Pasta Salad With Shrimp

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This pasta salad with shrimp is perfect for meal prep. You can take this for lunches, eat it for dinner with no reheating, or bring it to parties and gatherings. It’s delicious, fresh, and packed with wholesome ingredients everyone will love!

Awesome pin showing the finished pasta salad with shrimp at top and bottom.

Here’s what you’ll need to make shrimp pasta salad at home:

Making this easy pasta salad recipe at home is quick and simple. Here is a list of ingredients so you can grab them the next time you go to the store!

Pasta salad on a fork ready to be served
  • 1 16-ounce box of ditalini pasta
  • 1 package of Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing 
  • 1 pound of large shrimp or ½ pound of medium shrimp
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs
  • 3 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 1 large avocado
  • ¼ cup bacon
A close up shot of the finished pasta salad in a bowl ready to be eaten

What is ditalini pasta?

Ditalini pasta is the pasta typically used in pasta e fagioli style recipes and soups. It is small tubes of pasta that are really great for soaking up flavors and adding texture to any dish.

Literally translated it means “small thimble” and that’s accurate since this has been described as thimble like pasta and short macaroni. It’s a sturdy pasta that looks great for pasta salad so we’re using it. If you decide you want to use a different kind of pasta, that’s okay too.

A top down view of the finished pasta salad with shrimp in a bowl ready to eat.

If you need to make a gluten free pasta salad you can substitute any kind of gluten free pasta that you’d like! It will come out well and taste the same no matter which shape of pasta you use.

How to make pasta salad with shrimp:

All the ingredients are in a bowl ready to be mixed up.
  1. Add pasta to 6 quarts of lightly salted water. Cook according to the instructions on the bag. Remove pan from stove and drain the water. 
  2. Rinse and cut tomatoes in half and set aside.
  3. Chop up the eggs and set aside.
  4. Cut cheeses into small strips and set aside to be added to the pasta salad later. 
  5. Slice avocado and then cut slices into thirds and set aside.
  6. If desired, you can cut your shrimp in half or leave whole, either way they’re a delicious addition to this simple pasta salad.
  7. Remove chilled pasta from the refrigerator, it’s time to whip up our yummy salad recipe with shrimp.
  8. Add all of the ingredients to the top of the pasta. You can leave it this way if you want, it looks so nice! 
  9. Add the dressing to this delicious shrimp pasta salad recipe by drizzling it across the top. 
  10. Using a large spoon, toss all the ingredients for your pasta salad with shrimp until well incorporated and enjoy!
Another pin image showing the finished salad in a bowl ready to eat.

You can prep this recipe in advance if you like. I’d wait to add the avocado until the day you are going to use the pasta salad because we all know how avocado likes to get funky when it’s in the refrigerator overnight!

Can I freeze pasta salad?

Pasta that is frozen without sauce or anything added to it is easier to reheat but honestly I prefer not to freeze pasta salad. It gets eaten so quickly in our house it doesn’t make much sense to freeze it and try to reheat it without any of the ingredients getting weird or overcooked.

A top down view of the finished pasta salad with a bowl of a single serving in front ready to be shared.

Do you have any other pasta salad recipes for me to try?

Funny you should ask! I have tons of pasta salad recipes. Hopefully you will like them all. Here’s a list so you can check them out and choose your favorites.

Another pin showing the title of the recipe at the top and the finished pasta salad with shrimp.

Printable Pasta Salad With Shrimp Recipe:

Yield: 12 Servings

Pasta Salad With Shrimp

Pasta Salad With Shrimp

This pasta salad with shrimp is perfect for meal prep. You can take this for lunches, eat it for dinner with no reheating, or bring it to parties and gatherings. It's delicious, fresh, and packed with wholesome ingredients everyone will love!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce box of ditalini pasta
  • 1 package of Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 1 pound of large shrimp or ½ pound of medium shrimp
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs
  • 3 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 1 large avocado
  • ¼ cup bacon

Instructions

  1. Add pasta to 6 quarts of lightly salted water. Cook according to the instructions on the bag. Remove pan from stove and drain the water.
  2. Rinse and cut tomatoes in half and set aside.
  3. Chop up the eggs and set aside.
  4. Cut cheeses into small strips and set aside to be added to the pasta salad later.
  5. Slice avocado and then cut slices into thirds and set aside.
  6. If desired, you can cut your shrimp in half or leave whole, either way they’re a delicious addition to this simple pasta salad.
  7. Remove chilled pasta from the refrigerator, it’s time to whip up our yummy salad recipe with shrimp.
  8. Add all of the ingredients to the top of the pasta. You can leave it this way if you want, it looks so nice!
  9. Add the dressing to this delicious shrimp pasta salad recipe by drizzling it across the top.
  10. Using a large spoon, toss all the ingredients for your pasta salad with shrimp until well incorporated and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12 Servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 179mgSodium: 715mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 20g
I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.
A forkful of the delicious salad ready to be eaten

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