by Olena

Healthy Shrimp Salad

by Olena

Healthy Shrimp Salad can be enjoyed year round. With a glass of cold drink in summer, serve at a holiday table or meal prep for easy lunches. And don’t forget about camping, boating and picnics.

Healthy Shrimp Salad in a bowl

Easy Shrimp Salad

Amidst healthy Instant Pot meals we seem to make every other day, I like to vary our menu with classics like shrimp salad. To add variety and flexibility to our menu.

This healthy cold shrimp salad recipe is fantastic on a hot summer day, as an appetizer during winter months or as a lunch year round. It is relatively affordable for a shrimp dish, takes 15 minutes to make and satisfies all your creamy salad cravings.

And I have to add, as an avid local and organic food enthusiast, that this salad with shrimp is the best way to take advantage of small in size wild shrimp.

How to Make Shrimp Salad

You need 15 minutes to make this salad with shrimp.

You start with shrimp. I highly recommend to buy cooked shrimp. It saves so much time. Look for small in size shrimp. In fact, the smaller the better because you will have to chop it anyways.

Healthy Shrimp Salad ingredients include cooked shrimp, yogurt, cucumber, apple, spices, mayo

31-40 count is good. Here, on Vancouver island, we often get local wild Pacific shrimp for a good price. It is perfect. It even smells of the sea really strong.

Then you want to dice your veggies. The smaller the better. You can use apple or cucumber to add a crunch and freshness. I do not peel either but you can. You can also seed cucumber to avoid extra moisture if you plan on meal prepping the salad.

And full disclosure – I was out of celery and fresh dill that goes so well with a shrimp salad. And it still turned out fantastic. You can really mix and match.

diced Healthy Shrimp Salad ingredients in a glass bowl

For the best shrimp salad dressing, I use plain yogurt. It has to be with at least 2% fat content. I usually buy whole milk or Greek.

If you see whey separated yogurt when you open the container, it’s perfect. Less liquid in your salad. Just scoop and measure the yogurt part.

Then I like to add a touch of mayo because yogurt is not mayo. And simple seasonings like garlic powder, mustard, salt and pepper.

You can add a bit of minced red onion. I do if I make salad for home use. For the office, onion and fresh garlic maybe not such a good idea.:)

Healthy Shrimp Salad

Ideas to Serve Healthy Shrimp Salad

While shrimp salad might not be an obvious family meal, I love a good shrimp salad for its versatility. We just can’t be caring about the children all the time, right?!

  • Sandwich: Add shrimp salad on top of toasted whole grain bread lined with as many lettuce leaves as you can handle.
  • Cucumber bites: Serve as an appetizer on top of cucumber slices – like here.
  • Pasta salad: Cook 1 cup of whole wheat or gluten free pasta and mix with shrimp salad.
  • Avocado: Cut avocado in half and fill openings to the brim for a low cal, low carb and keto friendly shrimp salad.
  • Crackers: Pick up whole grain crackers and serve salad as an appetizer.
  • Tomato: Hollow out tomato and stuff with shrimp salad.

Healthy Shrimp Salad sandwich

How Long Does It Last?

Refrigerate shrimp salad in an airtight glass container for up to 3 days. I do not like to store creamy food in plastic. Full disclosure – wild shrimp salad smells. It doesn’t mean it went bad, it’s just shrimp smells. So, tight seal helps.

More likely you will see liquid accumulated at the bottom on day 1-2. Could be from not seeded cucumbers and yogurt. It’s normal. Just drain it.

Can I Freeze Leftover Shrimp Salad?

No. Shrimp and yogurt do not freeze well.

Enjoy this healthy shrimp salad!

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Healthy Shrimp Salad

Healthy Shrimp Salad can be enjoyed year round. With a glass of cold drink in summer, serve at a holiday table or meal prep for easy lunches. And don’t forget about camping, boating and picnics.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: North American
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb cooked shrimp, small or chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 small apple or 1/3 English cucumber, diced
  • 3/4 cup plain (Greek) yogurt, 2% fat and higher
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tbsp Dijon or yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add shrimp, celery, apple, yogurt, mayo, mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Stir gently to combine.
  3. Refrigerate at least 15 minutes before serving.

Store: Refrigerate shrimp salad covered for up to 3 days. Drain liquid accumulated at the bottom if necessary.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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