Salads and Sides/ Seafood Recipes

Easy Italian Shrimp Salad

Easy Italian Shrimp Salad is a classic seafood dish you can enjoy eating anytime of the year. Mom’s shrimp salad is so amazingly light, it’s made with fresh shrimp, lemon juice, celery, carrots, red onion, and a touch of mayo.

It is so light because it’s not made with a lot of heavy mayonnaise to weigh it down. Just a simple recipe that makes a big impression! Great to serve for lunch or dinner.

It’s Lent, and that means NO meat for our family every Friday until Easter. Sometimes I just want something different other than eating pizza or pasta dishes on meatless Fridays (and meatless Mondays) and this is a nice change.
I can honestly tell you that everyone who tries our mom’s Italian shrimp salad – loves it, hands down!  It’s healthy, low calorie and low fat.  What could be better?  And, if you take the time to chop up the shrimp into smaller pieces, it’s ideal to make shrimp salad sandwiches or even a shrimp salad wrap! 
We love serving this shrimp salad as an appetizer with some crusty bread next to it. It works wonders when entertaining with family and friends. Best to serve shrimp salad chilled.
Enjoy!

Easy Italian Shrimp Salad

  • 1 pound large fresh Shrimp – cleaned, deveined, cut in halves
  • 2 celery stalks – diced
  • 1 carrot – diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion – diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 lemon -juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper to taste

Clean and devein shrimp, cut off and discard tails.
In a bowl,  run cold water over the shrimp and rinse well for a few minutes.
Drain in a colander.
In a medium pot filled with water, on medium heat, bring water to boil.
Add the shrimp, and boil shrimp for about 3 minutes, until shrimp has turned to pink.
Drain in a colander for a few minutes, allowing to cool.

In a medium bowl, add the celery, carrot,  red onion, mayo and lemon juice.
Add the shrimp, some salt and pepper to taste.  Mix until well combined.
Cover with clear wrap. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. This will allow all the flavors to marinate with the shrimp.

Serves 4 to 6

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We have been so busy these past few weeks.  I promise we’ll get back to posting new recipes soon!  🙂

Warmly,
Anna

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63 Comments

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    Shawn
    October 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for helping me decided on lunch today! That salad looks super delicious 🙂

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    October 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    we usually do this with crab but I love the idea of doing it with shrimp instead. An instant crowd pleasure

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    Candace
    October 29, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I am pinning this one to try. I love that you used shrimp instead of crab! It looks delicious!

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    Rekha
    May 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    hi.. this is rekha from indiantastyfoodrecipes.blogspot.com
    ur blog looks too good.. loved ur recipes:) keep blogging

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    Chatty Crone
    September 13, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I love shrimp – this also looks really good. That pasta in the top header looks wonderful too.

    How nice you do this with each other!

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    Tricia
    September 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    So pretty and fresh looking. Good one.

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      Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
      May 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      I can relate to the busy week. I am so far behind on my blog reading and commenting. I had out of town company, a big dinner, and commitments every other night this week – any working full time and doctor appointments. Gosh I need a vacation! Sorry – I wanted to comment again on this lovely recipe. I wish I could make them all but this one is going to the top of the list. I just don't eat enough shrimp and I think I would love this one! Happy Mother's Day to you both.

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      annaliz
      May 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you Tricia for understanding- you are like the other sister to us!! Happy Mothers Day to you too!!

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    annaliz
    September 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Thank you Tricia! And Sandie thank you for visiting our site!

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    Joanne
    May 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I've never seen Italian shrimp salad before! Sounds super tasty!

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    Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
    May 22, 2013 at 12:51 am

    This looks so delicious! Our daughter loves shrimp so I know she would really like this!!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    May 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Oh man- I am loving this. Who doesn't need something easy and simple to prepare for dinner or a picnic or a summer party. More importantly their is no oven involved which we both know is a huge plus once that summer heat arrives!

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    annaliz
    May 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Joanne, Our mom made this for years, and said its a common dish in Italy….who knew ? lol….

    Alicia, I hope she enjoys this one as much as my kids do!

    Jessica, You are absolutely right ! No oven needed is wonderful and if I can skip it all summer long – I would.

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    AdriBarr
    May 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    What a lovely salad. Light and satisfying, with the tang of lemon and crisp crunch of celery and red onion, this one is a winner. Thanks!

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      annaliz
      May 4, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you Adri!! Un bacione!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    May 4, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I know I left a comment when you first posted this last year but I think this dish deserves another comment don't you?:))
    oh my it looks delicious! Better than chicken or lobster salad in my opinion. i love it

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      annaliz
      May 4, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      We love it too! Thank for the lovely comment! Xxoo

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    Indrė
    May 5, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Looks so good. Never tried to do shrimp salad, just Spanish tapas. Must mark to must do list 🙂

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      annaliz
      May 8, 2014 at 1:13 am

      HI Indre! We think you will love this as much as we do! Thanks for stopping by!
      xxoo

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    October 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    DIVINE! Perfect and easy for weeknight dinner

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      annaliz
      October 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Hey thanks! And yes we think so too!

