The first time I made this seafood pasta salad it was for a birthday party I had for my 1-year-old daughter. That was in 1988. I’ve been holding on to the recipe for a long time because I adore seafood and love pasta salad. It’s attractive, filled with a mix of seafood, savory herbs, olives, and lemony vinaigrette. Bring it along with you to potlucks, picnics or serve it at parties.
- 1 LB pasta (short) penne, elbows, shells or swirls
- 3 cups mixed cooked seafood shrimp, mussels, calamari, lobster, crab, whitefish, scallops (as available)
- ¼ cup tomatoes fresh, plum, diced and seeded
- 3 Tbsp basil fresh, chopped
- ½ cup dill fresh, finely chopped
- 1.2 cup shallots diced
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup ripe olives diced
- ½ cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
- ¼ cup Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tbsp vinegar (white balsamic or red wine vinegar)
- ½ cup Ripe Olives sliced
- ¼ cup zucchini grated
- Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions and drain
- Add the pasta to a large serving bowl and toss with cooked and cooled seafood, tomatoes, fresh herbs, shallots, capers, pimentos, chopped olives, and lemon juice.
- Add olive oil and toss.
- Mix the mustard and vinegar until smooth.
- Toss all of the ingredients again.
- Decorate the top of the mixture with ripe olive slices and grated zucchini
- Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled
It’s best to find the freshest fish and shellfish available. I often buy mine at my local farmer’s market. There are a couple of vendors there with seafood in coolers that they pick up directly from fishing boats at the beach. It’s unbelievably fresh and tastes incredible.
Not everyone lives near the ocean and has access to fresh fish. Flash frozen seafood will work especially if it’s wild caught. Check the labels to see where it came from and how it was processed. Combine any combination of mussels, clams, lobster, crab, shrimp, calamari, oysters, scallops, whitefish, salmon or lake fish. How about crawdads and catfish? Then, lightly steam or saute your catch and let it cool.
Do you like shellfish? What is your favorite? Please leave a comment below.