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Recipe: Angel Hair Pasta Salad

An easy and fast salad that can be expanded to feed as many as necessary. Great to make ahead and travels well.

Angel Hair Pasta Salad Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages angel hair pasta

  • pound cooked bay shrimp

  • cup chopped green onions

  • 1? cups ranch-style salad dressing

How to Make Angel Hair Pasta Salad

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse under cold water.

  2. Mix together the pasta, shrimp, green onions and ranch dressing, then carefully work the shrimp into the pasta with your hands. (Note: As the salad sits, it will absorb some of the dressing; add a little dressing right before serving).

Angel Hair Pasta Salad Nutritions

  • Calories: 550.8 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 45 g

  • Cholesterol: 90 mg

  • Fat: 33.6 g

  • Fiber: 3.2 g

  • Protein: 17 g

  • SaturatedFat: 4.9 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 814.4 mg

  • Sugar: 3.9 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Angel Hair Pasta Salad Reviews

  • I brought this salad to work and got rave reviews I did alter the recipe somewhat, though. I added one pound of shrimp, chopped cucumbers, diced fresh tomatoes and dill weed. Very good

  • Good recipe but with the changes I made, very similar to one I already own. I added 1 green bell pepper, chopped, 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped (I would have added 1 chopped tomato but I didnt have any on hand) and 1/2 tsp of dill. Im not sure if I will make this one again (ONLY because I have my own version) but if I did, I would use a different noodle. The angel hair was very difficult to serve...Id rather use rotini or bow tie. Overall, very good with my changes.

  • This salad was simply the best I did substitute garlic ranch dressing for the ranch called for in the recipe. Also took the advice of others and added dill. Cucumbers and tomatoes added to the taste and presentation. Delicious

  • Ive been making this salad on a regular basis each summer for the past two years. Everyone I make it for raves. The longer it sets in the fridge the better, as the ranch flavor soaks into the pasta. Ive also made it sans shrimp as quick and easy side dish for BBQd or grilled meat. A couple of times I substituted cold chicken for the shrimp (a great way to use up leftover chicken) and thats also delicious. Spring is here, and Im getting a hankering for this salad again so time to stock up on the angel hair pasta and ranch dressing

  • I have made this a few different ways now, I do not like it with the angle hair, or the garlic ranch alone. But loved it with the elbow pasta and a combo of garlic ranch and orignal I also added crab, celery, bacon , green onion, pepper, and dill. very good but needs more than the orignal recipe.

  • After reading other reviews...I modified the original significantly. Fat free Ranch worked great (WAY too much fat in regular Ranch), adding Feta cheese was a good idea, doubling the sauteed in butter and garlic Prawns and adding the garlic butter was really good. I also added some Broccoli, and used a different pasta. Hopes this helps other low fat food buffs.

  • Good recipe but with the changes I made, very similar to one I already own. I added 1 green bell pepper, chopped, 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped (I would have added 1 chopped tomato but I didnt have any on hand) and 1/2 tsp of dill. Im not sure if I will make this one again (ONLY because I have my own version) but if I did, I would use a different noodle. The angel hair was very difficult to serve...Id rather use rotini or bow tie. Overall, very good with my changes.

  • This recipe is delicious. I made the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing from the packet (instead of bottled dressing). I also recommend breaking up the pasta before cooking it.

  • This is especially good when made with ranch dressing made from the packet, it just seems to have more flavor that way. I added celery to it.

  • In addition to the other review suggestions( add dill, chopped cucumber, green peppers, roasted red pepper, more shrimp) I also added some crumbled feta cheese I had on hand. Without the additions, the salad would be too bland. Its a good basic recipe though. Husband enjoyed it- a keeper thats so easy.

  • This recipe was pretty delicious - I added a little more salt and black pepper because my ranch dressing seemed a little bland, and voila Also added chopped tomatoes and cucumbers, as well as a bunch of fresh dill, which made it taste even more refreshing. Great salad. There were no leftovers from a doubled recipe (it was a side dish at a 5 person dinner). p.s. - i sauteed my shrimp with a little butter, garlic, and lemon juice to make it more flavorful. UPDATE: I now make this salad the following way: Salad ingredients include 1 lb of any type of pasta, 1 lb shrimp, 2-3 tomatoes, 2 cucumbers, bunch of green onions. Dressing includes 1.5 cups lowfat plain yogurt, 1 tbsp mayonnaise, dry ranch salad dressing mix, to taste, 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped fresh parsley, chopped dill. Prepared this way, its the most amazing and refreshing seafood salad you will have ever made.

  • I used Garlic Ranch dressing and added MORE shrimp. I also broke up the pasta in small pieces before cooking like others recommended. I was asked for the "recipe" by EVERY woman at the party.

