Shrimp Salad Recipe

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Shrimp salad

This shrimp salad recipe is very versatile and it's something you can put together pretty quickly any time.

There are no 'rules' as to what you put in and the choice of presentation is yours.

As you can see, from this photo, I've arranged my salad around the outside in a pattern but it in no way makes any difference to the taste :-)  

The salad vegetables here are pretty common ingredients - salad leaves, bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumber and onion - a pack of shrimp can be kept in the freezer and you'll always have the makings of the shrimp cocktail sauce to use as a dressing.

Shrimp Salad Recipe


  • Lettuce or mixed leaves
  • 1 bell pepper - cored and sliced - your choice of color
  • tomatoes - one per person, cut into wedges
  • cucumber - sliced
  • red onion - sliced and separated into rings 
  • shrimp - peeled, cooked and defrosted
  • shrimp cocktail sauce
  • lemon wedges
  • paprika to garnish - optional

Defrost your shrimp in good time, then pat them dry.

Make your shrimp cocktail sauce.

Arrange your salad leaves on a serving plate or dish and then add the other ingredients in any pattern you fancy.

Pile the shrimp on top and then add a generous amount of sauce.

Serve this with some crusty bread and butter or you might like to have some buttered new potatoes to make it a substantial meal.

Depending on your appetite and budget, I would recommend half to a full cup of shrimp per serving. I buy a pound pack of frozen shrimp and for two of us, I use half the bag which is a generous serving size. 

You will need two tablespoons of cocktail sauce per portion.

The link in the recipe takes you to an 'easy' method of making sauce plus a short video on how to make real mayonnaise and the quantities you will need.

As a change add some drained canned corn, shredded carrot, diced beetroot, sliced radish, cooked kidney beans, chickpeas - anything you would normally add to a salad, you can have here.

You could dice all your salad veggies, making it more like a chopped salsa.

You could also mix the shrimp into the sauce prior to piling it on top.

I like to finish off with a sprinkle of paprika for a lovely smoky flavor and to add color to the dish.

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Shrimp Salad Recipe

By , Mar 30, 2016

Shrimp Salad Recipe

This shrimp salad recipe is very versatile and it's something you can put together pretty quickly any time.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Yield: 2

Main Ingredient: shrimp, lettuce or mixed leaves