Shrimp Pasta Salad

Shrimp Pasta Salad is going to become your new go-to for summer picnics and potlucks. With tender bits of shrimp, fresh veggies, and the fact that it is so easy to put together and take on the go, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite recipes of the season! Using shrimp in classic dishes…

Shrimp Pasta Salad

Shrimp Pasta Salad is going to become your new go-to for summer picnics and potlucks. With tender bits of shrimp, fresh veggies, and the fact that it is so easy to put together and take on the go, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite recipes of the season!

Using shrimp in classic dishes like pasta salad gives it an extra boost of delicious flavor and texture. You can use shrimp in so many ways- grilled, in a skillet, or pasta!

Shrimp pasta salad being mixed in a bowl

Cold Shrimp Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are always there for you. It is so easy to whip some up for the masses right before a potluck, with no hassle storage and transportation. But it is time to give your salad an upgrade and bring in light, summery flavors like fresh dill, lemon, and shrimp! These simple ingredient swaps are sure to make your pasta salad a crowd-pleaser. This quick and easy Shrimp Pasta Salad still comes together in minutes, but will impress your friends and family with its refined, zesty flavor!

I always love finding new pasta salad recipes because they really are the most versatile side dish. The best part is that you can add your own personal touches to your salad, whether it is a certain type of pasta, herb or vegetable! For more inspo, take a look at my Tuscan, Meditteranean, and Mexican pasta salads for more delicious variety!

What You Will Need to Make Shrimp Pasta Salad

All you need are a few fresh ingredients to put this amazing pasta salad together!

  • Rotini Noodles: I like using rotini noodles because they are fun to eat and the sauce gets trapped in the corkscrews, allowing for each bite to be flavorful!
  • Celery: Diced into very small pieces.
  • Red Bell Pepper: Adds sweetness and crunchy texture to your salad.
  • Red Onion: With a slight kick, this will give your salad an amazing brightness and add to the texture.
  • Cooked Salad Shrimp: Precooked shrimp makes this recipe even easier to put together. I like using small shrimp to match the size of the noodles and veggies. If you want more meat, you can opt for large or jumbo shrimp instead. Like with other kinds of seafood, if your shrimp smells like ammonia or has a slimy, sticky coating on the outside, it should not be used.
  • Mayonaisse: Will add a creaminess to your dressing.
  • Juice and Zest of Half a Lemon: Fresh is best!
  • Chopped Dill: Adds perfect summery zest to your pasta.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste.

Making Your Shrimp Salad

Making this pasta salad is so quick and easy, it is perfect for on the go families!

  1. Boil: Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Cook Your Pasta: Cook noodles according to package directions, then drain and rinse.
  3. Combine: In a large bowl, add the noodles, celery, bell pepper, red onion, and shrimp.
  4. Sauce: In a separate small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, lemon juice and zest, dill, and salt and pepper.
  5. Mix: Pour sauce over the top of the pasta and stir everything to combine.
Shrimp pasta salad ingredients in bowl before mixing

Quick Tips For Making the Best Shrimp Pasta Salad

If you really want to wow at the potluck, try out these tips to make your pasta salads taste even better!

  • Pasta: You can swap out rotini for another pasta that is small with deep grooves for holding sauce. I recommend also trying penne, fusilli, or cavatappi!
  • Adding Sauce: Adding sauce to your pasta salad while it is still warm helps it absorb flavor.
  • Texture: Since pasta hardens as it cools down, you can cook your pasta for an extra minute before preparing the salad. But make sure not to overcook your pasta or else the noodles will fall apart when mixing your ingredients together.
  • Spices: Adding a pinch of chili powder or cayenne can give your pasta salad a delicious Cajun twist!
  • Salt Pasta Water: Adding extra salt to your water when cooking pasta will help it to have extra flavor!
  • Raw Veggies: Adding raw veggies to your pasta salad will create a beautiful, colorful salad but also give you amazing texture and nutrition.
Shrimp pasta salad ingredients being mixed in a small bowl

What to Serve with Your Salad

For seafood lovers- my favorite food to pair this salad up with is salmon for a complete summer meal. It also goes great with other BBQ favorites like turkey burgers and grilled chicken! Serve with beef skewers for a selection of appetizers you and your family will not be able to get enough of! The bright, zesty flavors in this Shrimp Pasta Salad are so versatile, they will complement an array of different foods.

