Ina First Fridays: Shrimp Salad

Honestly, I don't think you can beat Ina's shrimp salad. Love, love love it. Such a simple recipe, but I always have compliments when I serve it. It sits in the fridge until you're ready to serve, in fact sitting in the fridge helps meld the flavors. I like to serve it in a radicchio cup with some tomatoes and hard boiled eggs. Perfect for summertime....a great supper and a super lunch for company.

Ina's Shrimp Salad
From Barefoot Contessa Parties, 2001


4 pounds large shrimp in the shell (16 to 20 shrimp per pound)

1 lemon, cut into quarters

2 cups mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
6 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
1 cup red onion, minced
3 cups celery, minced

Bring 5 quarts of water, 3 tablespoons salt and the lemon to a boil in a large pan. Add half the shrimp, reduce heat and cook uncovered for only 3 minutes or until shrimp are barely cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and immerse in cold water. Bring the water back to a boil and repeat with remaining shrimp. Let cool, then peel and devein the shrimp.

In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper and dill.
Combine with the shrimp. Add the red onion and celery and check the seasonings.

Serve or cover and refrigerate for a few hours.


Ina Fridays participants:
Chaya @  Bizzy Bakes
Linda,  @ Tumbleweed Contessa
Mary @ The Egg Farm
Minnie @ The Lady 8 Home
Patti @ Comfy Cuisine
Rocky Mountain Woman @ Rocky Mountain Woman


  1. I agree, you can't beat a shrimp salad. Your presentation is lovely Barbara and adds a lot of color to the shrimp.

  2. I love your double-yolk egg! This sounds like a great salad.

  3. Love shrimp salad!
    So Summer to me.

  4. I agree that Ina's shrimp salad is the best!! We love it year around but especially in the summer.


  5. Fresh and tasty! A wonderful spring/summer salad.



  6. I agree - it's gorgeous - yours looks fab!

  7. These shrimps look great Barbara...simple and so easy...the way I like it!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe...hope you are enjoying your week :D

  8. This looks really delicious to me! I've never tried Ina's shrimp salad recipe and when we buy shrimp it usually never makes it into salad. I've got to try this one, though!

  9. I absolutely love Ina's recipes but I have never tried this one. My husband loves shrimp salad so I'm going to have to try it and surprise him.

  10. I love shrimp so much :)
    Love in salads!

  11. I am with you! This shrimp salad looks divine!

  12. Ina's recipes are always winners and I have to make her shrimp salad. Thanks Barbara.

  13. I believe you, the salad and Ina! Men, that loos so good!
    :) ela@GrayApron

  14. Nice choice Barbara! "Who doesn't like shrimp salad" as Ina would say!

  15. Shrimp salad is perfect for summer! I love that it can be prepared ahead of time. :)

  16. Beautiful color. This is an awesome salad.


  17. Oh my. I look forward to having an excuse to make this!

  18. Such a simple dish and yet so tasty. Hmm, I've got some dill in the fridge...

    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits

  19. Any recipe with the word Ina catches my attention. And this is no exception. Sounds delicious and I'm pinning it to try later.

  20. I have bookmarked this to try for our next Ina Friday post. Or may be I shouldn't wait that long.

  21. Beautiful choice, Barbara. I'd love to have a few friends to lunch and serve this. It seems like a perfect old school luncheon dish. A little Chardonnay would be the perfect "side!" What surprises me is the boiled shrimp; Ina usually roasts her shrimp. Happy Cinco de Mayo; I'm just getting back home and visiting our Ina blogs after a trip with girlfriends to the Outer Banks. Sigh--LOVE THAT BEACH!

  22. This looks delicious Bobbie :)



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