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Easy Italian Shrimp Salad

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Light and delicious tasting, this Easy Italian Shrimp Salad will not disappoint! If you are looking for an amazing-tasting shrimp salad, this recipe is for you! Easy Italian Shrimp Salad is a classic seafood dish you can enjoy eating any time of the year. Loaded with shrimp plus 5 additional ingredients, it’s jam-packed with fresh flavor, making this our go-to recipe for shrimp salad!

Our Mom’s Shrimp Salad…

  • This recipe for shrimp salad is so incredibly simple to make, all you need is some shrimp, lemon juice, celery, carrots, red onion, and a touch of mayo.
  • Our easy Italian shrimp salad is extremely light because it’s not made with a lot of heavy mayonnaise to weigh it down. 
  • It is an easy recipe but makes a big impression! 
  • And it is a great seafood salad to serve for lunch or dinner.  If you enjoy seafood salads, you may want to try our shrimp and calamari salad; it too is delightful!

So be sure to check it out.

Easy Italian Shrimp Salad by 2sistersrecipes.com

What Ingredients go into our Shrimp Salad?

  • Shrimp – fresh shrimp from the fish market works best, and for the best flavor.
  • Vegetables – fresh celery, carrots, and red onion gives the fresh flavors and crunch to our salad.
  • Lemon juice – use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor. We do not recommend using bottled lemon juice, since it is loaded with additives and doesn’t offer a fresh flavor.
  • Salt – use sea salt or kosher salt works best.
  • Mayonnaise – you will only need 2 tablespoons for our recipe.
  • Sugar – a small amount of sugar to balance out the acidity.
A silver bowl with all the ingredients for the shrimp salad. by 2sistersrecipes.com

I can honestly tell you that everyone who tries our mom’s Easy Italian Shrimp Salad – loves it, hands down! 

It’s not only a delicious-tasting salad, but it is low calorie and low fat.  What could be better?

Plus, 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!

Easy Italian Shrimp Salad by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

How to Make our mom’s easy Italian Shrimp Salad?

Once the shrimp is cooked, the rest is easy!

  1. First, you’ll need some fresh or frozen shrimp that’s been cleaned, rinsed, and deveined.
  2. Next, bring a pot of water to boil, and toss in the shrimp. Cook the shrimp until it turns opaque-pink.
  3. Drain the shrimp.
  4. Toss the shrimp into a bowl, add all the ingredients and toss to combine.
  5. Then chill the shrimp salad for a few hours before serving. That’s it!

TIPS for the best Easy Italian Shrimp Salad…

  • Try serving this delicious shrimp salad as an appetizer, alone or on top of some crusty bread.  It’s perfect when entertaining with family and friends, and especially while dinner is getting prepared. 
  • Cover with clear wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for at least a few hours before serving. This will allow the shrimp to marinate and become juicy and flavorful.
  • Always serve it chilled.

How Long Can You Keep Shrimp Salad?

  • You can make shrimp salad up to two days ahead of serving.
  • It is best to store shrimp salad in a sealed container and kept chilled for up to 2 days, refrigerated.

Can We Freeze Shrimp Salad?

  • We do not recommend freezing shrimp salad. It is not a dish that will keep its fresh taste after it has been frozen.
  • Seafood salads are best to serve the day it’s made.

Zesty and full of flavor, our recipe for shrimp salad is a tried and true recipe!

Simple. Easy. Delicious!

Also, try our Fresh Cod Fish Salad and our Summer Lobster or Shrimp Rolls!!  You might enjoy our favorite Seafood Salad.  They too are positively delicious!

Have a great day!

Try this recipe, it won’t disappoint!

ENJOY!!

Easy Italian Shrimp Salad by 2sistersrecipes.com

Easy Italian Shrimp Salad by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

A few more easy and delicious seafood salads…

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Easy Italian Shrimp Salad

Easy Italian Shrimp Salad by 2sistersrecipes.com

Easy Italian Shrimp Salad is a classic seafood dish you can enjoy eating anytime of the year. Shrimp salad is amazingly light, delicious and makes a big impression!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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 large lemon - juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • sea salt or kosher salt
  • optional: fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Clean and devein shrimp, cut off, and discard tails.
  2. In a bowl, run cold water over the shrimp and rinse well for a few minutes. Drain in a colander.
  3. Fill a medium-size pot with water, and bring water to a low boil on the stovetop.
  4. Add the shrimp, and boil the shrimp for about 3 minutes, until the shrimp have turned pink.
  5. Drain shrimp in a colander for a few minutes, and allow it to cool.
  6. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, add the celery, carrot, red onion, mayonnaise, sugar, and lemon juice.
  7. Add the shrimp, some salt, and pepper to taste. Mix until well combined.
  8. Cover with clear wrap and refrigerate for a few hours before serving. This will allow all the flavors to marinate with the shrimp. Best served chilled.
  9. Serves 4 to 6

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 to 6 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 2.9gCarbohydrates: 4.3gFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1.4gProtein: 17.4g

Any questions? Ask away! If you try our easy Italian shrimp salad recipe, let us know and leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

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It makes us happy to see what you cook!  🙂

The recipe was originally posted in 2011. The recipe is exactly the same, only a few photos have been updated.