Awesome Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Juicy Grilled Garlic Turkey Burgers

Teriyaki Beef Skewers

Up close photo with shrimp pasta salad and two wooden spoons in the salad.

Storing Shrimp Pasta Salad

  • Refrigerator: Cooked shrimp will last up to 3 days in an airtight container. The best part about pasta salad is that it can be eaten right out of the fridge! Whether it is for a quick meal, soccer practice, or a midnight snack, this pasta salad is ready.
  • Freezer: While pasta salad is best served within the first few days of making it, you can also store it in the freezer in a ziplock bag with pasta and any dressings separated. It will last for up to 3-4 months. Before serving, thaw in the fridge for a few hours. Note that if you are making your pasta salad with any cream products like sour cream or mayo, they may separate when thawed.

Shrimp pasta salad in serving bowl

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Shrimp Pasta Salad

This Shrimp Pasta Salad is going to become your new go-to for summer picnics and potlucks. With tender bits of shrimp, fresh veggies, and the fact that it is so easy to put together and take on the go, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite recipes of the season!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword shrimp pasta salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 231kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound package rotini noodles
  • 1 cup celery finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion finely diced
  • 1 12 ounce package cooked salad shrimp thawed

For the dressing:

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • Juice and zest of half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons dill chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook noodles according to package directions, then drain and rinse.
  • In a large bowl, add the noodles, celery, bell pepper, red onion, and shrimp. In a separate small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, lemon juice and zest, dill, and salt and pepper.
  • Pour over top of the pasta and stir everything to combine.

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 362IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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These delicious Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts combine some buttery Shortcrust Pastry Shells baked in a Mini Muffin Tin, a tangy Lemon Curd filling and a sweet toasted French Meringue topping. These classic mini lemon meringue pies are perfect for a party, birthday or Holiday dessert table! Why we love this Recipe These Mini Lemon Meringue... Read More The post Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts appeared first on A Baking Journey.

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

These delicious Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts combine some buttery Shortcrust Pastry Shells baked in a Mini Muffin Tin, a tangy Lemon Curd filling and a sweet toasted French Meringue topping. These classic mini lemon meringue pies are perfect for a party, birthday or Holiday dessert table!

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Why we love this Recipe

These Mini Lemon Meringue Tartlets are always a crowd-pleasing treat. They are so crunchy, buttery, gooey, tangy yet sweet... they are the perfect bite! Perfect for a party, gathering or Holiday, these mini lemon tarts are sure to be loved by all of your guests.

Just like my Lemon Curd Tartlets, these Lemon Meringue Tartlets combine a homemade buttery and crispy Shortcrust Pastry (Pâte Sablée) baked inside a Mini Muffin Tin to create Mini Tartlet Shells and filled with a Tangy Lemon Curd. They are then topped with a lightly toasted sweet French Meringue to bring some sweetness.

Both the pastry crust and lemon curd can be prepared in advance too and combined on the day with the meringue.

Piping the meringue over the lemon curd filling.

Ingredients

These Lemon Meringue Bites combine three separate elements.

Since we are making mini lemon pies, you can also add some extra Lemon Zest into the pastry crust if you want!

Tartlets on a grey surface.

How to make Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

There are three main steps to make these Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts. Both the mini pie crusts and the lemon curd filling can be prepared in advance, but the meringue needs to be added last minute as it tends to melt.

