Thursday, May 10, 2012

Shrimp Pasta Salad - Waco Style


Shrimp Pasta Salad - Waco Style
1 lb bay shrimp, pre-cooked and shelled
16 oz elbow macaroni, cooked and cooled (smaller is best)
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 can(s) can sliced ripe olives, drained (3 7/8 oz
2-3 md celery ribs, diced finely
1/2 md 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)
Boil noodles as directed on package (around 9-11 minutes);immediately rinse in cold water to stop further cooing.
Prep 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.
Add in the shrimp, veggies, parmesean cheese, and salad dressing. Stir thoroghly, and add seasonings to taste.
If desired,garnish with a sliced hard boiled egg,grape tomatoes and chopped green onions.
Chill for 30 minutes, minimum,for best flavor before serving.
From Kitchen of:
Michelle Waco
Michelle's Notes:
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.


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