Cold Shrimp Salad with Capers and Dill

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 4 to 8 servings
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 10 mins

If you can only have one shrimp salad recipe, this could be it. Serve as a lunch salad, appetizer or main dish.

shrimp salad
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Herbed mayonnaise with capers makes a terrific dressing for the shrimp. For an extra kick of heat, leave the seeds in the jalapeño.


2 tablespoons olive oil
40 large uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium red onion, very thinly sliced
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
2 tablespoons capers, drained
2/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced


  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over high heat. Add shrimp and sauté until just cooked through. Reduce heat to low, add garlic, and stir and cook about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Cool and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  2. Combine onion and salt in a colander; let stand 15 minutes or until onion is wilted. Rinse and dry with paper towels.
  3. Whisk mayonnaise and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add shrimp and onion; mix to coat shrimp with dressing.

Recipe adapted from Simply Shrimp by James Peterson  (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2007)



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