Linda's Seafood Pasta Salad

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"I love the flavors in this pasta salad with the addition of the lemon, shrimp and Old Bay Seasoning! I often substitute whole wheat pasta in this dish. I also double the mayonnaise, Old Bay seasoning and lemon, adding half when I initially make it, then just before serving I add some more, so it isn't dry after sitting in the fridge for flavors to marry. Sometimes I just double up on the shrimp or the crabmeat instead of using both together. Either way, this recipe is a keeper for sure!"

Original is 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (167.5 g)
  • Calories 330.5
  • Total Fat - 7.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 61.1 mg
  • Sodium - 496.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 56.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.6 g
  • Sugars - 2.8 g
  • Protein - 11.5 g
  • Calcium - 45.2 mg
  • Iron - 1.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 10.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, and rinse in cold water. Immediately toss pasta with lemon juice.

Step 2

Mix in the remaining ingredients.

Step 3

Chill for several hours.

Step 4

Serve on a bed a lettuce.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the shrimp, make sure to choose fresh, baby shrimp that are cooked and peeled.
  • When selecting the crabmeat, make sure to choose fresh crabmeat that is chopped.

  • Substitute whole wheat pasta for the shell pasta - Whole wheat pasta is a healthier alternative to regular pasta as it is higher in fiber and protein, and it helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Substitute Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise - Greek yogurt is a healthier alternative to mayonnaise as it is lower in fat and calories and higher in protein, making it a great choice for those watching their weight.

Spicy Seafood Pasta Salad Replace the Old Bay Seasoning with 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder. Increase the amount of lemon juice to 2 teaspoons. Increase the amount of mayonnaise to 3/4 cup. Add 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder. Mix all ingredients together and chill for several hours. Serve on a bed of lettuce.

Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan - Grilled asparagus is a perfect side for Linda's Seafood Pasta Salad, adding a smoky flavor and a crunchy texture. The Parmesan cheese adds a salty, umami flavor that complements the flavors of the dish.

Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary: Roasted potatoes are a classic side dish that pairs perfectly with Linda's Seafood Pasta Salad. The rosemary adds a fragrant, herbal flavor that complements the flavors of the salad, while the potatoes provide a satisfying crunch.


Q: What type of pasta should I use?

A: Shell pasta is recommended for this recipe, however you can substitute with whole wheat pasta if desired.

Q: Can I use canned tomatoes instead of fresh?

A: Yes, you can use canned tomatoes instead of fresh. Make sure to drain the tomatoes and rinse them before adding them to the dish.

11 Reviews


Delicious and easy enough to whip up once the prepping is done. We loved it with burgers and fresh corn at our first barbecue of the year. Covid be damned!


review by:
(18 Jun 2021)


We made this last night and let it sit overnight to blend the flavors up good. Just sampled it to adjust the flavor and didn't have to do anything. The family is going to love this at our celebration today!


review by:
(4 Jul 2020)


Delicious with the shrimp! Great for our 4th of July bash.


review by:
(23 Jul 2019)


The first time I had this my Aunt Linda made it for us to try. It was delicious and a crowd pleaser with our family. I tried my hand at making it the first time over labor day. It was a hit and tasted just like yours auntie!


review by:
(8 Sep 2014)


I let this get really cold before serving to give the flavors time to mix. The shrimp were a great addition to a really delicious pasta salad. It was really fresh tasting and we loved it with our swordfish!


review by:
(22 Jul 2014)


We loved the addition of the shrimp! It's delicious and is a great side to so many summertime dishes. We had it last night and I am having the leftovers with some fried shrimp for lunch. Yum!!


review by:
(28 Jul 2013)

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Fun facts:

Old Bay Seasoning was created by Gustav Brunn in Baltimore, Maryland in 1939. It is a blend of herbs and spices, including celery salt, pepper, and paprika, and has become a staple of Maryland cooking.

Linda's Seafood Pasta Salad is a favorite of celebrity chef Rachel Ray. She often recommends it as a go-to dish for summer barbecues and potlucks.