I have mentioned before how much I enjoy shrimp. For me this shrimp and pasta salad is one of those perfect summertime salads, it can be served as a light dinner with some fresh homemade bread or you can enjoy it for lunch. To make it lighter use fat-free mayonnaise. By all means use fresh ingredients from your garden if possible! This easy salad makes about 9 servings.Shrimp 'n Shells Salad

Shrimp and Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

8 oz uncooked small pasta shells
1 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup buttermilk
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 ½ tsp minced fresh basil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 pound cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
¼ cup frozen peas
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
2 scallions, thinly sliced

Directions:

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking make the dressing. Combine the mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, buttermilk, onion, parsley, basil salt and pepper in a blender; cover and process until blended.

Drain the pasta and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl combine the pasta, shrimp, peas, tomato and scallions. Add dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.Shrimp 'n Shells Salad

Perfect with a glass of wine on the deck!Shrimp 'n Shells Salad

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