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Recipe Submitted by: SABRINA BELL

TALLASSEE, ALABAMA USA

 

Spicy SHRIMP & Colorful PASTA SALAD w/ Choices

Table of Contents: SEAFOOD & FISH

 

 

12 to 16 oz. tri-color spiral pasta (other pastas may be substituted)

1 large, ripe tomato; diced

1 medium, mild onion; diced

1 large cucumber, diced

1 lb. medium shrimp; spicy cooked, peeled, & de-veined, if desired

1 (16 oz.) bottle of Kraft Light House Italian Dressing (do not use entire bottle)

8 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, finely grated

Optional Ingredient Choices, if desired:

1 lb. fresh crabmeat (Gene’s)

16 oz. Crab Delight, flaky style (Sabrina’s)

1 large, ripe avocado; diced (Gene’s)

2 to 4 oz. toasted slivered almonds (Gene’s)

¼ to ½ tsp. Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning (Gene’s)

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Bring a large pot of salted water to a full boil; then slowly add the pasta. Cook according to package directions until just tender. (Do not overcook.) Immediately drain the pasta.

In a large bowl, add all ingredients except the salad dressing, and gently toss to mix ingredients. Then, pour just enough salad dressing to coat the ingredients. Taste, and add more salad dressing, if desired. Do not “drown” the salad in salad dressing . Keep in mind that the flavors will continue to blend as time passes. Gently toss again.

Refrigerate for about 45 minutes to 1 hour before serving. Serves 10-12.

 

The salad is delicious without any of the optional ingredients!  But, it is interesting to add some to offer variety.  A little Creole seasoning adds a little extra “nip”, if you like.  I am not a fan of Crab Delight, since it is actually fish that is made to look like crabmeat.  If I don’t have fresh crabmeat, then I just use the shrimp.  On the other hand, my neighbor, Terry, likes the Crab Delight in her salad. That is what makes this old world go ‘round. So play with the ingredients until you have just the combination you prefer.  Sabrina tells me that she rarely follows a recipe exactly. She is a natural cook that adds and subtracts as she cooks. Fortunately for us, she took the extra time to make this recipe and jot it down as she prepared it.  Then, she treated her co-workers to lunch.  Sabrina, your co-workers and I thank you for the recipe.

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