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Classic Louisiana shrimp salad

Shrimp Salad Recipe

Looking for a unique Thanksgiving side dish? This Classic Louisiana Shrimp Salad is a perfect way to start any meal but is special enough to serve at holiday gatherings like Thanksgiving and Christmas. This creamy shrimp salad recipe features hard-boiled eggs and celery. A splash of hot sauce gives it that creole flavor.

Yield: 6 servings
Nutrition facts: Per serving: 274 calories, 18 g fat, 1 g carbohydrates (0.1 g fiber), 26 g protein, 798 mg sodium

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2½ qt. water
1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar
2 lb. shrimp, shell on
½ cup mayonnaise
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
¼ tsp. hot sauce
2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
¼ cup finely chopped celery
Lettuce, avocado slices, hard-boiled-egg halves and sliced grape tomatoes, for garnish


  1. In a 4-quart saucepan, combine the water, 2 tablespoons salt, the cayenne and white vinegar, and bring to a boil. Add the shrimp, return to a boil, and turn off the heat. Let sit 5 minutes and then drain. When cool enough to handle, shell the shrimp.
  2. In a bowl, blend together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, wine vinegar and hot sauce. Stir in the shrimp, chopped eggs and celery. Season with salt to taste. Serve on lettuce leaves. Garnish with avocado, eggs and tomatoes if desired.