Lemon Garlic Shrimp Salad

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Salad is a healthier version of classic comfort food using plain yogurt, celery, carrots, chives, dill and spices on a buttery brioche roll.

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I’m always looking for new salads to serve during the warm summer months. And while I love chicken salad, crab salad and egg salad, sometimes I just want to mix things up a bit.

That’s where this Lemon Garlic Shrimp Salad comes in. It’s full of fresh flavors, easy to prepare and great for taking to potlucks of all kinds.

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What You’ll Love About This Recipe

There’s just something about a simple salad that everyone loves. Here are a few reasons we love this lemon garlic shrimp salad:

  • Fresh ingredients – With veggies like carrots and celery, juicy shrimp and fresh herbs like chives and dill, this shrimp salad recipe is perfect for spring and summer.
  • Quick and easy – Besides cooking the shrimp and allowing it to cool, you can have this succulent shrimp salad ready in no time at all.
  • Versatile – You can turn this shrimp dish into a complete meal, or serve it as a side alongside just about anything. The options are endless.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Salad Ingredients

These simple ingredients are super easy to find at your local grocery store if you don’t already have them on hand.

  • Shrimp – This recipe works best with medium sized shrimp. I prefer to use fresh shrimp, but you can use frozen as long as it’s thawed. Make sure they are peeled and de-veined. Salad shrimp (the tiny ones) are also an option.
  • Salt and pepper – I use a blend of coarse kosher salt and white pepper. If you want to take the spice level up a notch, you can swap it for black pepper.
  • Plain Greek yogurt – This goes without saying I’m sure, but make sure your yogurt is plain and not flavored. This is a healthier substitute for mayo.
  • Carrot – You can buy the pre-shredded version at the store, or shred your own at home,
  • Celery – Celery adds not only a nice crunch but also great flavor to our shrimp salad.
  • Garlic – You can’t have lemon shrimp without the garlic, right? We want this grated to get the best flavor.
  • Lemon – We will use this for both the zest and the juice. You can also serve your shrimp salad with a few lemon wedges for extra flavor. You can also take this up a notch with our preserved lemons recipe.
  • Herbs – I chose to use a blend of fresh chives and fresh dill. But you can feel free to experiment with other herbs that you love.
lemon garlic shrimp salad ingredients

How to Make Lemon Garlic Shrimp Salad

Whether made as a main course for a flavor-packed meal or an easy side, this shrimp recipe is super easy to make.

  1. Cook shrimp. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add coarse kosher salt. Add the shrimp and boil for a few minutes or until they turn opaque and pink.
  2. Allow to chill. Remove shrimp and add to a bowl with ice to cool down fast. Drain well on a paper towel lined plate and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. Combine ingredients. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, carrot, celery, garlic, lemon zest, fresh lemon juice, chives, dill, salt and white pepper.
  4. Add shrimp. Toss the shrimp in the yogurt mixture.
  5. Enjoy. Serve on lettuce cups, as a side dish or on a buttery croissant.

How to Serve Lemon Garlic Shrimp Salad

There are plenty of fun ways to serve this shrimp salad. If you’re trying to stay healthier and low carb, serve it in a romaine lettuce wrap. You can also serve it on a bun sandwich style, or even on a nice slice of crusty bread as a main dish.

This simple recipe pairs well with just about anything. You can serve it with a nice side salad, a bowl of gazpacho or tomato soup or any other simple sides for an easy weeknight meal.

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Variations

We like this shrimp salad recipe exactly as written, but there are plenty of ways you can make it your own.

  • Extra veggies – You can always add in your favorite things like extra veggies. Red onion, yellow onion, bell peppers or english cucumber would all add great flavor to this shrimp mixture.
  • Add some heat – If you like your salads to have a little heat to them, throw in some red pepper flakes, black pepper or even a dash of hot sauce to take things up a notch.
  • Herbs – In addition to the chives and dill, you could also add things like green onions or fresh parsley to really add to the flavor.

Storage and Freezing

Storage: You can store any lemon garlic shrimp salad leftovers in an airtight container. Make sure to store in the refrigerator and it should last up to two days.

Freezing: Celery doesn’t thaw particularly well, and if you bought frozen shrimp, it shouldn’t be frozen again. Therefore, I do not recommend freezing this salad.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is shrimp salad made of?

This recipe is made up of a combination of shrimp, Greek yogurt, carrots, celery, garlic, lemon, fresh herbs and salt and pepper.

What goes with shrimp salad?

Check the section above for serving suggestions, but this salad goes with just about anything! Serve it as a main meal or a side.

How long does homemade shrimp salad last in fridge?

This lemon garlic shrimp salad will last about two days in the refrigerator. Make sure to store in an airtight container.

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Lemon Garlic Shrimp Salad

5 from 9 votes
Lemon Garlic Shrimp Salad is a healthier version of classic comfort food using plain yogurt, celery, carrots, chives, dill and spices on a buttery brioche roll.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Shrimp:

Shrimp Salad Dressing:

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt. Add the shrimp and boil for 2-3 minutes or until they turn opaque and pink.
  • Remove shrimp and add to a bowl with ice to cool down fast. Drain well and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, carrot, celery, garlic, zest of lemon, fresh juice of lemon, chives, dill, salt and white pepper.
  • Toss the shrimp in the yogurt mixture.
  • Serve on lettuce cups, as a side dish or on a buttery croissant.
  • If you've tried this recipe, please come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings.

Nutrition

Calories: 143 kcal, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Protein: 19 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 222 mg, Sodium: 1294 mg, Potassium: 253 mg, Sugar: 4 g, Vitamin A: 1635 IU, Vitamin C: 9.5 mg, Calcium: 193 mg, Iron: 1.9 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 143
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shrimp salad recipe
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. I’ve never tried that brand, but it looks fabulous. My kids just started eating shrimp and I feel like it’s opened up a whole new world of recipes.

  2. This looks like something my husband would love. He loves shrimp and anything lemon flavored. I’ll have to make this for him.

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe looks delicious, and the sauce sounds great. I have a shrimp loving friend who will be SUPER happy to see this.

  4. Looks great and flavorful. Yogurt mixed with quality ingredients is the perfect way to get flavor without all the calories.

  5. This looks similar to a delicious shrimp sandwich from Cosi that I dearly love, I love shrimp and can’t wait to recreate this, pinning!