Chilli Prawn and Pasta Salad

Chilli Prawn and Pasta Salad, Healthy, seafood, shellfish, packed lunch, cold food, dinner, lunch

Chilli Prawn and Pasta Salad

My daughter has been nagging me for a long time to make pasta salad because if we’ve ever had to buy lunch out this is what she chooses over a sandwich. So one night feeling inspired I thought about what flavours would work well together and so my Chilli Prawn and Pasta Salad was born. I just love garlic and prawns and wanting to make the salad extra vitamin packed I added parsley and then for some kick I added the red chilli which all mingle so well with the avocado, peppers, spring onions and pasta.

I’m pleased to say the salad was a huge hit with its refreshing zing and we’ve had it a few times since I created it. You could play around with the ingredients upping the quantities and adding your own salad drawer items. One time I didn’t have any avocado so I used cucumber in instead. You could also add some halved cherry tomatoes or some toasted pinenuts – you really can play around with the components to suit your taste.

Chilli Prawn and Pasta Salad, Healthy, seafood, shellfish, packed lunch, cold food, dinner, lunch

This salad would be perfect for a packed lunch too so why not make extra and save yourself some extra work! I do hope you try this simple but flavour packed refreshing salad as it ticks all the boxes in our household!


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A wonderful zingy pasta salad with prawns, chilli, avocado, spring onions and peppers steeped in a garlicy parsley dressing - you'll want this time and again!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4
  • 200g Prawns, cooked and peeled
  • 300g Pasta shapes
  • ½ Red pepper, chopped
  • ½ Green pepper, chopped
  • ½ Yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 Red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • 3 - 4 Spring Onions, sliced
  • 1 Avocado, chopped
  • For dressing:
  • 3 Heaped tsp chopped parsley
  • 3 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tbsp. White wine vinegar
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • Pinch of brown sugar
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper
  1. Cook the pasta according to instructions, drain and cool.
  2. Make the dressing by combining the parsley, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, sugar, salt & pepper in a lidded beaker and shake vigorously.
  3. Combine the chopped vegetables, chilli and prawns with the pasta, pour over the dressing and mix well.
  4. Serve with crusty bread.

Chilli Prawn and Pasta Salad, Healthy, seafood, shellfish, packed lunch, cold food, dinner, lunch

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Greek “Salad” Pasta from Fuss Free Flavours

Chicken Pasta Salad from Hungry Healthy Happy

Ricotta & Pesto Pasta Salad from Utterly Scrummy

I’m entering my Chilli Prawn & Pasta Salad into the following blog events:

Tasty Tuesdays at Honest Mum

Recipe of the Week at A Mummy Too

Extra Veg run by Fuss Free Flavours & Utterly Scrummy hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary

Simple & in Season run by Ren Behan and hosted by Franglais Cook

Tasty Tuesdaysrecipe-of-the-weekExtra Veg eventSimple & in Season

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  1. Amy Fidler

    my ideal pasta salad x great for picnics and bbq’s x

    1. Camilla

      Yes and great for preparing ahead to come home to:-)

  2. Martina Evans

    Looks delicious, great salad!

  3. Paul Wilson

    Looks refreshing.

  4. Maya Russell

    A lovely, fresh salad. Avocado goes really well with prawns.

  5. michelleclaire

    Looks like a great recipe for Summer!

  6. sian hallewell

    looks really healthy and tasty

  7. William Gould

    Can’t beat a pasta salad, wife made something similar last week, but used tuna flakes and didn’t have avocado or chilli in it!

  8. Jane Middleton

    I love pasta salads, so this is a must try

    1. Camilla

      It’s a favourite here:-)

  9. Farhana

    Love the colours in it

  10. Niori

    Going to try this tomorrow. My daughter is a huge fan of pasta salads, and I’m feeling the need for something healthy…..look at all those veg!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you – enjoy:-)

  11. Fuss Free Helen

    I think it is the avocado that makes this one Camilla! Anything with avo in is a winner for me.

    1. Camilla

      Yes you can’t go far wrong with avocado Helen:-) Just wish they weren’t a kings ransom in the shops now!

  12. Nazima

    wow what a lovely colourful recipe Camilla – thanks for sharing with simple and in season xx

    1. Camilla

      A pleasure, thank you:-)

  13. Elizabeth

    A lovely salad recipe – loads of different colours, flavours and textures – a fab #ExtraVeg entry! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth, I think we’d have it more often if avocados weren’t so expensive!

