Shrimp Pasta Salad - Waco Style

Michelle Waco


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***

★★★★★ 9 votes
20 Min
15 Min
Stove Top

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
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.



1 lb
bay shrimp, pre-cooked and shelled
16 oz
elbow macaroni, cooked and cooled (smaller is best)
green bell pepper, diced
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)


1Boil noodles as directed on package (around 9-11 minutes);immediately rinse in cold water to stop further cooing.
2Prep 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.
3Add in the shrimp, veggies, parmesean cheese, and salad dressing. Stir thoroghly, and add seasonings to taste.
4If desired,garnish with a sliced hard boiled egg,grape tomatoes and chopped green onions.
Chill for 30 minutes, minimum,for best flavor before serving.

About Shrimp Pasta Salad - Waco Style

Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Collection: Picnic Picks!
Other Tag: Quick & Easy