Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Pesto Recipe

Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Pesto Recipe

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by Eli Krieger

This delicious, protein-rich salad offers a lot of benefits for little effort, and can be easily prepared using items you easily keep on hand—shrimp and pesto in the fridge, a can of beans on the shelf and a few pantry staples. Simply toss the shrimp (which you can boil in advance or buy already cooked) with tender white beans, finely chopped celery and onion, and an herbaceous, citrus-lemon pesto, then serve the salad over lettuce leaves topped with cheese. Fresh basil for an elegant, irresistible dish.

NB: You can buy cooked shrimp, or cook them yourself. To boil shrimp, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add shrimp, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until shrimp turn pink and curl up, 2 to 3 minutes. Slice one shrimp to ensure it is completely opaque, then drain, flatten and let cool. (Cooking time varies depending on the size of the shrimp.)

storage: Shrimp salad can be prepared and refrigerated for up to 2 days.

From cookbook author and registered dietitian Ellie Krieger.


Measuring cup

Meals: 46 (Makes about 6 cups)


  1. Step 1

    Finely grate a teaspoon of lemon peel, then cut the lemon in half. Juice half a lemon to get two tablespoons of juice. Cut the remaining lemon into wedges.

  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, combine shrimp, beans, celery, onion, pesto, lemon zest and juice together, add salt and stir to combine. Taste and season with additional salt to taste and black pepper to taste.

  3. Step 3

    To serve, arrange two lettuce leaves on each plate. Top each with about 1 cup of shrimp salad, then garnish with basil leaves and lemon slices to squeeze over.

Nutritional facts

Per serving (about 1 salad cup), based on 6

  • Calories


  • fat


  • Saturated fat

    1 g

  • Carbohydrates

    8 grams

  • sodium

    283 mg

  • Cholesterol

    122 mg

  • protein

    18 grams

  • Fiber

    2 grams

  • sugar

    1 g

This analysis is an estimate based on the available ingredients and this product. It should not be a substitute for the advice of a dietitian or nutritionist.

From cookbook author and registered dietitian Ellie Krieger.

Previously checked Olga Masov.

Posted on August 10, 2023

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