  • This made a quick & tasty lunch - i added halved cherry tomatoes and a dash of lemon juice. i also used ranch dressing which i had made earlier from the powdered pouch, it has a thicker consistancy than the bottled version and coats the pasta better. thanks for sharing.

  • I added cucumbers, shredded carrots, black olives, shredded Italian cheese mix and dill. It was great. My friends & co-workers enjoyed it.

  • Im giving this a 4 star because I took other peoples advice and put cucumber in it. I think it was too much that is all I tasted. I may make this again but I will do exactly as the chef said. It was just ok.

  • I made this recipe for a Baby Shower serving 30-40 people, and I got numerous requests for the recipe I used Litehouse ranch, and used the advice of other reviewers and added tomato and cucumber. I didnt add extra shrimp as other suggested, but I would suggest that. The 3rd time I made this, I used a different ranch and I did not like it at all So the type of ranch you use definitely affects the flavor. Ive tried this dish right after making, and it really is best after its sat in the refrigerator overnight. There really is more flavor, and it gives the noodles a chance to absorb the ranch. Some people say it tastes slimy; this is true if you try it right after mixing--the ranch hasnt had a chance to "condense" with the noodles. Definitely very easy and very delicious I can see this working well with bacon or chicken instead of shrimp. For a large group its supereasy to increase portions accordingly.

  • This is an excellent recipe I bought a shrimp ring and was looking for recipes to try. Im not a fan of angel hair pasta, so I used egg noodles. Also, I did not have green onions, so I used a regular white onion and I used ranch dressing from a packet. I chopped up the shrimp, a small white onion and I cooked them together with a pat of butter for about 4 minutes. I do recommend letting it set in the fridge for at least 30 mins. Thank you for the inspiration :)

  • I add feta cheese, tomatoes and olives Delectable

  • I added cucumbers and a few extra tomatoes....I used the Kraft Garlic Ranch and noticed that the shrimp runs about USD10 for a 2lb bag frozen. I bought it, but also got some Scallops.....USD3 for 2 pounds and it was just as good LOVE this recipe, I made a LOT of extra and it went to work with the wife, It was demanded that I give up the recipe ;) Thx

  • I used 16 oz box rotini noodles added 1 cucumber and 3 roma tomatoes. I also added a little garlic to the dressing. Got lots of compliments

  • Didnt care for this....the ranch dressing overpowers the other flavors, and I didnt care for the angel hair pasta in a salad (too starchy.) Not as good as the Shrimp Vermicelli salad.

  • I made this recipe for my twins graduation and it was a big hit. I substituted imitation crab meat for the shrimp. Not only was it a great hit, but was so easy to make.

  • You have to REALLY like ranch dressing to enjoy this dish, I am not a huge pasta salad fan.

  • When making this recipe I definitely took the other reviewers advice. I used the packet of Ranch Dressing instead of the bottled Ranch Dressing and it turned out great. I didnt add the milk to the powdered Ranch Dressing recipe as it calls for since I didnt have the 30 minutes to allow for it to thicken. I just added the Mayo to the powdered Ranch Dressing. I did add both red and yellow sweet bell peppers and cucumbers. I also took the suggestion of fresh dill. It gave it the extra bit of flavor that had everyone going back for seconds. I used the bow tie noodles as several suggested and was the perfect consistency and texture. I would next time add two/three cans of baby shrimps instead of just the one. As the baby shrimps did get hardly noticed. I also added a bit of lemon juice for flavor and I would defiantly make this again as it was very easy to do on short time.

  • So bland

  • Oh, I made this today and it was rally easy to put together, I just added some Cajun seasoning to kick it up. I would recommed this to anybody looking for a quick lunch.

  • Wonderful, fresh dish (considering I didnt have shrimp or ranch dressing.) I used bleu cheese dressing and it still tasted great.

  • I left out the shrimp. It was very good . I do not eat meat. This was very good.

  • Tried this last wk, as i was loking for other pasta ideas. was okay, but all the stuff like peppers, shrimp & green onions sank to the bottom-just slipped thru the angel hair. guess ill stick w/ rotini or shells for my pasta salads, tho i imagine it would be great warm.

  • Pretty good base idea, but it did need jazzed up a bit. I added some finely diced celery and a chopped green pepper. 1/2 teaspoon of dill really brought it together.

  • This is a great foundation recipe. I took advice from others and used bow-tie pasta, caesar dressing, 1/2 cup EVOO, 1 tomato and 1/2 cucumber. Sprinkled 1 tbsp of Bay Seasoning. Big hit.

  • I amke this for all my company functions I would advise if you make it the night before and you take the salad somewhere. Take a half a bottle of ranch dressing to pour into it just before serving because it does soak up alot of the dressing overnight. But it is such a hit wherever I take it.

