Featured Recipe: Shrimp and Peach Pasta Salad

Copyright Linda Gassenheimer

It’s a real treat when ripe, juicy peaches are in season. In this salad, they provide a contrasting sweet flavor to the tangy dressing.

Buy cooked shrimp for this salad and the only cooking you will need to do is boil the pasta.

This is a light salad supper or lunch and can be made a day ahead.  Bring to room temperature before serving. Add a dessert of Creamy Balsamic Strawberries to complete this summer meal. A small amount of balsamic vinegar gives an intriguing flavor to these strawberries and cream.




Shrimp and Peach Pasta Salad

2 ounces fusilli (corkscrew) pasta (about 3/4 cup)

4 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise

3 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

2 tablespoon Dijon mustard

6 ounces peeled, cooked shrimp

Washed, ready-to-eat salad greens  (4 cups)

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 cup)

2 ripe, medium peaches, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 rounded cup)

4 tablespoons chopped fresh chives.

Place a large pot of water on to boil over high heat.  Add pasta and cook ten minutes or according to package instructions.

Mix mayonnaise, water, horseradish and mustard together in a medium-size bowl. Drain pasta, rinse in cold water and drain thoroughly. Add to the bowl.  Add shrimp and toss well.

Line two dinner plates with the greens.  Spoon pasta and shrimp over the top.  Place red pepper slices and peaches on top.  Sprinkle with chives.  Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 387 calories (30 percent from fat), 13.0 g fat (1.9 g saturated, 3.5 g monounsaturated), 139 mg cholesterol, 25.3 g protein, 44.4 g carbohydrates, 6.6 g fiber, 593 mg sodium.

Shopping List

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for Dinner in Minutes.

To buy: 1 package fusilli (corkscrew) pasta, 1 jar reduced-fat mayonnaise, 1 small bottle prepared horseradish, 1 jar Dijon mustard, 6 ounces cooked shrimp, 1 bag washed, ready-to-eat salad greens, 1 red bell pepper, 2 ripe peaches, 1 bunch fresh chives.

Helpful Hints


  • Ripe plums, papaya or mangoes can be substituted for the peaches.
  • Any type of short cut pasta such as macaroni or penne can be used.
  • An easy way to chop chives is to snip them with a scissors.


  • Place water for pasta on to boil.
  • Prepare ingredient.
  • Assemble salad.