Southern Shrimp Salad

May 22, 2024 - Country Cooking

Southern Shrimp Salad is super easy and flavored with a little Old Bay and fresh dill. Serve this creamy shrimp salad on a bed of bibb lettuce for an easy and elegant low-carb lunch or on a buttery croissant with lettuce and tomato. Either way it is absolutely delicious!

How To Serve

This recipe will serve about 4 for lunch but it can easily be doubled or even tripled. It’s a great lunch to make when you’re on a summer beach trip and you have access to super fresh shrimp. It hardly takes any time to prepare. Serving it over a bed of lettuce with some Club Crackers is the most traditional way to serve it. Some fresh ripe tomato slices are a great addition. It can also be used as a filling for a sandwich or a wrap.

How To Make

To make Southern Shrimp Salad, first cook the shrimp with a little apple cider vinegar and Old Bay seasoning. The vinegar should make the shrimp easier to peel. Let them cool and then peel them.

Combine the shrimp with a mixture of mayonnaise and fresh lemon juice. Add some red onion and celery for crunch and Old Bay and chopped fresh dill for seasoning.

Make Ahead and Storage

It tastes a little better if made about an hour before serving and refrigerated. It will keep in the fridge for 2 to 3 days (shrimp is highly perishable), if it lasts that long. 

Recipe Tip

Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to spice it up a little.

More Shrimp Recipes

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Garlic Butter Shrimp

Spicy Party Shrimp

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Southern Shrimp Salad

Southern Shrimp Salad is super easy and flavored with a little Old Bay and fresh dill. It’s so creamy and makes a wonderful summer lunch.
Course Lunch
Cuisine Southern
Keyword Seafood
Prep Time 20 minutes minutes
Total Time 20 minutes minutes
Servings 4
Calories 413kcal


1.5 pounds medium shrimp unpeeled6 cups water2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar2/3 cup mayonnaise1 tablespoon lemon juice1/3 cup finely diced red onion1/3 cup finely diced celery1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill


Place shrimp in a saucepan. Add water, Old Bay, and vinegar. 
Place over medium-high heat. Stir frequently. When shrimp have turned completely white, they are done. You may see 1 or 2 start to float. This is a sign that they are done. The water may not come to a boil. Do not worry about this. You do not want the shrimp to overcook. If you are unsure, pick one up and gently squeeze it. It should feel firm.
Run cold water over shrimp to stop cooking. Let cool and then peel shrimp.
If shrimp are on the larger side, cut them in half or thirds.
In a medium bowl, stir together mayonnaise, lemon juice, onion, celery, and Old Bay.
Add shrimp and mix them in. Sprinkle dill on top.
If desired, Sprinkle a little more Old Bay on top. Serve immediately or refrigerate.


Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used. 


Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 290mg | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 2mg

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Originally posted July 13, 2018.

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