Mini Tartlet Shells

For this recipe, I used my classic French Pâte Sablée (Shortcrust Pastry) recipe but you could also use a Pâte Sucrée (Sweet Shortcrust Pastry) if you want. Or simply buy a pre-made shortcrust pastry if preferred!

This pastry can be made by hands by I personally love to make it in the food processor as it is much quicker, cleaner and easier. You can find the step-by-step instructions to make it by hands here.

You can ready more about using a muffin tin to make mini tartlet shells here.

Process Shot Collage: making the tartlet shells.

Lemon Curd Filling

The Lemon Curd Filling can be prepared while the pastry is chilling in the fridge, or once the shells are baked.

Process Shot Collage: making the lemon curd filling.

French Meringue Topping

Just before the mini lemon tarts are ready to be served, prepare the meringue topping. I don't recommend adding the meringue too much in advance because it will start to melt rather quickly.

Process Shot Collage: making the french merignue.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use store-bought tartlet shells?

Absolutely, if you can find some mini pie shells and don't want to make your own pastry, you can use pre-made ones.

Do I need a special Pan/Tin?

No, I simply used a Mini Muffin Pan! If you don't have a mini muffin pan, you can also make a larger version of these mini lemon meringue tarts by using a regular Muffin Tin like I did for these Lemon Curd Tartlets.

Can I use pre-made Lemon Curd?

Again, absolutely! I personally prefer to make my own lemon curd as it allows me to control the level of tanginess/sweetness and often find store-bought ones to be too sweet. But using pre-made one is a simple way to create these Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts much more quickly!

What if I don't have a kitchen torch?

You will get the best results with a kitchen blow-torch, but if you don't have one, place the tartlets under the broiler in your oven for a couple of minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on them as they might start to burn (and/or melt) quite quickly.

Tartlet on a grey surface with toasted meringue.

Tips & Tricks

Storing & Freezing

Both the Lemon Curd Filling and Mini Tarts Shells can be prepared in advance and assembled on the day. The Lemon Curd can be stored for 3 days in the fridge and the baked tartlet shells for 24 hours at room temperature (they will last longer but you will get the best texture when used within 24 hours).

Alternatively, the tartlet shells can be frozen either raw or baked - but I recommend to freeze them unbaked for the best texture.

The Mini Tartlet Shells filled with Lemon Curd should be kept in the fridge for up to 24 hours. The Meringue Topping should be added just before serving the Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts for the best results. That's because the meringue will start to melt when placed in the fridge.

One bite taken off a mini tart with lemon curd pouring out.

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Mini Lemon Meringue Tartlets

These delicious Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts combine a buttery Shortcrust Pastry Shell baked in a Mini Muffin Tin, a tangy Lemon Curd filling and a sweet toasted French Meringue topping. These classic mini pies are perfect for a party, birthday or Holiday dessert table!
Course afternoon tea, Dessert
Cuisine French
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 25 tartlets
Calories 132kcal
Author A Baking Journey

Ingredients

Mini Tart Shells

  • 250 gr (1 2/3 cup) Plain / AP Flour
  • 50 gr (1/2 cup) Icing Sugar or powdered sugar - sifted
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 120 gr (1/2 cup) Unsalted Butter very cold
  • 1 Egg at room temperature

Lemon Curd

  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 100 gr (1/2 cup) Caster Sugar or fine white granulated sugar
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) Lemon Juice about 3 Lemons, plus zest to taste
  • 75 gr (5 tablesp.) Unsalted Butter

Meringue

  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 25 gr (2 tablesp.) Caster Sugar or fine white granulated sugar

