy shrimp salad sandwich, use croissants sliced through horizontally or pile it high on fresh homemade bread.

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Shrimp Salad

As warmer weather approaches, Shrimp Salad will be a fabulous light entrée to add to your go-to recipe collection. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
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  • 1 pound medium shrimp cooked, peeled and chilled
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 green onion finely diced
  • 2 hard boiled eggs finely diced
  • ½ long English cucumber finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 ½ teaspoon grainy dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Chop shrimp into small pieces.
  • Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well to combine.
  • Serve over salad, on a croissant or with tortilla chips.


4.97 from 87 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 355 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 390mg | Sodium: 1128mg | Potassium: 229mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Fish, Salad
Cuisine American
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  1. Made this today, only change was I added 2 tablespoons of sour cream. It’s delicious, thank you for sharing!5 stars

  2. I made this just as is except dill, didn’t have on hand, let set for 24 hours,by chance. Everyone Loved it and wanted the recipe, no problem.. except I didn’t save it I have search for almost a month on and off! I new i would recognize it because of the eggs and cucumbers!! Thank you for a Great Shrimp Salad and I can’t wait to try the dill! 5 stars

  3. Excellent and easy! I upped the dill (I used dried), Old Bay, and mustard quite a bit only because I love really strong flavors. But the cucumber was a great addition, and the taste texture was superb. I’ll definitely be making this again. Thank you!!!5 stars

    1. Hi Helene, you could replace it with equal parts celery salt and paprika since those are the two main flavors in old bay seasoning, you could also replace it with cajun seasoning, or seasoning salt. These will alter the flavor but should still turn out delicious.