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Tarragon Shrimp Salad (Video)

I loved how French Tarragon from the garden perked up the flavors in this tasty Tarragon Shrimp Salad and the salad also has celery, green onion, and celery seed.  

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In this Tarragon Shrimp Salad the tarragon really brought out the other flavors, and this was a perfect salad for a warm-weather day. This salad is reminiscent of the Shrimp and Macaroni Salad that I so often made for my dad, and I don’t think there’s any doubt that dad would have loved this salad as well. One thing that’s made my Shrimp and Macaroni Salad such a favorite in the Denny family is the trick of catching the shrimp “juice” from the frozen shrimp, then reducing it by boiling and using that to add some concentrated shrimp flavor to the dressing for the salad.

I used that trick for this salad too, but the idea for a shrimp salad with tarragon came from a recipe for Shrimp Salad with Tarragon and Chives that showed up in my e-mail as a daily recipe from Fine Cooking. And this salad doesn’t have any macaroni or other high-carb ingredients, so this one is definitely a low-carb treat!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe:

  • frozen cooked shrimp (I used 50-70 count shrimp)
  • celery
  • green onions
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • mayo
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
  • reduced shrimp “juice” (see notes)
  • fresh chopped French Tarragon
  • Celery Seed (affiliate link)

What is French Tarragon?

I had probably been growing herbs for at least 15 years before I discovered French Tarragon, but now I just can’t imagine my herb garden without this distinctive and interesting flavor.  Tarragon has a flavor that’s a little similar to fresh basil, but it’s more licorice flavored and slightly less spicy. It’s the herb that gives the distinctive flavor to Béarnaise sauce if you’ve ever had that in a French restaurant, and French Tarragon goes well with chicken, fish, and eggs. If you don’t have French Tarragon I recommend substituting basil, but please don’t try making this with dried tarragon, which really doesn’t taste much like fresh tarragon at all. And if you’re a fan of this flavor, check out all my recipes using tarragon in my post on Cooking with French Tarragon!

Tarragon Shrimp Salad process shots collage

How to make this salad:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. I made this with cooked frozen shrimp, and because I wanted some of the shrimp “juice” to add to the dressing I drained the thawed shrimp into a colander with something underneath to catch the juice.
  2. Then put the shrimp juice into a small saucepan and boil until it’s reduced to 1 or 2 tablespoons.
  3. Cut the shrimp into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Cut the celery and the green onions into diagonal slices.
  5. I chopped up two teaspoons of tarragon, took this photo, and then I ended up chopping another teaspoon after I tasted the dressing.  (If you’re not sure how much you like tarragon, I’d use the smaller amount.)
  6. Whisk together the mayo, lemon juice, reduced shrimp juice, chopped tarragon, and celery seed to make the flavorful dressing.
  7. Toss all the ingredients together, stir in the dressing and mix to combine.  This is best when chilled for at least a couple of hours before serving.

More Tasty Salads with Shrimp:

Family Favorite Shrimp and Macaroni ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Margarita Shrimp Salad from One Perfect Bite
Easy Shrimp and Avocado Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Photo of Tarragon Shrimp Salad in salad bowl

Tarragon Shrimp Salad

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

French Tarragon from the garden perks up the flavors in this tasty Tarragon Shrimp Salad.


Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. frozen cooked shrimp (I used 50-70 count shrimp)
  • 1 cup diagonally sliced celery (or more)
  • 1/4 cup diagonally sliced green onions
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 T reduced shrimp juice
  • 1 T finely chopped tarragon (or less if you’re not sure how much you like tarragon)
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed


  1. Thaw shrimp (overnight in the refrigerator or in the bag in cold water) and then drain into a colander placed over a large bowl or measuring cup to catch the shrimp “juice.”
  2. Put the juice into a small saucepan and boil until it’s reduced to 1-2 tablespoons.  (I usually taste to see how strong it is to decide when it’s reduced enough.)
  3. Let the shrimp juice cool for a few minutes before you add it to the dressing.
  4. Cut shrimp into bite-sized pieces and place in salad bowl that has a snap-tight lid.
  5. Diagonally slice enough celery to make 1 cup celery slices.
  6. Diagonally slice enough green onion to make 1/4 cup sliced green onion.
  7. When shrimp juice has cooled, whisk together the mayo, lemon juice, shrimp juice, chopped tarragon, and celery seed to make the dressing.
  8. Toss salad ingredients together, then add dressing and stir to coat all the ingredients with dressing.
  9. Put lid on the salad bowl and chill in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours before serving.
  10. When salad has chilled, season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve.
  11. This kept well in the refrigerator for several days.


This recipe adapted from Shrimp Salad with Tarragon and Chives from Fine Cooking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 168mgSodium: 952mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 18g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
This Tarragon Shrimp Salad with Celery, Green Onion, and Celery Seed is good choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet. Mayonnaise is a limited ingredient, so if you use full-fat mayo for the salad you should limit portion size, especially for phase one. The Salad is also great for other low-carb diet plans, including Paleo or Whole 30 if you use the right mayo.

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    36 Comments on “Tarragon Shrimp Salad (Video)”

  1. My blog is not Paleo, so I'm not quite sure what you mean?

  2. Mayo is Paleo? I know they rhyme and all, but I'm thinking no. Hmmmmm….

    I say "Paleoish".

  3. That salad looks fantastic! I think I'll make it for my mother, who LOVES shrimp. Perfect lunch with a bowl of vegetable soup.

    I'm not fond of reduced fat "mayo", so I've found alternatives. I'm going to try this using 1/4 cup 1% buttermilk and 1 Tbsp each fat-free sour cream and full-fat mayo.

  4. I really like the sound of a shrimp salad.

  5. Mark, I agree completely. I still remember when I first tried it and how I loved it immediately. Hope you enjoy the salad.

  6. Tarragon is such an underrated spice. Especially with seafood. I think I'm going to make this soon, seafood salads are the best in summer. Thanks!

  7. Oh Teresa, I just love hearing that my blog is helping you with South Beach. Thanks for taking the time to let me know that, and glad you enjoyed the shrimp salad!

  8. It's 104 degrees in our part of Texas and I didn't feel like cooking tonight…remembered this recipe, ran to Kroger for a few ingredients and…YUM! I can tolerate this heat a little better when I get to eat something this good AND still be on the South Beach diet!

    My husband and I are both doing the SBD (since April of this year) and your website has been instrumental to our success…great recipes that never make us feel like we are on a diet! My husband has lost 68lbs and I have lost 28lbs. Thanks so much Kalyn for your time devoted to this website…we're so grateful!

    Teresa in Texas

  9. My mother always added celery seed to potato salad, so from that I started adding it to shrimp salad. I think it's a great addition to mayo-based salad dressings.

  10. I love tarragon with shrimp. And like you, I can't imagine life without tarragon.

    I do love the sound of this salad. I would never have thought to add celery seed. (So far, the only thing I've ever added celery seed to is stock.)

  11. Thanks Katrina; I loved it.

  12. Great combination of flavors, Kalyn!

  13. Karen so glad you like it. I agree that tarragon goes so well with seafood.

  14. What a pretty salad for summer. I love adding tarragon to seafood…the flavors go so well together.

  15. Martha, I'm sure it will be good even without the concentrated shrimp juice, but truly it does add a lot of flavor! Hope you try it.

  16. Kalyn, This looks delicious. I love shrimp salad and love tarragon, but have never combined them. The idea of concentrating the shrimp juice sounds interesting, but I'm much too lazy a cook to bother 🙂 I've got a back of cooked shrimp in the freezer and look forward to making this very soon.