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    David miller
    April 30, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    This salad looks SO GOOD.The pictures to go along with the step by step instructions are great.

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      annaliz
      March 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      You're welcome! And thank you!

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    JoeBR
    July 2, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Wow~ Shrimp. I love it. This Italian salad will brighten up my day.

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      annaliz
      July 5, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you for your sweet comment! Have a great day!

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    Athena
    September 18, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    What a lovely salad. Light and satisfying, with the tang of lemon and crisp crunch of celery and red onion, this one is a winner. Thanks!

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      annaliz
      September 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Athena and welcome to our blog! So glad you think this dish is a winner, thank you for a leaving a lovely comment.

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    vivarais Jen
    October 27, 2015 at 3:03 am

    I made this recipe for dinner and it was fantastic! !! It's a keeper:)

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      annaliz
      October 28, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you Jen and welcome to our recipe blog! So nice to meet you too! So glad you tried our recipe for dinner. Hope you will try many others and let us know how they turn out! Thanks again!
      Ciao!

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    Rose @ Oil Diffuser
    November 12, 2015 at 3:37 am

    I am unable to read articles online very often, but I’m glad I did today. This is very well written and your points are well-expressed. Please, don’t ever stop writing.

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    Emily R. Smith
    January 2, 2016 at 7:10 am

    your recipe amazing!!! I feel hungry when I read this article!!!

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      annaliz
      January 2, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Thank you Emily!! Welcome to our recipe blog- it's so nice to meet you!
      Enjoy!

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    David Evans
    January 7, 2016 at 8:03 am

    I love your recipes, the pictures to go along with the step by step instructions are great. You’ve made it so easy that people actually think that I can cook now haha. Thanks!

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      annaliz
      January 7, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      So glad to hear David! Thank you for your lovely comment, we appreciate hearing from our readers from time to time.

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    My 5 Choices
    February 18, 2016 at 7:34 am

    This is one of those dish where you don't feel like you're missing out on anything because there are so many fab textures and flavours! 😀
    My 5 Coices

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      annaliz
      February 18, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you for lovely comment !! Have a great week!

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    February 26, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    What a beautiful rendition of an always-welcomed salad idea! Thanks for the great post.

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      annaliz
      February 26, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you Dan – we love the name you have it! Sweet!

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    Adelaide
    March 31, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    My kids will love these so much. I will try the best. Now I can change my menu regularly for my family, esp. for my kids. Thank you 🙂

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      annaliz
      April 2, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      That sounds great Adelaide. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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    Abigail
    April 14, 2016 at 6:27 am

    My kid likes shrimps much, so I must make this for her this sunday, thanks for sharing.

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      annaliz
      April 14, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Your welcome Abigail! Enjoy!

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    Healthoop
    April 14, 2016 at 6:55 am

    I'm wonder whether I would destroy the dish If I add some vegetables to this shrimp salad?

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      annaliz
      April 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Not sure, because we have never added veggies to this shrimp salad but go for it!! and see how it turns out. This how new recipes come about- trying new things and seeing if they work or not. Good luck! And thanks for stopping by! Xo Anna and Liz

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    Kathy
    April 16, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Great recipe Anna,
    I will try this on next weekned. Thank for share this post

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      annaliz
      April 16, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      You're welcome Kathy! And it's nice to meet you!
      Xo

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    Anna
    April 16, 2016 at 11:49 am

    This is a great Italian recipe. I love this. Will try this weekend

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      annaliz
      April 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you Anna! Let's us know how it turns out for you!

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    Anthony
    April 21, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Awesome, this shrimp salad looks so delicious, I can't wait to try your recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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      annaliz
      April 21, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you Anthony for your kind words!

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    Charlene
    July 19, 2016 at 10:16 am

    That salad sounds delicious. I wouldn’t want to stop eating!!!

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      annaliz
      January 17, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks Charlene – we hear ya – same with us!

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    Michonne
    July 19, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Great recipe, looks tasty and healthy, would be a joy to cook it !

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      annaliz
      January 17, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      Thank you! We hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!

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    LINDA
    July 22, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I ONLY WANT TO ENJOY THIS DISH. I WILL TRY MAKING IT. THANK YOU

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      annaliz
      January 17, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      Charlene we hear you- same with us! Thanks!

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      annaliz
      January 17, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      Glad to hear LINDA!! Enjoy!

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    Aline
    January 17, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Great recipe. Thank you for showing this.

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      annaliz
      January 17, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      You're welcome Aline!

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    Natalie
    February 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Your recipes amazing !!! I also feel hungry when I read this article !!!

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      annaliz
      February 22, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you Natalie for your sweet comment!! Enjoy the week!

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    Sarah
    June 13, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I'm wondering why this dish looks so good!

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