  14. Anne Dalzell

    I’m not a big salad fan but this looks bright, fresh and filling so will give it a go. x

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  15. Galina V

    What a pretty, colourful and healthy pasta salad. Just lovely.

  16. Penelope Harper

    This is so yummy. Hubby had it two days running. Easy cooking for me too.

    1. Camilla

      I know it’s a real winner of a dish, nutritious and easy:-)

  17. glenn hutton

    This looks amazing and tasty, I just love cold pasta salad’s…

  18. Sam Williams

    This looks delicious!

  19. Andrew Petrie

    I’ve never particularly liked the idea of mixing spices such as chilli with pasta but this one does the trick and the addition of avocado is a great idea

  20. William Gould

    I love pasta salads as a change from ordinary salads!

  21. Sarah Lewis

    Love chillis and prawns so this is right up my street. Must try and give this a try before the good weather disappears!!

  22. Pete

    What a versatile recipe. can be adapted according to what’s in the fridge!

  23. Fiver Feeds

    One of rear pasta salads I could eat every single day, seems so tasty!

  24. Irene Wright

    Had a pasta salad with smoked fish last night for dinner. It was really nice to have a change from the usual lettuce salad even though I do vary what I put in my salads. This one looks good too so will try it over the next few days will the sun is out because we might not get many more sunny days before winter sets in again.

    1. Camilla

      Hope you enjoy it:-)

  25. Karen

    I am a HUGE pasta salad lover too Camilla and this one looks full of tasty flavours and textures! Karen

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Karen, I don’t know why it’s taken me so long:-)


    Looks so healthy and delicious! Love the dressing too! Nom nom!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it a great dish for making ahead and pulling out of the fridge at the last minute:-)

  27. Hayley @ Hay In A Day

    This looks so fresh & tasty! I just want to dive right in please! #TastyTuesday

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it’s a favourite here now:-)

  28. Honest Mum

    Such a vibrant, pretty salad! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Vikki:-)

  29. Sophie at Franglaise Cooking

    This looks great – I’m always on the look out for new salad ideas and this has all my favourite ingredients! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, we’ve been enjoying it for dinner;-)

    2. Camilla

      Thanks, it’s an area I want to expand:-

  30. My Family Ties

    That looks lovely a perfect lunch or dinner dish #TastyTuesdays

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, we’ve been enjoying it for dinner:-)

  31. Maddy

    Always looking for new twists on past salad- could live off it!

  32. Rubina

    Thanks so much for this tasty looking recipe will definitely give it a go. Always looking for nourishing meals as we are vegetarians and this fits the bill. Good luck and thanks again Rubina

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  33. Ursula Hunt

    Looks like a very tasty pasta salad

    1. Camilla

      Thank you it really is:-)

  34. Katie Bryson

    Lovely flavours in here Camilla – haven’t made a pasta salad for ages and I really must as the boys adore pasta in every way it comes!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Katie, it’s so simple and quick so a win/win situation:-)

  35. Vohn McGuinness

    I completely agree with your daughter – pasta salad is ace & I always choose it over a sandwich. Any time I am making pasta for dinner, I always cook extra to have a pasta salad for lunch the next day. I love prawns but Mr Vohn isn’t keen, so I’ll definitely be making your recipe for lunch soon as he is rarely here at lunchtime! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Vohn – good idea:-)

  36. Danielle.a

    Looks yummy and so inviting

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, do hope you try it:-)

  37. Jeanne Horak-Druiff

    Mmm I do love a good pasta salad but it’s something I seldom make at home for some reason. Prawns and chilli are a winning combo!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jeanne – yes I’ve never made them so it was high time! Maybe rice salad will be my next port of call:-)

  38. Florence Cross

    Voting hot!!!

    1. Camilla


  39. Fuss Free Helen

    A fab and bargainous pasta salad Camilla. And robust enough to be portable so perfect for packed lunches.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, we can’t get enough of it here. I keep a bag of chopped parsley in the freezer so I can put one together at any time:-)

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  41. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    Nice sharp colours there, looks suitably summery and light too for these surprisingly warm evenings. And the best thing about pasta salad is you can eat it the next day without needing to warm it up 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, yes I must remember to make extra for the next day:-)

  42. Ciara (@My Fussy Eater)

    Yum, looks so fresh!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks it really is:-)

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