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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. Kalyn, this looks really good!! I've never used terragon. Will give this a try this weekend!! Excellent for summer!

  2. Mary, my pleasure. Your food always looks good to me!

    Lady Amalthea, tarragon is very easy to grow. It survives the coldest winters in Utah and comes back with gusto. Highly recommend!

    Jeanne, I never could get what the fuss was over tarragon until I tried the fresh tarragon!

    Spensor, hope you will get to try it.

  3. Wow Kalyn this dish simply looks great, can't wait to try it out over the weekend.

  4. Mmmm, this looks fabulous! I like the idea of thawing the shrimp over something and catching the "juice" to use as a dressing base. And you are so right about fresh and dried tarragon – chalk and cheese!!

  5. I may need a tarragon plant! Thanks for the suggestion of reducing the shrimp juice. That's a wonderful idea that I think could come in handy for lots of things made from frozen ingredients.

  6. What a lovely and flavorful salad, Kalyn. This sounds delicious. Thank you so much for the link to my blog. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  7. Jeanie, good to hear from another tarragon lover.

  8. I love tarragon and this salad looks incredible. Thanks.

  9. Lydia, my pleasure. And try the concentrated shrimp juice, it really bumps it up a notch.

    Kelly, welcome. Glad you're enjoying the blog.

    Aggie, hope you get to try it. And I'm going to try the chicken salad with almonds!

    Cooking Creation, thanks!

  10. This is a great summer salad! I could bite into some of that right now!

  11. I'm loving this salad! Shrimp salad is one of my favorite "creamy" salads and I don't make it enough. The herbs sound like a wonderful touch.

    I am going to be craving this till I make it!

  12. This looks incredible!!! I absolutely love your blog and I'm so glad to be a new follower! xoxo

  13. Great tip about concentrating the shrimp "juice" in the dressing. I have French tarragon in my herb garden, too, and almost always use it with chicken or egg dishes. Nice to know it works so well with shrimp. Thanks so much for including one of my recipes.

  14. Elizabeth, thanks, glad you're enjoying the blog.

    MIZZ, I edited the post to say this kept well in the fridge for several days. Mayo is a limited food for SB; if you use light mayo it's 2 T per day but only 1 T for regular mayo (for phase one.)

  15. I cannot find the super like button.. this looks like a must try…

    For South beach.. do we use low fat mayo ? Also does this keep well overnight ?

    I am adding shrimps and celery and tarragon to my shopping list this weekend

  16. What a delcious shrimp salad! I've been looking for a fresh new way to make one and here it is in your post. Love your blog & all the unique veggie ideas. Will be back soon for more. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Maris, hope you like it!

    Becki, I wouldn't be surprised if it was tarragon; it's also really good in chicken salad.

    Mub, I would love this in crab salad. Very interesting; I didn't know it's sometimes called "dragon." I like that name for it!

  18. I'm thinking that dressing would make a nice crab salad too.

    I never really tried tarragon until I moved to The Netherlands. It's called "dragon" here and that just had me too curious NOT to try!

  19. This looks delish. There is a restaurant in Annapolis, MD that serves the best shrimp salad and there is some herb in it – and I am never quite sure what is is. I am wondering if its tarragon. I will have to try this and find out!

  20. I just found today's lunch!