Shrimp Pasta Salad - Waco Style

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 9 Ratings
Serves: 8
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


1 lb bay shrimp, pre-cooked and shelled
16 oz elbow macaroni, cooked and cooled (smaller is best)
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 can(s) can sliced ripe olives, drained (3 7/8 oz
2-3 medium celery ribs, diced finely
1/2 medium walla walla onion, diced (any other sweet onion such as vidalia)
1/4 - 1/2 c parmesan cheese, grated (the kraft flavored is nice in this)
16 oz bernsteins light fantastic cheese fantastico salad dressing, to taste
1.5-2 Tbsp tablespoons salad elegance seasoning mix, to taste (i prefer johnny's brand)
black pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
egg, hard boiled and sliced (optional)
green onion, chopped (optional)
grape tomatoes, (optional)

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Michelle Waco Recipe
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Cornelius, OR (pop. 11,869)
Member Since Feb 2010
Michelle's notes for this recipe:
This is my spin on my Mom's famous shrimp salad -adapted for my DH's tastes - which means no mayo or mustard. I tend to sprinkle, pour and shake until the consistency and flavor are to my (our)liking, so please bear that in mind as you make this and adjust the flavor to your liking. **My mom makes this using Knott's Honey Dijon dressing in place of the Berenstein's....and it is great - a bit less of the savory seasonings as it is a different flavor, but DH will NOT eat that one - hence my version. His friends ask for this when we have parties or take trips. **Prep time is boiling of pasta and chopping, Cook time is assembling pasta. Chill time not included as it is not required.****Can make this ahead and increase the serving size for large gatherings easily as it is usually a hit anywhere we take it*** ****Can make this ahead and increase the serving size for large gatherings easily as it is usually a hit anywhere we take it***
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What a tasty treat! We weren't able to find the recommended Salad Elegance seasoning or Bernstein's dressing locally, so we used McCormick Perfect Pinch Salad Supreme and Kraft Parmesan Vinegarette instead. Worked like a dream.


Boil noodles as directed on package (around 9-11 minutes);immediately rinse in cold water to stop further cooing.
Prep all veggies and rinse shrimp removing any remaining shells etc that were missed while pasta boils then rinse and drain pasta so that you begin with a large bowl of cool pasta.
Add in the shrimp, veggies, parmesean cheese, and salad dressing. Stir thoroghly, and add seasonings to taste.
If desired,garnish with a sliced hard boiled egg,grape tomatoes and chopped green onions.
Chill for 30 minutes, minimum,for best flavor before serving.

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user sapa all sapa - Jun 12, 2010
I cannot get Fantastico salad dressing with in fifty miles of were I live any other suggestion in it's place?
user Michelle Waco Mommydiva - Jun 17, 2010
Light cheese fantastico is sort of a savory parmeseqan cheese italian style dressing - so anything you found similar to that may work. As I mentioned above, another option is to use a honey dijon ddressing - my Mom always uses the Knotts honey dijon. :) Hope that helps!!
user Gail Herbest Gaillee - Aug 2, 2010
Thanks for sharing this recipe, I'm the odd man in the crowd because I can not stand mayonnaise or mustard, (don't even like it on my skin lol) so this is perfect!! will be trying it soon :-)
user Michelle Waco Mommydiva - Sep 16, 2010
Gail, my DH can't stand them either...hence this recipe. :) I don't think it is that odd..LOL.
user Gail Herbest Gaillee - Sep 18, 2010
I guess if that's the only thing we don't like it's not to bad, My husband wont eat ANY thing that is mixed,we joke about the 11 foods he likes, except deserts he doesn't have a problem with them :-)

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