Appetizers & Snacks

Uncle Dan's Macaroni Shrimp Salad (Inspired by Auntie Nina)

Recipe By: Auntie Nina

Prep time:

0h : 20m

Cooking time:

0h : 10m

Total Time:

0h : 30m

Serving Size:


Discover Auntie Nina's beloved family secret: a Macaroni Shrimp Salad enriched with the creamy, zesty flavors of Uncle Dan's Original Southern Classic Ranch Dressing. Passed down through generations, this dish marries the succulence of shrimp with the comforting texture of macaroni, all enveloped in the iconic dressing that adds an unforgettable flavor. A testament to its unparalleled taste, it's a recipe that often sees the bowl emptied twice over at gatherings. Ideal for family reunions, potlucks, or simply as a cherished meal, this salad isn't just food—it's a tradition that bonds.

Uncle Dan's Macaroni Shrimp Salad (Inspired by Auntie Nina)


  • 1 16-oz. package macaroni (cooked al dente per package directions, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 bunch of celery (cleaned and diced or chopped)
  • 1 large bunch (or 2 small bunches) of green onions (cleaned and diced; use both white and green parts)
  • 1 (or 2) 6 oz. cans of shrimp (tiny or medium), drained
  • Optional: 1 6 oz. can of black olives, drained (you can keep them sliced, halved, or whole as per preference)
  • Uncle Dan's Original Southern Classic Ranch Dressing prepared with buttermilk and mayonnaise, per package instructions


  1. In a large bowl, combine macaroni, celery, green onions, shrimp, and black olives (if using).
  2. Mix in most of the Uncle Dan's Dressing until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. Cover and refrigerate the salad, reserving some dressing. The macaroni will absorb some of the dressing while chilling.
  4. Before serving, stir in the reserved Uncle Dan's Dressing as needed. Serve cold. (Though, a sneaky immediate serving won't hurt!)
  5. Pro-tip: To easily make Uncle Dan's dressing, save a large wide-mouth jar (more than 32 ounces in capacity). Measure ingredients directly into this jar using marked lines for easy future reference. After marking the 2 cup mayonnaise and 2 cup buttermilk levels, you won't need to measure next time – just fill to the lines.

Please log in to leave a comment.

No comments yet...