Piquant Pasta Salad

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    2 hours 20 minutes

    This is a wonderfully different pasta salad recipe for when you have fresh dill. Serve as a side dish at a barbecue or just with dinner.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 12 

    • 250g seashell pasta
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 250g tinned baby prawns, drained
    • 1/2 cup chopped celery
    • 1/2 cup chopped seeded cucumber
    • 2 tomatoes, diced
    • 3 tablespoons minced eschallot
    • 1 pinch salt to taste

    Directions
    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:2hours chilling  ›  Ready in:2hours20min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water to cool.
    2. In a serving bowl combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, mustard, dill and black pepper. Gently stir in the pasta, prawns, celery, cucumber, tomato and eschallot. Mix in salt to taste and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
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    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 USA and Canada)

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    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 USA and Canada)

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    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 USA and Canada)

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