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Italian Marinated Shrimp

Italian Marinated Shrimp- fresh shrimp are marinated with Italian dressing, artichoke hearts, olives, tomatoes, roasted red pepper, and feta cheese. A great make-ahead party appetizer!

Italian Marinated Shrimp in a large bowl.

 

Since this party appetizer is served chilled, it makes a great summer recipe but is also awesome for holiday parties.

It can be made 1 to 2 days ahead of time. The flavors get even better as they have time to meld and the shrimp really soak up the flavors.

 

A packet of dry Italian dressing mix really cuts down on the prep time for this recipe and adds tons of flavor.

If you want to make this Italian Marinated Shrimp, add 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.

 

Italian Marinated Shrimp in a large bowl with fresh parlsey.

I like to cook the shrimp and then peel them, but you can peel them and then boil them if you want. It doesn’t make too much difference.

It’s best to use fresh, local shrimp, but can also be made with frozen shrimp. Just thaw them before boiling them.

This recipe can easily be altered to suit your tastes. Mushrooms, red bell pepper, and capers are also great additions. Leave the artichokes and/or olives out if you don’t like them.

You can use either marinated artichoke hearts or ones packed in water.

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Italian Marinated Shrimp in a large bowl.

Italian Marinated Shrimp

Italian Marinated Shrimp- fresh shrimp are marinated with Italian dressing, artichoke hearts, olives, tomatoes, roasted red pepper, and feta cheese. A great make-ahead party appetizer!

PREP: 15 mins
COOK: 0 mins
Refrigerate: 4 hrs
SERVINGS: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp
  • 1 packet dry Italian dressing mix
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (14-ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 (6-ounce) can large black olives
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  • Cook shrimp in boiling water just until they turn pink. This will only take a few minutes. Drain and let cool. Once cool, peel them.
  • Add Italian dressing mix to a large bowl. Add vinegar and oil and whisk.
  • Add shrimp, artichokes, olives, cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, red onion, and parsley.
  • Sprinkle feta cheese on top. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. If possible, give everything a stir a few times while it is marinating.

Notes

For best flavor, I recommend marinating for 24 hours.
Regular balsamic vinegar can be used instead of white. It will just discolor the ingredients some. Or red wine vinegar can be used.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcal
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: make-ahead, marinated shrimp

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8 thoughts on “Italian Marinated Shrimp”

  1. Jill R Frejd

    This is absolutely delicious!! I used frozen shrimp instead of raw. Used raw red peppers instead of roasted. Also added some basil and fresh mozzarella. Since white balsamic is a little sweeter I added some strawberries. Was so good. And of course you can always add avocado before serving, because you know avocado goes with EVERYTHING!! This is a delightful cold summer salad!!

    1. Jill R Frejd

      Yes
      Will just turn the color of shrimp and cheese brown. White balsamic is a little sweeter. I added strawberries too. Was delicious!

  2. Hi, Do you use marinated artichokes or water packed ?? Neighbor gave us a ton of tomatoes & zucchini, can’t wait to try this.

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      Water-packed are fine since there is plebty of flavor in the marinade, but marinated would work as well.

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