Simple & Light Pasta and Shrimp Salad with Lettuce

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pasta and shrimp salad on top of a piece of lettuce on an oval plate

Shrimp Salad, Potato Salad, Tuna Salad Oh My!

I’m going to share my simple & light pasta and shrimp salad with lettuce recipe today. I am such a fan of chicken salad, potato salad, tuna salad, well basically anything with mayonnaise. Because I love mayo-based salads, I had to figure out a way to lighten them up if I was going to continue eating them.

I have been cutting the amount of mayo that is called for in my recipes by half. So if a recipe calls for 1 cup of mayo, I now use a 1/2 cup. I also cut that 1/2 up into 1/4 cup olive oil mayo and 1/4 cup of Whole Unflavored Greek Yogurt. I hope that makes sense. If you add lemon juice to the recipe it seems to make up for the lack of all mayo. It works every time.

Interestingly enough I haven’t found a recipe yet that wasn’t just as creamy by using this method.

Cutting board with the ingredients for Pasta and Shrimp Salad layed out. Ther are Salad Noodles, Peas, Green onions, shrimp, salt, pepper, dill and lemon juice all in glass bowls or dishes.

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Other kinds of Salads

I love salads for lunch. I could eat them every day. Typically I just tear up some lettuce, add some veggies and a hard-boiled egg, and top with one of my homemade dressings. Sometimes I will make myself a Caesar Salad with Chicken. Probably my all-time favorite. You can find my recipe HERE.

I also have another blog post with 5 more amazing salad recipes. You can find that HERE

Pasta Tip

Do not overcook the pasta as it will fall apart when you’re mixing all your ingredients. Cook it al dente (one less minute than the package directions).

Light Pasta & Shrimp Salad

Cold Shrimp and Pasta Salad
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: light shrimp and pasta salad, shrimp and pasta salad, shrimp salad, shrimp salad with lettuce
Servings: 10 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked salad pasta noodles Or other small pasta
  • 12 oz peeled and deveined cooked small shrimp I buy already cooked
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil Mayonaisse
  • 1/2 cup Whole Unflavored Greek Yogurt
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • lettuce leaves



  • Cook pasta according to package directions then drain. Cool down with some cold water and let drain.


  • Coursely chop the shrimp
  • In a large bowl add the pasta, shrimp, peas, green onions, mayo, yogurt, lemon juice and spices. Mix together well.
  • Serve on a large piece of lettuce
pasta and shrimp salad on top of a piece of lettuce on an oval plate. There is a white napkin with a fork on it to the right of the plate and a clear glass stemless glass with water and ice right above.
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Stock up on the Salad Fixin’s

I know that I will be stocking up on my salad fixings for my 30-Day Cleaning and Organizing Challenge. When I’m super busy working around the house, I want to keep the momentum going with my what I’m eating too! Clean House – Clean Eating!

I for sure will have my Simple & Light Pasta and Shrimp Salad with Lettuce in the fridge so I can grab a quick lunch during my day! I hope you enjoy it!


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  1. This looks delicious, and I can’t wait to try it! Pasta and Shrimp are 2 of my favorite things!

    1. It’s really good, better than the full mayo version, in my opinion.