Simple Lemony Shrimp Salad. Plump shrimp and diced crunchy celery all enrobed in a bright lemony dressing.
Is “Lemony” really word? I’m not sure but in the world of food I tend to make up a lot of words to describe how good something is and today that word is “Lemony”.
This Simple Lemony Shrimp Salad is easy to make. Its super light and fresh and makes the perfect meal for all you shrimp and lemon lovers out there like myself. And when I say simple I mean simple!! We’re talking chilled, cooked shrimp, diced celery, some lemon zest, lemon juice and mayonaise. That’s it.
When it comes to salads with mayo everyone has an opinion. My dad likes so much mayo you don’t see what you’re actually eating, lol. I tend to like mine on the lighter side, I still want to see the food beneath the coating of mayo based dressing. So that is how I approached this salad and the addition of the lemon juice and zest lightens the dressing right up not to mention adds a wonderfully bright flavor to this salad. Not pucker worthy mind you, that would be too much lemon but just enough! The celery, diced finely, adds a nice crunch and is that perfect balance between the lemony dressing and plump shrimp. Speaking of shrimp, a good shrimp should be firm, plump and snap in your mouth with each bite! I like to ice my cooked shrimp before cutting them up and adding them to the salad. This salad is best served cold and having ice cold shrimp really makes a difference.
So next time you’re in the mood for shrimp, salad, lemons or all of the above give this Simple Lemony Shrimp Salad a try!!
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Simple Lemony Shrimp Salad
- 1 cup cooked shrimp chilling in an ice bath this is 11-12 medium shrimp
- 2 Tbsp diced celery
- 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- garnish as desired this is optional
- In a medium bowl add the celery, mayonnaise, lemon zest and lemon juice. Whisk to combine, set aside.
- Remove shrimp from ice bath, gently dry them off.
- Roughly cut the shrimp, I cut each shrimp into fours. You want the shrimp in chunks.
- Add the shrimp to the dressing, stir to combine, chill for 15 minutes (or more if making ahead of time).
- Garnish plate (optional) as desired and serve (I used lettuce, mango and strawberries) and serve.
I did not salt and pepper this salad but that can be changed per your taste. My shrimp were already salty enough and I didn't feel the pepper was needed.
To save time you can buy cooked shrimp for this salad.
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says
This looks so simple and delicious! That’s the best kind of food, in my opinion. I have plenty of shrimp (and lemon) lovers in my life so I know this recipe will come in handy. Have a great weekend Stacey!
Thanks Kelsie! Yes, simple and delicious are the best kind. So glad you liked the salad. Take care.
I love how simple this is, yet elegant! And lemony is totally a word, in my opinion 😉 I love shrimp, and am always looking for new ways to use them. Pinned for later! Have a great weekend.
Hi Katherine! Lemony should be in the dictionary 😉 . Shrimp are so versatile and light I always have them on hand (well in the freezer). Take care.
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
I think lemony is a word! And if it isn’t, then it should be!!! 🙂 This shrimp salad looks so light and delicious and perfectly lemony!
Hi Kathy! So glad you liked the salad, its become a weekly lunch here at home. Take care.
This is everything I’m craving right now and it’s only 10am! So fresh, bright and pretty. That’s a stunning springy plate of food! And if springy’s a word (is it?) then lemony must be too! 🙂
Hi Annie! No worries, I eat non-breakfast food at 10am all the time 😉 . I consider springy a word definitely! Take care.
This salad would be so pretty at a ladies lunch or bridal shower! It’s beautiful!
Hi Mimi! I agree, this would be great at a ladies lunch or bridal shower. So glad you like the salad 🙂 . Take care.
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
Lemony is DEFINITELY a word… at least in my world it is. 😉 I feel like I make up words a lot though, so maybe I’m the wrong person to chime in here. Lol. And OMG, the whole mayonnaise debacle! Everyone DOES have an opinion on that huh? Me personally? I like salads like this any which way. With mayo, without. I really don’t care as long as it’s tasty and creamy, I’m GAME! This looks just fabulous, Stacey! This simple shrimp salad is the type of thing I could eat daily! Love the bright lemony flavor! Cheers, friend!
Hi Cheyanne! I make up a lot of words myself, sometimes I need to just to describe it exactly as I feel it. Simple is always the best and I have been eating this about twice a week myself 🙂 . Take care
Agness of Run Agness Run says
Yummy! Loved the idea for this salad. Can’t wait to give it a try!
Hi Agness! So glad you like the salad, I think you’ll really enjoy it! Take care.
Abbe@This is How I Cook says
Shrimp salad always says spring to me! Perfect for my mouth!
Hi Abbe! Agreed, there’s something so light and fresh about it, spring definitely comes to mind. So glad you like the salad. Take care.
jordan @ dancing for donuts says
YUM!!! i love love love the sound of this for summer – so refreshing and easy to make! i wonder if i could use greek yogurt in place of the mayo? or maybe just sub half…either way, delish!!
Hi Jordan! Thanks, I am so glad you like this salad, it is one of my favorites and actually on the lunch menu today. I can’t speak to the greek yogurt as I haven’t tried it, but greek yogurt will have a little more tartness to it than mayo. Take care.