Susan enjoys sharing her "optional" recipes because you can tweak them in many delicious ways to match your taste. Enjoy!
Summertime brings the cook out in me. My kids come for Sunday dinner each week, and they each have their own likes and dislikes, so I am an “optional” cook. Rarely do I use a recipe, and I love to use whatever is in the frig and in the cabinets.
I also make an Optional Cheese Ball and an Optional Veggie Salad (linked at bottom of this article). If you have checked into these recipes, you will see that I rarely measure with measuring spoons or cups. Instead, I measure by taste. After all, we each have our own distinct preferences.
Cook and Chill Time
|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
2 hours 45 min
3 hours 30 min
Serves 10 - 12 People
What do you think of my Optional Seafood Pasta Salad?
Cuisinart Ceramic Knives for Chopping - My Favorite
Ingredients for Optional Seafood Pasta Salad
- Box or Bag Pasta, I like the multi-color multi-grain
- Package Shrimp Scampi
- Package Crab Meat
- To taste Black Olives, sliced
- To taste Green Olives, sliced
- 1/2 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
- 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
- 1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped
- 1/2 Orange Bell Pepper, chopped
- 2 stalks Celery, chopped
- Whole Sweet Onion, chopped
- 1/2 Bag Frozen Sweet Snap Peas
- 3-4 tablespoons or to taste Olive Oil Mayonnaise
- To taste Powdered Garlic
- To taste Garlic Salt
- To taste Italian Seasoning
- To taste Creole Seasoning
Instructions for Optional Seafood Pasta Salad
- Chop all vegetables. I love my Cuisinart Ceramic Knives for chopping. Remember, these ingredients are optional so you can add or delete any you choose.
- Boil pasta until cooked then drain - splash with oil and spring with seasonings.
- While pasta is boiling prepare frozen Shrimp Scampi by placing in skillet for 5 minutes or as directed on package. (You may choose frozen boiled shrimp - my family loves the garlic and butter flavor of Shrimp Scampi, though.)
- Spoon shrimp into cooked pasta
- Completely optional: With the hot Shrimp Scampi drippings in pan, saute veggies for 2 - 3 minutes. (I usually do not saute the olives, but you can do so and it will not make a difference.) OR - just add raw, chopped veggies.
- Fold in sauteed veggies (I do not drain the drippings) and olives to pasta mixture
- Add crab meat and frozen peas
- Add mayonnaise (or maybe you prefer Miracle Whip or a balsamic vinegar dressing) and seasonings until you are pleased with the taste
- Let set in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving. It is even better the next day if you want to make it the night before you plan to serve it.
Perhaps you like to do everything from scratch:
Go the Optional Way
As you can see, with this recipe you could go in many directions. If you like spicy, which some days I do, you could add a finely chopped jalapeno or spicy banana pepper.
I season to taste, and my family loves lots of garlic!
I love going the optional way because it can be different each time I create the salad.
The Optional Seafood Salad can feed a large group, or you can make it and eat it the next day or as leftovers. You can adjust your recipe to suit the number of people served.
More Optional Recipes by SHolland10
- Recipe for the Optional Veggie Cottage Cheese Salad
For a perfect side dish, the veggie cottage cheese salad is a delicious choice. Be ready to please every palette with this tasty dish. Summer time garden veggies are great for this salad dish.
- Easy Recipe for the Optional Cream Cheese Ball
If you need a cheese ball recipe that is easy and can please anyone's pallet, you have come to the right place. The Optional Cheese Ball is great for any occasion.
- How to Make Fresh Salsa
Learn how to can delicious, homemade salsa that can be used all year round. Step by step instructions that even include tips on how to handle the jalapeno peppers to keep them from burning your hands.
- Functions and Recipe for Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Functions of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup provides a great recipe. The article also provides functions for your homemade chicken noodle soup - some practical, some humorous, some both.
Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on October 26, 2014:
Thanks, Elsie! I hope you enjoy it! It marinates so well when you don't eat it all. HA!! It really is good to the last shrimp and noodle! Enjoy!
Thank you for dropping by!! :-)
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on October 23, 2014:
Love seafood and pasta so what better than the two combine.
Will be trying this for sure. Thanks.
Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on July 03, 2014:
Hi Frog, Stephanie, Alpha, and Dianna! Thanks so much for reading! I hope you get to try the recipe and enjoy eating it!! :-)
Dianna Mendez on July 02, 2014:
Glad to read one of your articles once again. Now, this is a recipe I could eat daily. Thanks for sharing.
Kevin W from Texas on July 01, 2014:
I'm a big pasta eater and this looks absolutely delicious sholland10. I will definitely be giving thisrecipe a try. thumbs up on your hub.
Stephanie Henkel from USA on July 01, 2014:
This looks delicious! Pasta salad is something I make often, but haven't thought to do it with shrimp-- now I will with the fresh shrimp that is easy to get and delicious here in North Carolina. Your photo has activated my taste buds! :)
The Frog Prince from Arlington, TX on July 01, 2014:
Sounds refreshing and good summer time change up.
The Frog Prince
Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on July 01, 2014:
Susan, it is deee- licious!! So much so that last night I left for dinner with my girlfriends and came home to find D and his friend had eaten the rest of it. I was so disappointed! I wanted it today!! Grrrr!
Deborah, we make the salad with just crab many times. I just happened to have some in the freezer this time. Run with whatever you have on hand. It is going to be delicious!!! :-)
Thanks for dropping by!!
Deborah Neyens from Iowa on July 01, 2014:
I have some leftover crab meat in the refrigerator and was wondering what to do with it. I think I will use it to make a variation of this salad (minus the shrimp scampi since I don't have any). Thanks for the idea!
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on July 01, 2014:
This looks deee- li-cious!
Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on June 30, 2014:
Thanks, everyone! It really is easy and delicious! And, oh yeah, very "optional." :-)
Thanks for dropping by!!
Mazlan from Malaysia on June 30, 2014:
Easy recipe to follow and looks good as well!
Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on June 30, 2014:
Sounds and looks scrumptious! :)
Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on June 30, 2014:
This looks really good. I can't help but think how my dad would have loved something like this. Great recipe with great instructions SH!
JR Krishna from India on June 30, 2014:
Wow! It looks so beautiful. I feel like eating it instantly. I love prawns
Audrey Howitt from California on June 30, 2014:
This looks wonderful!!
Dr. John Anderson from Australia on Planet Water on June 30, 2014:
Fabulous recipe. I'll give it a try.
Claudia Mitchell on June 30, 2014:
This looks so delicious and perfect for a hot summer day (or any other day). Pinned and will definitely be trying this out soon.
Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on June 30, 2014:
That looks scrumptious. The ingredients have my mouth watering. My pasta salad is weak compared to what you have here. It looks great for the summer potluck. Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm sharing with others.
Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on June 30, 2014:
That got my attention not only does it looks delicious; but the blend of the colorful ingredients makes it an eye-popping winner for a pool party.
Sima Ballinger from Michigan on June 30, 2014:
Sounds awesome and filling too. I will have to try this, and I love the "easy" part. Looks amazing too! Would make a nice YouTube video.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 30, 2014:
If I could bite the picture on the article I would...that's how good it looks. Good to see you back. Summer and I hope you are rested and refreshed my friend.