Summer Seafood Pasta Salad
This recipe is mostly a guideline. Use shrimp, crab, crawfish tails, or chunks of fish as available or desired."This was amazing. I was looking for something cool to make when our A/C went out and it was 97 degrees outside. This was so incredibly delicious. Kids and hubby all ate it up!!" - BimboBaggins
Yield: 6 Servings Ready in 45 minutes
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|SEAFOOD PASTA SALAD|
|1 poundPasta; - Shells, Farfelle, or other|
|1 poundFresh crabmeat; - or imitation|
|1 poundShrimp; - frozen salad shrimp|
|4 largeScallions; - diagonally sliced|
|1 mediumYellow pepper; - or orange|
|4 largeHard-boiled eggs; - optional|
|10 mediumCherry tomatoes; - cut in half|
|2 tablespoonsolive oil|
|2 clovesGarlic; - crushed|
|1/2 bunchFresh italian parsley|
|1 cupolive oil|
|1 teaspoonGarlic; chopped|
|1 teaspoonDry italian seasoning|
|1 dashsalt; to taste|
|1/4 teaspoonBlack pepper|
Summer Seafood Pasta Salad Preparation
How to Prepare Salad
Cook pasta and cool in a glass bowl. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add shrimp and saute until the shrimp are pink and tender...about three minutes. Add scallions and garlic to shrimp and toss lightly. Remove heat and set aside. You can skip this step if you are using frozen, cooked shrimp.
Cut peppers into 1-inch pieces. Cut tomatoes in half and cut three boiled eggs in slices. Add peppers, tomatoes and eggs to the pasta. Add 1 pound of fresh crabmeat that has already been checked for shells into bowl with pasta. Add cooked shrimp, scallions and garlic mixture to the bowl with pasta. Pour dressing over salad and toss until mixed. Garnish with parsley and refrigerate.
How to Prepare Dressing:
Pour 1/3 cup vinegar, 1 cup olive oil, 1 tsp. chopped garlic, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste into a jar with a lid. Shake and pour over salad. Alternatively you can use bottled Italian dressing.
Allow salad to marinate for at least 30 minutes while chilling. Serve cold on a bed of lettuce.
Use mayo, cider vinegar, sugar, salt & pepper to make a thin coleslaw dressing,
Frozen peas and carrots can also be added to this salad if desired.
This is a great hot-weather dish. I generally try to get as many different colors into the dish as I can.
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