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Creamy Shrimp Salad – Appetizer or Main Dish

This creamy shrimp salad is one of the most delicious yet simple meals I make. In fact, it has the perfect balance of seafood taste and creaminess to make your taste buds happy.

Creamy shrimp salad on a bed of spinach leaves and tomatoes

If you like shrimp, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy this dish. You can serve it as an appetizer or as a meal.

I like to have it as a meal served on a bed of greens—either lettuce or spinach. You can also garnish it with something red, like tomatoes or beats.

Sometimes I like to add Old Bay seasoning. I would have done it this time, but unfortunately, I was out of it.

So I went without it. It still tastes delicious.

Creamy Shrimp Salad Ingredients

You’ll need a bag of frozen shrimp. I like the extra small ones because you can eat each one in a single bite. You’ll also need mayonnaise, celery, and sweet pickle relish.

Bag of frozen shrimp, celery stalks, mayonnaise, and sweet relish are the ingredients for a creamy shrimp salad

If you enjoy a little extra spice, add some Old Bay seasoning. I’ve discovered that this ingredient is excellent on almost any seafood. In fact, you can even use it on chicken or pork for a burst of deliciousness.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by clicking on the “print” button.

How to Make a Creamy Shrimp Salad

Thaw the shrimp overnight in the refrigerator. I always put the still-sealed bag in a bowl because it will probably leak once the shrimp thaw.

The next day, drain the shrimp and pour them into a medium-sized mixing bowl.

Shrimp in a bowl

Next, add the celery. Other things you can add are pepper, capers, olives, or whatever else you like.

Shrimp and celery in a bowl

Add the mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish. If you’re adding Old Bay, do it now.

Mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, and celery added to shrimp to make creamy shrimp salad

I kept it simple this time. However, I’ve been known to experiment with a lot of different items.

Mix the ingredients until all of the pieces of shrimp are well coated. Serve on a bed of lettuce and add some tomatoes for extra color and nutrition.

Creamy shrimp salad on a plate with spinach leaves and tomatoes

We enjoy eating this shrimp salad with crackers. However, it’s also good with garlic bread or crusty French bread.

More Delicious Recipes

I often serve with this shrimp salad is either chicken and rice soup or this yummy turkey chili. It’s a nice blend of flavors and is very filling.

You can also serve it with herb skillet bread from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.

For dessert, you can keep it light with this lemon meringue pie. Or help yourself to one of these flourless peanut butter cookies.

Shrimp salad on a bed of spinach leaves with tomatoes

Creamy Shrimp Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This creamy shrimp salad is easy to make, delicious, and nutritious.


  • One 12-oz. bag of frozen extra small shrimp, cooked, tails removed, and deveined
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup of chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning (optional)


    1. Thaw and drain the bag of shrimp to remove excess moisture. Pour it into a medium-size mixing bowl.
    2. Add the mayonnaise, celery, and pickle relish.
    3. If you want a little extra seasoning, add the Old Bay seasoning.
    4. Mix well, until all of the shrimp and celery pieces are coated.
    5. Serve on a bed of lettuce or spinach. Garnish with tomatoes.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 203Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 14mgSodium 307mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 1g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Miz Helen

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

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