This keto-friendly Creamy Shrimp Salad recipe is quick and easy to make but makes a meal shrimp aficionados will love! This shrimp salad contains no mayo, but gets its creaminess from sour cream instead. This recipe may be part of a low carb, keto, egg free, or Atkins diet.


Creamy, Keto Shrimp salad.


The recipe for Creamy Shrimp Salad

This recipe comes together very quickly. We used pre-cooked frozen shrimp to cut out the step of cooking the shrimp. Instead of using mayonnaise, I altered my keto-friendly dressing I used on my recipe for grilled romaine. This dressing has a bit of sour cream, lemon juice, and olive oil. To add some flavor to this creamy goodness, I added some dill, a small amount of red pepper flakes and, of course some salt and pepper.


A salad isn’t a salad without some veggies! I tossed in some red onion, cucumber, and celery provide some crunchy contrast. The coolness of the cucumber makes this the perfect salad to serve on a warm day.


Can I make Creamy Shrimp Salad ahead?

Yes! I like to make this salad a few hours to one day ahead of the time I serve it. This gives time for the flavors to “mingle” and makes the salad even tastier.


If you do decide to make it ahead, just give it a quick stir before serving as the dressing will settle at the bottom of the bowl. I also like to taste it one more time with a fresh palette to determine if it needs more salt. 


Overhead shot of our creamy shrimp salad.

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What shrimp works best for shrimp salad?

I use precooked shrimp for this salad to cut out an extra step and decrease the amount of time needed to make this salad. Maybe it’s a shortcut, but it’s one I’m willing to take to spend less time in the kitchen on a busy day.


For shrimp salad, I like to use small to medium, bite-sized shrimp. An added bonus is that they are less expensive than larger shrimp.


If you can’t find small shrimp, you can still make shrimp salad. Simply slice the larger shrimp into bite-sized pieces. Some people prefer larger shrimp for their salad. If this is the case for you, leave them whole!


Regardless of the size, you will want to either purchase shrimp that has already been shelled and deveined, or do this yourself before making the recipe. I’m not a fan of taking the extra time to do this, so I like to buy my shrimp already deveined and peeled. 


Taking a bite of our creamy shrimp salad.


What to serve with our keto friendly Creamy Shrimp Salad

This salad makes a wonderful lunch all by itself, but if you would like, you can serve it over a bed of lettuce. Some simple romaine or butterhead lettuce would be perfect. 


You could also turn it into a lettuce wrap by spooning it onto a large lettuce leaf and wrapping it up like a burrito. If you’re in the mood for a “real” wrap, you can create a low carb version with our keto-friendly tortilla recipe


This salad would work well with a simple soup as an accompaniment. Our Low-Carb Cream of Zucchini Soup or our cream of roasted asparagus soup would work well with this shrimp salad.


If you’re in the mood for something a little more bread-like to go along with this shrimp salad, you might want to check out our Low-Carb Onion Dill Savory Scones, or our Low-Carb Sour Cream Biscuits.


More keto-friendly shrimp recipes

Shrimp are one thing I like to keep in my freezer for when I need a quick and easy meal. You can quickly defrost them and cook them. Shrimp are also very versatile and can be used in a variety of different styles of cooking. 


If you love shrimp and need more keto-friendly shrimp recipes, you might want to try our our recipe for Keto Coconut Shrimp, or  Keto Shrimp Cakes  or this Keto Tuscan Shrimp recipe from Gimme Delicious. 


Final words

This keto friendly creamy shrimp salad recipe makes a quick, delicious, make-ahead meal. I hope it helps make your low-carb journey easier. Enjoy!



Creamy Shrimp Salad with Dill recipe

Creamy, Keto Shrimp salad.
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Shrimp Salad (Keto Friendly | Low Carb)

This keto-friendly Creamy Shrimp Salad recipe is quick and easy to make but makes a meal shrimp aficionados will love! This shrimp salad contains no mayo, but gets its creaminess from sour cream instead. This recipe may be part of a low carb, keto, egg free, or Atkins diet.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, low-carb
Keyword easy keto dinner, Fast and easy keto dinner, keto shrimp recipe, low carb shrimp recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 134 kcal
Author Annissa Slusher


  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill minced
  • ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (the more the spicier)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • ½ cup celery finely chopped
  • ½ cup cucumber finely chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1 pound cooked small shrimp peeled and deveined
  • extra fresh dill for garnish, if desired


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the sour cream until smooth. While whisking vigorously, slowly stream in the lemon juice. Whisk in the garlic, mustard, dill, red pepper flakes, sea salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings.

    Making the dressing.
  2. Stir in the cooked shrimp, cucumber and celery. Garnish with extra dill, if desired.

    Adding the veggies and the shrimp.
  3. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. To serve, stir, taste and adjust seasonings, and garnish with addition dill, if desired.

    Completed keto shrimp salad.
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Salad (Keto Friendly | Low Carb)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 213mg71%
Sodium 660mg29%
Potassium 164mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 3%0%
Vitamin C 3%4%
Calcium 16%2%
Iron 0%0%
Net Carbs 3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.