Summery Shrimp and Pasta Salad

This one is simply stunning - a very pretty salad and the epitome of fresh summer flavors.


Summery Shrimp and Pasta Salad

8 oz uncooked medium-size shell pasta
1 lb peeled medium-size cooked shrimp (31-40 count)
1 large nectarine, cut into thin wedges or small cubes
1 cup chopped cucumber
Fresh raspberries
Lemon-Herb Dressing with Mint and Tarragon (below)

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add 1/2 C dressing, tossing to coat. Stir in shrimp, nectarine, and cucumber. (I used a pound of fresh little ruby red shrimp, bought already peeled and deveined. Boil some water, toss them in for 5 minutes, and they are ready!)

On individual salad plates, arrange a serving of arugula and top with a scoop or two of shrimp and pasta salad. Garnish with raspberries and drizzle with more dressing.

Gorgeous, summery, lemony, light, delish!

Here's the dressing:
Lemon-Herb Dressing with Mint and Tarragon

1/3 C canola oil
3 T chopped fresh mint
1 T chopped fresh tarragon
1 T honey mustard
1 t lemon zest
1/4 C fresh lemon juice
1 t salt
1/2 t dried crushed red pepper

Whisk all ingredients together until blended.


Fresh herbs are a must in this dressing!


Southern Living Annual Recipes 2009 scores again! Enjoy!

Note: I used penne pasta because that's what I had, but little shell pasta would be better.

See more Mouthwatering Monday recipes over at Rachel's!


The Urban Cowboy said...

Yummy! I need to move closer to you, that way I can come over and be your official taste tester whenever you do a recipe post. :)

Liz Mays said...

That just oozes freshness!

Michelle Smiles said...

This sounds amazing. I might have to give this a try soon.

Melinda said...

What a perfect summer dish!

Rebecca at Toothwhale said...

Wow, Amy. This looks so good. I like all the individual ingredients, but I wouldn't have thought to put them together. The fresh herb dressing ... I think I can smell it now. Gorgeous photos, too. Thanks for sharing this find.

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