Paleo Shrimp Salad Recipe for a Healthy Summer Meal

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This Paleo shrimp salad recipe makes a fantastic quick dinner when you are pressed for time.  I’ve been following the Paleo diet for a few weeks now and one of the hardest things I’m having to adjust to is the absence of pasta. Normally, pasta is my ingredient of choice when I am rushed for time.  Of course, there is no pasta allowed on the Paleo diet so I had to start thinking outside of the box.   Since I cannot have a traditional shrimp pasta salad on the Paleo diet, I decided to see if I could come up with a Paleo shrimp salad recipe instead.

Paleo Shrimp Salad Recipe

Normally, in the summer, I would load up on pasta salad. But, since pasta isn’t allowed on the Paleo diet, I decided to make the base of this salad vegetables instead. That makes it much lower in carbs and acceptable for someone following the Paleo diet. There are Paleo kinds of pasta available but I honestly haven’t found any that I really like yet. If you want to experiment and find one you do like, please let me know.

Yields 2

Serves 2

Paleo Shrimp Salad Recipe

You are going to love this healthy summer paleo shrimp salad recipe.

1 hr, 15 Prep Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 1 bag of medium shrimp, cooked (or cook if raw)
  • lettuce, spinach or other greens
  • red cabbage
  • carrots
  • onions
  • apples
  • peppers
  • cashews
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil and vinegar if desired


  1. Mix everything in a large bowl.
  2. Feel free to add other vegetables or fruits if you want.
  3. Refrigerate for at least an hour before eating.

I love that this lets me enjoy the taste of shrimp in a salad that isn’t loaded with pasta or rice.  It’s the perfect Paleo meal for a busy night or take it with you for lunch instead.

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  1. What a clever substitute. And the recipe sounds delicious. How has the diet been? Has it become a lifestyle for you? Will it?
    • Ellen Christian says
      I hope it does become a new lifestyle. I really feel so much better eating this way. I don't get that 2pm afternoon crash requiring a nap :)
  2. Sounds very good. Would love to try it out.
  3. I love this recipe! It's so different than my usual meal plans and something to get my family excited about.
  4. I am not a fan of shrimp, but I bet my hubs would like this. I really want to get into the Paleo lifestyle more!!
  5. Melissa Vosburgh says
    I love shrimp salad , but have only ever had a really basic kind.  This ingredient list is great , I will have to try this one.  Thanks!
  6. never would have thought to use egg instead of rice or pasta.. interesting twist!
  7. swap chicken for shrimp and i'm happy to munch on the whole bowl!
  8. Lolli @ Better in Bulk says
    This recipe sounds delicious! I'd just have to leave out the apples because I'm allergic. I wonder how it would taste with maybe red grapes?
  9. I need to try more Paleo recipes! 
  10. Sounds great! My husband and I have started the Paleo diet, but we haven't been very strict with it. :-(I still have my cereal in the morning for fiber and coffee with a dairy creamer. I need to get more recipes with substitutions.
  11. What a unique idea.. this is awesome! I love that it has apple in it.. it must tickle your taste buds. I've been really interested in the Paleo plan, I'll have to look into it some more. Thanks for the recipe!
  12. Wendy | Around My Family Table says
    I'm loving this recipe.  It's got tons of great flavors and I bet it this will be fabulous on a hot AZ summer day!
  13. Is the Paleo Diet kind of like the South Beach diet? I know they have a limited pasta intake. That has always been my dish of choice when I am rushed. 
    • Ellen Christian says
      I'm not familiar with the South Beach Diet. On the Paleo, there are no grains - so no pasta, bread, rice, etc.  No processed foods & no dairy. It's also been called the Caveman Diet in the past if you're familiar with that term.  
  14. Carlee Colonneso says
    Your recipe looks amazing. I have heard a lot about the paleo diet and if the food is like this, I want some paleo food. :)
  15. Francine @ Teresa's Family Cleaning says
    Going to have to make this for my hubby!
  16. Catherine L. says
    What a tasty looking recipe. I've been wanting to try some Paleo recipes, so this just might be the one.
  17. Tough Cookie Mommy says
    This recipe and these images are mouth watering.  My husband brings those red potatoes from his job in produce so I know the kind of flavor that they add to any dish.  I'm a big fan of seafood so I would love this one.
  18. Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) says
    This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing! Pinning!
  19. This is a very delicious recipe to make. I like that it uses shrimp which is my favorite! Thanks for an awesome healthy recipe.
  20. Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom says
    YUMMM.. this sounds perfect for dinner tonight... I love how light and fresh it looks... Thanks for sharing; bet the different textures made it interesting... YUMM, can't wait to try it
  21. Myrah - Coupon Mamacita says
    Definitely going to try this recipe it looks super delicious!
  22. Danielle @ We Have It All says
    Oh my hubby would love this, thanks for sharing!
  23. Kenin Bassart says
    This looks awesome! I love Shrimp Salad and this totally fits into our health and fitness plan!
  24. Wow! Fantastic photo! Makes me want to give that a try! Shrimp is one of my favorite things to through into a salad!
  25. I LOVE to bake and cook, and I love finding new recipes!  This recipe is going at the top of my list because of many reasons.  It's healthy, it's quick, and my favorite-tried and tested and loved!  I place a lot of faith in reviews, and your pictures and comments have me sold.  This is going on my menu for this week!  Thank you!
  26. I love mixing proteins and fruit and this looks like it would be really delightful. Crunchy, creamy and salty and sweet. Yum!
  27. I wonder how this would taste without the egg? I'm allergic, but really want to try the recipe!
    • Ellen Christian says
      I think it would be good.  I'd probably add more shrimp in to compensate or maybe use larger shrimp?


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