Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Bacon Shrimp Pasta Salad

Bacon Shrimp Pasta Salad is your favorite summer side take to the next level with succulent shrimp and smoky  bacon. It is a new favorite side dish for your barbecues, potlucks and parties! In fact, this pasta salad is the perfect summertime dinner.
Cold pasta salad recipes are great for the warmer weather months. Creamy pasta salad can be loaded up with vegetables, proteins and fresh herbs for flavorful side dishes or satisfying meals.

Pasta salad is also great for meal prep! This Bacon Shrimp Pasta Salad would be wonderful for grab and go lunches.

Bacon Shrimp Pasta Salad

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Bacon Shrimp Pasta Salad

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Helpful Tips to make Bacon Shrimp Pasta Salad:

  • As a shortcut I use frozen shrimp that is already peeled, deveined and cooked. If you are using raw shrimp, just boil until shrimp turn pink and are a loose ‘C’ shape.
  • Add in extra veggies to bulk up this pasta salad even more. Fresh peas, tomatoes, spinach, zucchini, cucumbers or broccoli would all be great additions.
  • Use your preferred pasta. I like the large bow tie pasta for this salad because they are similar in size to the shrimp. But, most any pasta will work just as well.
  • I prefer to cook bacon in the oven. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick. Lay bacon flat on pan. Bake at 375ΒΊF for approximately 15-20 minutes.

What you will need to make Bacon Shrimp Pasta Salad:

  • Large Colander- You will need this to drain the pasta and shrimp.
  • Sharp Knife- This recipe requires some chopping. A good, sharp knife is always handy to have in the kitchen.
  • Measuring Cup- You want to get the dressing measured and mixed up completely before adding into the pasta salad.


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Bacon Shrimp Pasta Salad

Bacon Shrimp Pasta Salad
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Bacon Shrimp Pasta Salad

Bacon Shrimp Pasta Salad will be a new favorite side dish for you barbecues, potlucks and parties! Pasta salad is taken up a notch with shrimp and bacon. In fact, this pasta salad could easily be a summertime dinner.


  • 16 ounces bow tie pasta - cooked according to package instructions, drained & cooled
  • 16 ounces large cooked frozen shrimp (deveined & peeled) - thawed & rinsed
  • 12 ounces cooked bacon - chopped
  • 4 celery stalks - chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper - seeded & chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion - finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Handful fresh parsley - chopped


  1. In large bowl, combine all salad ingredients.
  2. Whisk together all dressing ingredients until fully combined.
  3. Pour dressing over pasta salad. Gently toss until salad ingredients are evenly coated with dressing.
  4. For best results, refrigerate 2+ hours before serving.

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1 comment:

  1. Family enjoyed the salad. It's a keeper for us. I have a few suggestions. I cooked 12 ounces of pasta, but used about 8 ounces. I'll have to make more salad. What a problem to have. LOL. My serving size was seven family members. You can't go wrong with making adjustments depending on your serving size. From past experiences, I always need extra dressing after the refrigation time. I believe the pasta soaks up the dressing, so make more dressing and you will probably have a little left over. Give the recipe a try. It has great flavor and presentation. You can't go wrong with shrimp and bacon.


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