Shrimp Salad

Shrimp salad…sigh…how can something so right be done so often so wrong? It’s so simple. The perfect summer lunch on a crusty french baguette, with a glass of Rose and some nice fruit, sitting on the deck…well you get my drift.

So here’s the deal, I’m from Florida. That said, I’m a little particular about my shrimp. I can’t think of anything that bugs me more than overcooked shrimp. Well, I can but that’s another story.

Shrimp is easy people, shrimp is your friend. Add to a sizzling hot pan with a kiss of olive oil and saute for 2-3 minutes and you’re done. Drizzle in garlic butter toss with some pasta and you’ve got a meal baby!

If you have any left over you can make shrimp salad. Or you can boil your shrimp. Bring lots of salty water to a rolling boil, add some zataran’s and boil your shrimp for 3 minute’s exactly. Then plunge into ice to stop the cooking and start your salad.

It’s so easy. Here ya go:

  • 1 lb peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 2-3 lemons-I like a lot of lemon
  • fresh dill
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp mayonnaise
  • 1 stick celery diced

Prepare your shrimp and DO NOT overcook. If boiling-3 minutes tops. If grilling or sauteeing, 1 minute on each side should be fine if your grill or pan is hot enough.

Cool shrimp completely. Chop up into rather large chunks. Add lots of dill. Lots.

Add a generous amount of salt and pepper. Don’t be shy. In a small dish mix together mayo and the juice of 2 lemons, I like a real lemony flavor, you can use 1 lemon if you want. Chop up celery and add to shrimp and then toss with dressing.

I brought mine to pic-nic  with friends and listen to some music Creekside in Mill Valley tonight. It was perfect stuffed into a hunk of crusty french bread.

Nothing like good friends, good music and good shrimp salad:-)



  1. mom

    June 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I want one right now!

    • mj

      June 24, 2012 at 2:10 am

      Thanks Mom. My #1 Fan!!

  2. Eileen Williams

    June 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I’d love to come to your picnic! But you also make DIY sound easy and fun!

    • mj

      June 24, 2012 at 2:09 am

      Thanks Eileen!!

  3. Joan Wittmer

    June 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Love to get your recipes. Have tried two already. GREAT!!!! Thanks.

    • mj

      June 24, 2012 at 2:09 am

      Thanks Joan! I appreciate you reading the blog:-)

  4. Sharon Howze

    June 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    The shrimp salad sounds great! I know that I’ll be serving to my Tampa bridge group in August! Please add me to your mailing list. Thanks, Mary Jo.

    • mj

      June 24, 2012 at 2:08 am

      Thanks Sharon, so glad you like it! You just have to “subscribe”
      and then you will get updates. I don’t think i can do it for you! Hope your bridge group enjoys:-)

  5. Lisa

    June 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Just made some- going to take it to the park and enjoy the lovely day! Thanks for the idea and recipe!


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