I wish I could take credit for this amazing Picnic Shrimp Macaroni Salad recipe, but it’s an adaptation of my step mom’s. I am very blessed to have been raised around some amazing cooks, which is probably why I enjoy creating in the kitchen so much. I adjusted the seasoning measurements a little bit, but the rest of this recipe is all courtesy of Valerie. When my dad was living and healthy, they used to enjoy entertaining and they would both be in the kitchen preparing sides and my dad would be smoking meat on the smoker on the patio and we’d all be standing around in the kitchen telling stories and laughing. I have so many fond memories around their kitchen table and I was always delighted to see this dish on the counter. I have brought it to a few work potlucks and now everyone asks me in advance if I’m bringing shrimp macaroni salad. I’m afraid I can no longer get away with bringing the buns! Do you ever notice when you pass around a potluck list in the office that the chips and the buns are the first to be completed on the list? Is that just in my office?
The star of the show is the shrimp. I don’t buy canned seafood (I’m just not a fan) so I buy frozen and just let them thaw and rinse and drain them before adding them to the macaroni.
I think one of the things I like most about this salad (aside from the shrimp) is all of the fresh ingredients. I love the colors after all of the veggies are chopped up. It’s so pretty!
The sauce is a combination of mayonnaise, dijon mustard, yello mustard and seasonings. It’s a departure from the sauce in a traditional macaroni salad and I like it a lot better. I think it’s the Beau Monde seasoning and the combination of both yellow & dijon mustard. Trust me, it’s a wonderful combination.
This salad is best if you let it sit overnight and then serve it the next day. It’s a great picnic dish, just make sure you set it on a bowl of ice if it’s a warm day. Shrimp sitting out in the hot sun is not a good idea. You can use any pasta you like, but a small cut pasta works better. I like these cute little shells because they are adorable and fun and I like fun food.
Enjoy!!!! If you give this recipe a try, come back and leave a comment and also snap a photo and tag #ketchumkitchen on Instagram so that I can see your creation (and I promise I’ll share it with Valerie.)