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Penne Pasta Salad with Shrimp Chili & Lime

Penne Pasta Salad with Shrimp Chili & Lime. A deliciously simple pasta salad that’s terrific to serve with cold cuts, grilled, chicken  or fish, or as an ideal BBQ side dish.

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Penne Pasta Salad with Shrimp Chili & Lime.

Penne pasta salad is probably my favourite among all pasta salads.

I like the fact that being among the larger of pasta shapes available, penne make the salad easier to serve. It’s also great   at buffet style meals like barbecues, cookouts and other get togethers.

One thing I cannot stand in any dish is overcooked, mushy pasta and this is especially true for pasta salads. Don’t overcook your pasta. It should still have a nice bite to it.

Penne Pasta Salad just before all ingredients are mixed together

Penne Pasta Salad just mix and serve.

Oh so easy!

Just let the pasta cool for a few minutes. Then throw in the rest of the salad ingredients, gave them a quick stir and you’re done. 

Close up of steamed shrimp

Pre-cooked shrimp is easily used in this recipe. I usually use frozen.

We enjoyed this delicious pasta salad as a side dish at a family barbecue where it got rave reviews for it’s spicy, tangy flavour. You can, of course, make the salad without the shrimp if you prefer.

It would be a perfect accompaniment to both grilled chicken or fish or practically anything off the backyard grill.

Penne Pasta Salad in an orange serving dish

Penne Pasta Salad with Shrimp Chili & Lime.

Originally published June 2016. Updated October 2020.

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Yield: 8 or more as a side dish

Penne Pasta Salad with Shrimp Chili & Lime

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Penne Pasta Salad with Shrimp Chili & Lime. A deliciously simple pasta salad that's terrific to serve with cold cuts, grilled, chicken or fish, or as an ideal BBQ side dish.


  • 1 lb Dry Penne Pasta
  • 1 cup cooked cocktail shrimp
  • 3 tbsp chopped chives or cilantro
  • 1 small red pepper finely diced

For the dressing

  • 3/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • zest of one large lime, finely grated or chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely minced
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 3 tsp red Thai chilis, finely chopped (or 2 tsp crushed chili paste)


  1. Prepare the pasta as directed in salted water. Cook only to al dente.
  2. Strain the boiled pasta in a colander and rinse with cold water. Leave for 10 minutes to drain well.
  3. Prepare the dressing simply by stirring together all of the ingredients well.
  4. Pour the dressing over the pasta along with the shrimp, chives and red pepper. Toss well. Chill before serving.


The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 282Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 44mgSodium 285mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 11g
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Saturday 24th of October 2020

Love ur Seafood recipes! I live on the West Coast in B.C.


Saturday 2nd of November 2019

Terrible website - never did take me to a recipe. Just a video and pictures. Very disappointung


Sunday 26th of August 2018

2 crushed chili paste?

Barry C. Parsons

Friday 31st of August 2018


Peter S

Monday 28th of May 2018

Serves how many? Kinda important

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 31st of May 2018

Small glitch in the recipe formatter. It was hidden after converting. Fixed now, thanks for letting me know.

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