Instructions

Mini Tart Shells

  • Place the Flour, Icing Sugar and Salt in the bowl of your Food Processor and pulse to combine (see note 1 if making by hands). Add the cold Butter cut into small cubes, then blend until get very small crumbs.
  • Add the Egg (optionaly prewhisked separately) and slowly pusle until a dough starts to come together (see note 2).
  • Assemble the pastry into a large ball, place between two sheets of baking paper and roll into a large disk about 2 to 3mm (1/16 to 1/8 inch) thick. Place on a flat tray and leave in the fridge to chill and rest for at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours.
  • Using a Round Cookie Cutter, cut out small disks of pastry at least as wide as the openings of the mini muffin tin. Gently slide the pastry inside the mini muffin tin and press on the bottom/edges to remove any air bubbles. Dock the pastry (poke the bottom with a fork) then place back in the fridge to rest for at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat your oven on 160'C/325'F and place the pastries in the freezer in the meantime. Line each patry with a small piece of crunched up baking paper and fill with baking weights, dried beans or rice. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the weights and baking paper and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until fully baked (see note 3). Set aside to cool down.

Lemon Curd

  • Place the Egg Yolks, Sugar and Lemon Juice& Zest in a small pot. Whisk to combine then turn on low heat. Whisk for a few minutes or until the liquid starts to slightly thicken and the sugar has dissolved - about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Slowly add the very Cold Butter cut into small cubes, a little bit at the time. Whisk until melted and combined before adding more.
  • Cook on low heat for 5 to 15 minutes or until the curd has thickened, making sure to continuously whisk (see note 4). Taste and adjust the level of sweetness if required. Pour through a thin-mesh sieve to remove any lumps.
  • Pour straight away inside the cooled down pastry shells (see note 5) then place in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours before serving.

French Meringue

  • Place the Egg White and Salt in the clean bowl of your Mixer (or a large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer). Whisk on medium low to medium speed until you reach very soft peaks, slowly increasing the speed.
  • When the egg white resembles the consistency of shaving cream, slowly add the Sugar a little bit at the time while whisking, then increase the speed to high and keep whisking until you reach stiff peaks (see note 6).
  • Transfer the Meringue into a Piping Bag fitted with a small Star-Shaped Nozzle (or the piping nozzle shape of your choice) and pipe over each mini tart.
  • With a kitchen blowtorch, toast each meringue until lightly golden and serve straight away (see note 7).

Notes

General Disclaimer: I highly recommend using the measurements in grams/ml (instead of cups/spoons) for more accuracy and the best results.
Yield: depending on the size of your mini muffin pan and how thick/thin you roll the pastry, you will get 20 to 30 mini lemon meringue tarts.
Instruction Notes:
  1. If making by hands, follow the same instructions but cut the butter into the dry ingredients either by hands (rubbing the butter and dry ingredients between your palms/fingers until you get fine crumbs) or with a pastry blender.
  2. Stop mixing as soon as part of the pastry comes together to avoid overworking the dough. If you press some lumps of pastry together, they should stick. If too dry, add a little bit of very cold water. If very sticky, add a little bit more flour.
  3. Depending on your oven and the thickness of the pastry, it could take more or less time for the shells to be fully baked. They should feel dry to the touch, be slightly golden and come easily out of the pan.
  4. The time it will take for the curd to be cooked will depend on the heat of your stove. You should always cook a curd on very low heat to avoid burning it or getting lumps. To know the curd is cooked, dip the back of a spoon in and draw a line in it with your finger (be careful, it will be hot). Tip the spoon down; if the line stays clear, the curd is ready. If the curd drips down over the line, it needs to cook for longer. You can also check the temperature of the curd to know if it is cooked. It should be around 80 to 82'C / 175 to 180'F. 
  5. Alternatively, place in a clean jar and store in the fridge. When ready to use,  slightly reheat the curd in the microwave for a few seconds to make it more fluid. It will be easier to fill the shells.
  6. The meringue should look shiny and glossy. If you rub a little bit of meringue between your fingers, you shouldn't feel any grains of sugar anymore.
  7. The meringue should be added last minute as it will start to slowly melt quickly (and especially if put in the fridge). If you don't have a kitchen blowtorch, you can place the tartlets under the broiler of your oven for 2 to 3 minutes - but make sure to keep an eye on it to check they are not burning or melting.

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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