About this recipe: Cooked prawns and sea shell pasta are tossed in a soured cream, fresh dill and Dijon mustard mayonnaise with tomatoes, cucumbers and shallots, then seasoned and chilled. Fantastic prawn and pasta salad for a spring or summer picnic or barbecue.
Between reading the reviews and my own experience, I found this clearly is a recipe that needs to be worked with to get it to suit your tastes - and I guess I "worked" with it a lot. For me, I found it a tad heavy on the mayonnaise and light on the seasoning. I added Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt, Penzey's Fox Point Seasoning and a fair amount of salt and pepper, which definitely helped brighten the flavor. As for the too much mayo issue, I'm hoping it might be better tomorrow after it has a chance to set overnight and absorb some of the excess. Further, I agree with other reviewers on a couple of points - one, that the tomato isn't a good choice, particularly if this is going to be made ahead of time, so I left it out - but I threw in some frozen peas instead, which I feel is a far better choice. I also agree that farfalle (pasta in the shape of bow ties) is a nice choice, so I used that instead of the seashell pasta, not that it wouldn't have been good too. Canned shrimp is kind of salty and mushy, so I used frozen, pre-cooked shrimp instead. I used fresh green onion instead of the shallots because I believe the taste and bite of the shallots would have been overpowering. The recipe on its own is perhaps a good base recipe or, if left as it stands, fairly nondescript and ordinary. Four stars with changes like mine, or your own that appeal to you and your tastebuds. - 04 Jul 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This is good recipe but use frozen shrimp not canned! If possible, AVOID shrimp that has been peeled and deveined before freezing. It may cause a loss of flavor and texture (the shells help to protect the meat of the shrimp). I used an entire bag of U36/40 sized shrimp b/c I like a bigger shrimp in my salads. I adjusted the quantities of the veggies in the recipe to 1 c. of celery, 1 c. of cucumber, 4 small tomatoes (which I seeded) and 5 TBS of shallots. I would recommend Farfalle (bow tie) pasta instead of shells and I used more like 12 oz. Shells just seems to trap dressing which can be good or bad depending on your sensibilities. I adjusted the dressing too by adding a TBS of Worchestershire sauce and more dill but quantity wise there was plenty of dressing even with the increases in veggies and pasta. This salad needs generous amounts of salt and pepper but all in all it's very tasty. - 08 Feb 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
My FIL brought up shrimp salad last week, and when he brought it up, it sounded so good to me. It used to be my favorite dish. We bought the ingredients and they cost about $22.00, however, we have a slew of fresh produce and pasta left over for another meal. Considering the spaghetti dish the other night cost much more at the store, I was happy. My husband demands Miracle Whip, so we did not use the mayo. I added another can of shrimp, cut back on the lemon, used dried dill (1/2 Tb) and only used 1 tomato, and 1 medium cuke. It's a nice medley of taste and texture. I could have added more dill, but know that the dish will age over the next two hours, and the 1/2 Tb will be sufficient. Thanks for sharing this recipe, and I hope to find many more recipes to try... - 04 Jul 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)