Gluten Free Chili Lime Shrimp Pasta Salad Recipe

Gluten Free Chili Lime Shrimp Pasta Salad Recipe

This is a great gluten free recipe for a pasta salad that can be eaten straight away or cold later on. In our house, we enjoyed it both ways!

This salad has a Mexican flair to it, thanks to the dressing of lime juice and chili powder. It contains very little fat, is dairy and refined sugar free and, thanks to the black beans and spinach, is super good for you. Of course good for you is all fine and dandy, but how does it taste? Well, we give it a great big thumbs-up over here at my house.

When we were last in Mexico, we ate a lot of shrimp, which was sort of the inspiration for this dish. Well, actually, if I am to be perfectly honest, the real inspiration for the dish was the fact that I was hungry, tired and in a hurry. I scouted out my pantry, fridge and freezer and it yielded some gluten free penne pasta from Pastato, a bag of frozen shrimp, some leftover black beans and baby spinach leaves. A few other odds and ends and voila – dinner in about 20 minutes!

We ate it warm for dinner and then the next day, cold for lunch – hard to say which way I prefer but I know I liked it so much I am making it again this weekend to serve at our barbeque!

They say necessity is the mother of invention. I think hunger is right up there, too!

Gluten Free Chili Lime Shrimp Pasta Salad

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Gluten Free Chili Lime Shrimp Pasta Salad Recipe
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Gluten Free Chili Lime Shrimp Pasta Salad Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 381kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 8 ounces Pastato Penne Pasta
  • ¼ cup lime fresh lime juice (from 2 – 3 limes)
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Gluten free non-stick cooking spray
  • 12 ounces large shrimp , peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups cooked black beans or use 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup red onion (from ½ a small red onion), diced
  • 1 tomato , seeded and diced
  • fresh cilantro and limes for garnish - optional


  • Cook pasta in salted water according to the package directions. Drain and rinse with hot water.
  • Combine the lime juice, garlic, chili powder, salt, pepper, honey and olive oil in a small glass jar and shake to combine.
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Add shrimp to pan and cook for about 1 minute per side or until the shrimp just starts to turn pink. Stir in the spinach, black beans, onion and the lime dressing. Add the pasta, toss to coat well and heat for another minute or two, or until the spinach has wilted. Stir in the tomato. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and serve with wedges of fresh lime if desired.
  • To eat warm, serve immediately. To serve cold, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Can be made a day ahead.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Chili Lime Shrimp Pasta Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 662mg28%
Potassium 510mg15%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1775IU36%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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  1. June 13, 2012

    It’s been a long time since I’ve had a pasta salad! This one looks like a perfect Summer BBQ salad – and easily vegan without the shrimp. Yum!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      June 20, 2012

      Thanks Maggie and yes, it would still have plenty of protein with out the shrimp!

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  4. June 14, 2012

    Anything with shrimp and lime is right up my alley! YUM!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      June 20, 2012

      Thanks Katrina, we miss you around here!

  5. This looks easy and delicious! I pinned it and will be making it soon :)

  6. Oh wow!! What a perfect salad for this summer! I love this recipe! :D My boys would totally dig this one!

  7. June 14, 2012

    Yum, Yum, Yummy – anything with shrimp in it is okay with me. Thanks for all the wonderful, tasty recipies.

  8. June 14, 2012

    That is a refreshing recipe for the summer.

  9. June 14, 2012

    Lovely and fresh with the zing of lime, yummo!

  10. This is a pasta I would love for dinner too! Gotta look out for some gluten-free pastas to try.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      July 16, 2012

      Thanks Angie! Enjoy.

  11. This meal looks so nutritious and satisfying! I love shrimp, and in pasta, you’ve got my mouth watering! I’ll have to check out the cookbooks. Have a great weekend!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      July 20, 2012

      Thanks Julia – you have a great weekend too!

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    1. Gluten Free & More
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