  • This did NOT go over well in my house. My husband called it slimey and said it reminded him of fake brains at Halloween. I was not a fan of the uncooked green onion, biting into one make the whole bite taste overwhelmingly of onion. Bummer cause it sounded so good.

  • This was good but I dont think the shrimp went well with it. I think this would be so much better with chicken.

  • This was very good but I too used Italian dressing. I just dont care too much for creamy pasta salad. Anyways, it worked well and I added some tomatoes, celery and green olives too

  • This was really good and easy to make. The only thing I did differently was I replaced the green onions with mushrooms, sweet onions, and brocolli. I suggest this to everyone.

  • Excellent Ive made this on numerous occasions. My mother loves it, so I make it whenever she comes for a visit. I snap pasta in half prior to cooking (easier to mix and serve), and add parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper to mix. Definitely a keeper.

  • This salad was a big hit. I doubled the amount of shrimp and I would still add more shrimp next time or use less pasta. Definitely good to break up the pasta.

  • This is a good start recipe. I added a pkg of seafood chunks in addition to the shrimp, some dill, fresh parsley, feta, etc. It tok A LOT of dressing tho. I used a whole bottle plus. It was great, dont get me wrong.....but the original recipe would have been very bland. Super idea tho....and easy to make your own.

  • Everyone loves this recipe I hate to tell them how easy it is I have a roasted red pepper and garlic seasoning that I add to the top.Thanks again for a great and easy recipe

  • This pasta salad is yummy...I substituted red and green peppers for the shrimp and it was wonderful

  • This was wonderful I didnt have angel hair pasta so I used large elbow macaroni. I dont care much for shrimp so I didnt add it. Like others I too added dill and garlic then added fresh ground pepper. I think that next time I will add crispy bacon and peas

  • Absolutely delicious

  • With a few alterations, this was a superb pasta salad I used regular spaghetti noodles (didnt have and angel hair).I also changed a few of the seasonings. A great side dish to go along with the fish we had.

  • This is very tasty.. could use more shrimp & break up pasta before cooking.

  • Really good. Added in a fresh tomato from the garden. Perfect simple meal.

  • This was a easy and tasty pasta salad. Thanks for the recipe.

  • I used a pound of salad shrimp and a pound of crab meat. YUMMY I did break the pasta up before cooking it. I would use less pasta next time because we ate it for 3 days and still threw some away. Ill definately make this again.

  • Very fast recipe that Ill definately do again Easy to make and adjustable with regards to ingredients and servings.

  • I used original ranch dressing instead of bottled and added several frozen packages of small shrimp and it came out delicious, i would prepare this the day before; the pasta absorbed the dressing and it tasted really good.

  • This was just what I was looking for. I would break up the pasta first and make less of it. It needed some zing so I added some dill spice. Perfect for the perfect occasion.

  • Makes A BUNCH

  • This is a great recipe EVERYONE at our Easter together absolutely loved it. Thank you so much and thanks to the other reviewers who recommended adding extra shrimp and dill weed. I did, and it was perfect

  • This is a great recipe. The next time I make it, Im going to add extra shrimp. Scallions worked well with this. Thanks for Sharing

  • This receipe was delicious and easy to make. I added some chopped up salmon to the salad, which really complimented the shrimp.

  • This is alright, but what I thought made it taste better was a few different kinds of bell peppers and instead of ranch dressing I used Italian. Yummy

  • Easy, tastes good, travels well. Bring extra salad dressing to mix in before serving.

  • Tasted like nothing but ranch dressing to me.

  • The dressing works great with this. Loved it and so did my guests.

  • Very good start I added feta cheese, red pepper, cucumber and black olives. Also used whole wheat pasta.

  • This was a hit with the kids. It served a big group of people and everyone raved over it.

  • Great tasting and fast to make....good for a picnic or anytime, we loved it


  • Really, really good Loved it.

  • This was a simple, good salad recipe. I lessened the amount of ranch dressing slightly so it didnt get too heavy. It worked fine using light ranch, too. It could use a little extra kick of some kind, though. Maybe Ill follow the advice of others and add some dill.

  • Thank you, thank you. So easy and tastes great

  • This was very bland.

  • The shrimp and ranch flavor went well together. I used whole wheat rotini pasta and added tomatoes and green peppers.

  • I made this recipe for a BBQ and people loved it. I did change a few things for this salad. The first time I made it I thought it was a bit bland. I added chicken, like someone suggested, instead of shrimp, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes from my garden. I also made it with a Tuscan Family type dressing instead of ranch. Big hit and will make again.

  • I am on a low carb diet, so this recipe is off limits, except when I want to cheat alittle and this is worth it.

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