Shrimp Pasta Salad – Delicious Brunch Recipe

When it comes to brunch, there’s something truly special about a dish that perfectly blends freshness, flavor, and a touch of indulgence. This shrimp pasta salad brunch recipe fits this bill perfectly for many families, especially mine. Bursting with succulent shrimp, crisp vegetables, and a tangy, creamy dressing, this dish is a delight to the taste buds and a versatile crowd-pleaser that can be enjoyed on lazy Sunday mornings or during celebratory gatherings. Further, here’s a delectable recipe that’s sure to become a cherished favorite in your family:

SHRIMP PASTA SALAD – DELICIOUS BRUNCH RECIPE

shrimp pasta salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 ounces pasta (such as fusilli or penne)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (choose your favorite color)
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lastly, Grated Parmesan cheese & Lemon Wedges for garnish

The Dressing For Shrimp Pasta Salad:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (Blue Plate)
  • One tablespoon Greek yogurt plain
  • One tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • One tablespoon of Sweet Pickle Relish
  • One tablespoon Dill Pickle Relish
  • One tablespoon honey
  • One clove of garlic, minced
  • Two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lastly, Cajun Seasoning (optional)

Instructions:

Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.

  1. Prepare the Shrimp: Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Season the shrimp with salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning, then add them to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until they turn pink and opaque. Remove from heat and let cool. DO NOT OVERCOOK
  2. Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, honey, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and a bit of cajun seasoning until well combined. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  3. Assemble the Salad: In a large mixing bowl, combine the pasta, cooked shrimp, cherry tomatoes, sweet relish, dill relish, chopped red onion, peppers, chopped parsley, and diced avocado. Gently toss to mix.
  4. Add the Dressing: Pour the prepared dressing over the pasta, shrimp, and vegetable mixture. Stir until everything is evenly coated with the dressing.
  5. Serve: Arrange a bed of mixed salad greens on a serving platter or individual plates. Spoon the shrimp pasta salad mixture over the greens. Garnish with lemon wedges and additional chopped parsley if desired.
  6. FINALLY! Enjoy: If desired, serve the shrimp salad immediately, accompanied by crusty bread or toasted baguette slices. This dish pairs beautifully with a glass of chilled white wine or a refreshing mimosa.

Wine Pairing Recommendations:

When it comes to pairing wine with shrimp pasta salad, you’ll want to choose a wine that enhances the dish’s flavors without overpowering them. Below are a few wine selections that pair beautifully with this dish:

  1. Sauvignon Blanc: With its crisp acidity and vibrant fruit flavors, Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent choice to accompany shrimp pasta salad. The wine’s citrusy notes and herbal undertones complement the freshness of the shrimp and the zesty dressing.
  2. Pinot Grigio: Another refreshing option, Pinot Grigio, offers delicate fruit flavors, balanced acidity, and a clean finish. Its light-bodied nature won’t overshadow the subtle flavors of the shrimp and vegetables, making it a perfect match for this dish.
  3. Chardonnay: Pair an unoaked or lightly oaked Chardonnay with shrimp pasta salad. The wine’s rich texture and notes of green apple and citrus provide a lovely contrast to the creamy dressing and the sweetness of the shrimp.
  4. Rosé: Consider pairing shrimp pasta salad with a rosé wine for a more versatile option. Rosé’s crisp acidity, fruity notes, and refreshing finish indeed make it a delightful companion to the salad’s vibrant flavors.

With its vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and satisfying textures, this shrimp pasta salad brunch recipe is sure to become a beloved tradition in your family gatherings. Whether enjoyed as a leisurely weekend brunch or as a light lunch on a sunny afternoon, this dish is bound to leave everyone asking for seconds. Finally, with the right wine pairing, your shrimp pasta salad can transcend from a simple dish to a gourmet experience that delights the senses and satisfies the soul. Whether you opt for a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, a refreshing Pinot Grigio, a balanced Chardonnay, or a versatile rosé, choose a wine that complements the salad’s flavors and enhances your dining experience.

So gather your loved ones, whip up a batch of this delightful salad, and savor the joy of good food and great company. Equally important, uncork a bottle of your favorite… pour up the wine to pair, and savor the exquisite combination of shrimp pasta salad and fine wine. Cheers to culinary bliss!