This Greek Shrimp Pasta Salad recipe will be a hit on the bbq and picnic circuit this summer!

It’s time for summer salads and this bright and tangy salad is loaded with salad veggies and mixed with a creamy Greek dressing! Add some delicious and slightly crunchy shrimp for a tasty twist on this classic. And it’s best served ice cold for a refreshing and delicious addition to any summertime table.

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  • Make pasta salad with shrimp as a hearty side dish or a light main dish. Add it to the top of a bed of crunchy greens, or make a grab-and-go pita sandwich or wrap.
  • Store-bought Greek dressing is good to keep on hand as it does double duty as a marinade or can be mixed into sour cream as a tangy dip!

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Ingredients and Variations

PASTA: Heavier pastas like rotini, farfalle (bowtie), penne, or medium-sized macaroni are the best shapes for the dressing to cling to and are roughly the same size as the other ingredients.

SHRIMP: Medium shrimp (36 – 41 per lb), frozen or canned are affordable and accessible. Bay shrimp are uber-small and often found in cold salad preparations. Flakes or chunks of smoked salmon, crab, or chunks of lobster are also good choices in this recipe.

VEGGIES: Colorful and crunchy cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, and olives make this a truly Greek dish! Zucchini, sundried tomatoes, sliced red onions, and kalamata olives are also excellent switches.

CHEESE: Feta is a popular Greek cheese that comes in cubes or crumbles. Bleu cheese crumbles and shaved parmesan are excellent substitutions if feta isn’t available.

DRESSING: Greek dressing can be either creamy or a vinaigrette. Either will do. Mayonnaise can be switched out for Greek yogurt to save a few calories if desired.

How to make Pasta Salad with Shrimp

Toss a little shrimp into this pasta salad for a new twist on a classic recipe.

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Prepare vegetables (as per the recipe below).
  3. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  4. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  5. Garnish with crumbled feta cheese and cracked black pepper.

PRO TIP: Mix the Greek dressing and mayonnaise together before adding to the rest of the ingredients in Step 4.

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Serving Suggestions

This great salad goes with other summer favorites like lime grilled chicken kabobs, sweet and spicy crock pot ribs, air fryer frozen burgers, and quick and easy chili. Complementary veggie sides are roasted broccolini, air fryer green beans and bacon, and some fluffy easy dinner rolls.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

Be sure to cook pasta to ‘al dente’ so it holds up with the other ingredients. Rinsing it in cold water after draining will stop the cooking process and rinse off excess starch.

Dress the salad with only as much needed to coat the ingredients. Chill and add more dressing before serving, if desired. Save remaining dressing in a cruet or jar in the refrigerator for future recipes.

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Greek Shrimp Pasta Salad

Tender pasta, juicy shrimp and all of your favorite Greek salad veggies make the perfect side or meal!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly


  • 12 ounces medium pasta uncooked, farfalle or penne
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 4 ounces medium shrimp canned or frozen*
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sliced black olives or kalamata olives


  • ½ cup Greek dressing bottled
  • ½ cup mayonnaise


  • Bring salted water to a boil, add pasta and cook according to package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, chop the vegetables. Set aside.
  • Once pasta is cooked al dente, drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour. Garnish with additional feta cheese if desired.


For a lighter tangier salad, use Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise.
If using frozen shrimp, ensure the shrimp is cooked. If the shrimp is not cooked, it can be seasoned and cooked in butter or oil on the stove just until it turns pink.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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