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Happy and Healthy Cooking  🙂

…and thanks for stopping by!  

xo anna and liz

 

 

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83 Comments

  • Reply
    sherry M
    April 14, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    oh delish! i love a prawn salad. happy easter.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      April 15, 2022 at 12:22 am

      Thank you so much, Sherry! Have a blessed Easter!

  • Reply
    Kitchen Recipe
    December 31, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks For Sharing This Amazing Post… love it <3

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      December 31, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply
    hevan
    December 3, 2020 at 6:58 am

    Such an amazing Italian salad recipe for beginners. This is really so easy to understand and make it home. I really love it. Thank you for sharing such an amazing recipe.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      December 3, 2020 at 10:23 am

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Reply
    Alex
    November 23, 2020 at 5:17 am

    It looks super delicious, shrimps in a salad are so delicious.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      November 23, 2020 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you, Alex! Welcome to our blog, and it’s nice to meet you! 🙂

  • Reply
    Karel
    November 17, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Italian food is always give me a separate taste as it is healthy for everyone. When it comes to salad, Italian choice is good one. I really enjoy this great and easy recipe of Italian salad. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      November 17, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      You’re welcome Karel. Have a great day! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jimi
    November 2, 2020 at 11:05 am

    I love Italian salad and this article is really helpful for me. A great and easy guide to make Italian shrimp salad. Thank you for sharing this amazing article.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      November 2, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      You’re welcome Jimi! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jemmi
    September 12, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    This really looks yummy. Thank you for sharing it. Really love it.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      September 12, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks so much, Jemmi!

  • Reply
    JackieM
    May 12, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Just want to verify, one of the ingredients listed was sugar, but not in the instructions. Should the sugar be added? Thanks!!!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      May 12, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      YES! Thank you Jackie for pointing that out. I will go in and edit that! Thanks so much!!
      Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  • Reply
    [email protected] is How I Cook
    March 13, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    An oldie but goodie. And a classic!

  • Reply
    Susan
    July 9, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Oh my, this looks wonderful!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      July 11, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks so much!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      July 11, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      Thank Susan! Hope your having a wonderful summer!

  • Reply
    Greg Haver
    July 1, 2018 at 6:16 am

    One of my favorite Italian shrimp recipe I ever tasted. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      July 4, 2018 at 9:45 am

      Thanks so much Greg!! Have a great day!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    June 13, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I'm wondering why this dish looks so good!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    February 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

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

    • Reply
      annaliz
      February 22, 2017 at 3:51 pm

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

  • Reply
    Aline
    January 17, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Great recipe. Thank you for showing this.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      January 17, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      You're welcome Aline!

  • Reply
    LINDA
    July 22, 2016 at 11:12 am

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

    • Reply
      annaliz
      January 17, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      Charlene we hear you- same with us! Thanks!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      January 17, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      Glad to hear LINDA!! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Michonne
    July 19, 2016 at 10:36 am

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

    • Reply
      annaliz
      January 17, 2017 at 11:36 pm

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

  • Reply
    Charlene
    July 19, 2016 at 10:16 am

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

    • Reply
      annaliz
      January 17, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks Charlene – we hear ya – same with us!

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      April 21, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you Anthony for your kind words!

  • Reply
    Anna
    April 16, 2016 at 11:49 am

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

    • Reply
      annaliz
      April 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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

  • Reply
    Kathy
    April 16, 2016 at 10:12 am

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

    • Reply
      annaliz
      April 16, 2016 at 1:59 pm

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

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      April 14, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Your welcome Abigail! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    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 🙂

    • Reply
      annaliz
      April 2, 2016 at 1:51 pm

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

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      February 26, 2016 at 7:13 pm

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

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

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

    • Reply
      annaliz
      January 2, 2016 at 7:21 pm

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

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      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.

  • Reply
    JoeBR
    July 2, 2015 at 7:02 am

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

    • Reply
      annaliz
      July 5, 2015 at 9:28 pm

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

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      March 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      You're welcome! And thank you!

  • Reply
    Kitchen Belleicious
    October 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    DIVINE! Perfect and easy for weeknight dinner

    • Reply
      annaliz
      October 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Hey thanks! And yes we think so too!

  • Reply
    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 🙂

    • Reply
      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

  • Reply
    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

    • Reply
      annaliz
      May 4, 2014 at 9:49 pm

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

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      May 4, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you Adri!! Un bacione!

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    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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    [email protected] 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!!

  • Reply
    Joanne
    May 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

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

  • Reply
    annaliz
    September 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

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

  • Reply
    Tricia
    September 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    So pretty and fresh looking. Good one.

    • Reply
      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.

    • Reply
      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!!

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    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

  • Reply
    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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