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Aug 3, 2020

Shrimp Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Peas

This Shrimp Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Peas is a wonderful appetizer. It's loaded with tiny salad shrimp, fresh Bibb lettuce, and delicious cherry tomatoes.

Shrimp Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Peas arranged on two plates

This shrimp salad with Bibb lettuce, tomatoes, peas, and croutons is elegant and delicious. It's the perfect appetizer for a small dinner party. Plus, it's a great way to use up stale bread for making mini croutons.

This salad also includes arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, and chopped Kalamata olives. It's pretty easy to make for such an elegant starter course.

Shrimp Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Peas with mini croutons

I love cold shrimp starters, including spicy citrus and mango shrimp cocktail, shrimp remoulade, and Vietnamese-style shrimp cocktail. This shrimp salad is so refreshing, and it's simple to assemble. You can have all of the ingredients ready to go and put the salad together right before serving.

Make ahead tips for making this salad:

First, you can toast the croutons, and when they cool, just put them into an airtight container.

Next, you can mix the simple mustard and mayonnaise dressing and then fold in the shrimp.

A few hours before serving, prep and cut the rest of the salad ingredients and have them ready for assembly.

Shrimp salad ingredients

Ingredients for this shrimp salad:

Tiny salad shrimp: I buy them frozen and already cooked. They are easy to thaw, either overnight in the refrigerator in a colander or under cold running water.

Stale bread: This is to make the tiny croutons that you toss into the shrimp salad right before serving.

You will also need mayonnaise and Dijon mustard for dressing the shrimp, along with sun dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, thawed frozen baby peas, and hard-boiled eggs. You'll also need a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper.

For the fresh veggies in the salad, you will need grape tomatoes (cherry are fine too), arugula leaves, and Bibb lettuce.

Head of bibb lettuce

Bibb lettuce often comes with its roots still attached, and it typically has some soil from the farm attached too. To clean the lettuce, gently remove the leaves and rinse them with water or soak them in a bowl of water and then dry them in a salad spinner (affiliate link) or in layers of paper towels.

Store the leaves a paper towel lined plastic bag.

Bibb lettuce (or butter lettuce) is great for lettuce wraps as well as for lining the the bottom of a salad plate to "stage" seafood and chicken salads. If you can't find it, you can use any tender lettuce with similar leaves that "cup" the food on top.

Bibb lettuce topped with shrimp salad and hard boiled eggs

Complete this dinner:

Serve this salad with coffee rubbed flank steak, or for a lighter meal, with simple tomato soup. 

For dessert, keeping with the theme of using up stale bread, this brown bread ice cream would be delicious. 

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Shrimp Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Tomatoes, Peas, and hard boiled eggs

Shrimp Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Peas

Shrimp Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Peas
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Karen Kerr
This Shrimp Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Peas is a wonderful appetizer. It's loaded with tiny salad shrimp, fresh Bibb lettuce, and delicious cherry tomatoes.


  • 3/4 cup of hearty bread (such as sourdough or baguettes) cut into 1/4 inch squares.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 12 ounces cooked tiny salad shrimp
  • 12 leaves of Bibb lettuce (or other tender lettuce)
  • 1 cup baby arugula leaves
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 12 small grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons diced pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, quartered


  1. To made the croutons, heat the oven to 350 degrees F and toss the bread cubes in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and spread them out over a quarter sheet pan. Bake them for 5 to 10 minutes, until they are crispy. Let them cool and store them in an air tight container until ready to use. 
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise and mustard together and fold in the shrimp. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble the salads. 
  3. Right before serving, arrange the leaves of the Bibb lettuce on four salad plates, 3 leaves per plate. 
  4. Toss the arugula with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Top each plate with 1/4 of the arugula. 
  5. Add the croutons and tomatoes to the shrimp mixture and divide it among the four plates, placing it in the center. 
  6. Top each salad with the sun dried tomatoes, olives, and peas. Arrange 3 of the hard boiled egg quarters around each plate. 
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This recipe was adapted from the wonderful book, Nick Malgieri's Bread: Over 60 Breads, Rolls and Cakes plus Delicious Recipes Using Them

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  1. This is a lovely salad. I think I will use large shrimp, since I have some in my freezer and make a main course of it.

    1. Oh definitely large shrimp for a main course would be wonderful.

  2. What a beautiful salad! I definitely need to make this one up soon; what a fantastic combination of fresh and flavorful ingredients!

  3. I love all the veggies you use in your shrimp salad! So colorful and fun!

    1. There is something about red and green together, right?

  4. What a beautiful salad!!!!! the colors!

    1. I was so happy with how it photographed! So much easier than brown food =)

  5. Looks so colorful and delicious and fresh!

  6. This salad is so pretty and full of delicious flavors! I love the presentation and those tiny shrimps.

  7. Colorful and delicious looking!

  8. There is so much yum packed into that salad! And I like that you used salad shrimp because they come in the HUGEST bag and you only need like a handful for a recipe. Now I have something else to make with them. Yum!

  9. What a beautiful salad! I love all the ingredients and I am looking forward to making this!So tasty looking!

  10. I've had a similar salad on a cruise and it was Delicious! I'm excited to give this recipe a try, I love sun dried tomatoes too.

  11. Unfortunately I am not a fan of shrimp but this dish does look good!


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