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Pasta salad with crab meat recipe

Pasta salad with crab meat recipe

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  • Seafood salad
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A filling pasta salad that is ready in 20 minutes. Good for a picnic or for days when you don't feel like spending much time in the kitchen.

2 people made this

IngredientsServes: 6

  • 300g rotini pasta
  • 150g frozen petits pois, more to taste
  • 2 (120g) packages crabmeat, flaked
  • 70g Swiss cheese, grated
  • 40g grated Parmesan cheese, or more to taste
  • 2/3 of a 250ml bottle oil and vinegar salad dressing (such as Newman's Own®), to taste

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:10min ›Ready in:20min

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions till al dente, about 8 minutes.
  2. Put frozen peas into a large colander. Pour the pasta water over the peas. Fill the empty pot with cold water and immerse pasta and peas in the cold water to cool completely. Drain well.
  3. Mix crab meat, Swiss cheese, and Parmesan cheese in a large bowl; add pasta and peas and toss to mix. Pour dressing over the salad and toss to coat.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Pasta Salad, and 8 Recipes to Try

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Pasta salad can be so much more than a last-minute potluck dish! With the right ingredients and a few helpful hints, you can create a nutritious meal that’ll fill everyone up. Let’s look at some pasta salad do’s and don’ts and some of our fave recipes.

Easy Cold Crab Pasta Salad Recipe

To make this cold crab pasta salad, you’ll need sour cream, mayonnaise <low fat of either of those is fine>, lemon juice <fresh or bottled>, honey mustard, fresh dill, salt, pepper, shell pasta, real or imitation crab meat, red and green bell pepper, and chopped green onions.

<Ingredient measurements and full instructions can be found in the printable recipe card further down in this post.>

Prep the sauce in a bowl and chop the vegetables while the pasta is cooking.

Drain the pasta well in a colander and then run it under cold water to cool it down.

You can make this crab pasta salad well in advance of your meal time so it has time to cool and chill in the fridge … but if the time gets too close, don’t worry, it’s equally delicious just slightly cool.

Just be sure to run the pasta under very cold water before mixing it with the dressing and all the other ingredients if you intend to eat it right away.

It makes my mouth water just thinking about this savory recipe and as soon as the weather warms up, it’s one of the most requested in our house!

Whip up the creamy dressing

We kept the dressing simple. Mayonnaise is a classic pairing for crab, making it ideal for the foundation of this creamy dressing. In addition to mayonnaise, the dressing requires only three more ingredients: red wine vinegar, cumin, and salt.

Red wine vinegar is a lightly flavored vinegar that pairs very well with crab and lightens up the heaviness of the mayonnaise. Adding cumin and salt gives it just enough kick to make everything taste like a dressing, and not simply mayonnaise. If you don't have red wine vinegar, white wine, golden balsamic, or even rice wine vinegar are all lightly flavored enough to go well with the crab without being distracting.

18 Imitation Crab Recipes

Imitation crab, also known as surimi, is a fish paste formed into sticks that can be shredded for various crab dishes. It's easily accessible and very affordable. Whip up a batch of crab salad for those warm summer days, or a comforting crab linguine for a cold winter night!

What can I do with leftover dill and chives?

You’ll probably have leftover herbs after making this crab and shrimp pasta salad. But don’t worry, they don’t need to go to waste.

Chives are most often used as a garnish, such as for ham and potato soup or phyllo cup appetizers. Chives can also be used to make my simple tartar sauce recipe.

Extra dill can be used to make lemon herb mayonnaise for a smoked salmon BLT. Chives are also a key ingredient in yogurt dipping sauces for my Greek chicken meatballs and air fryer turkey meatballs.

Or, if you’re so inclined, Better Homes & Gardens has a nice tutorial on how to freeze fresh herbs.

Crab Salad Ingredients

Some people like to add all sorts of fancy stuff to their crab salad (onions, dill, chopped cucumber, cumin, etc.) but, I like my crab salad SUPER simple. Not to say that the above mentioned add-ins are bad, they just alter the taste too much in my opinion. If you feel like adding any extras, feel free. As mentioned above, we would serve this is the restaurant I worked at in Hawaii and it was always a crowd favorite. Everyone wanted to know the secret to why it was so good, and really, there was no secret at all! It is the easiest, most simple crab salad recipe ever.

Recipe of Quick Seafood Salad

Seafood Salad. Not too pickly tasting, mild with a nice. Recipes for salads with seafood, including crab salad with caesar vinaigrette. Whether you're craving something refreshing like crab, apple, and watercress salad or something hearty like warm.

Use crab, shrimp or lobster to make it your. Salad is any of a wide variety of dishes including: green salads vegetable salads salads of pasta, legumes, or grains mixed salads incorporating meat, poultry, or seafood and fruit salads. They often include vegetables and/or fruits.

Hey everyone, it’s me again, Dan, welcome to my recipe page. Today, I will show you a way to prepare a special dish, seafood salad. One of my favorites food recipes. For mine, I will make it a bit unique. This is gonna smell and look delicious.

Seafood Salad is one of the most favored of current trending meals on earth. It is enjoyed by millions every day. It’s simple, it’s fast, it tastes yummy. Seafood Salad is something that I have loved my entire life. They’re fine and they look wonderful.

Not too pickly tasting, mild with a nice. Recipes for salads with seafood, including crab salad with caesar vinaigrette. Whether you're craving something refreshing like crab, apple, and watercress salad or something hearty like warm.

To get started with this particular recipe, we have to first prepare a few ingredients. You can have seafood salad using 8 ingredients and 5 steps. Here is how you cook that.

The ingredients needed to make Seafood Salad:

Discover Seafood Salad Recipes from My Food and Family! Seafood salads are great Check out our quick and easy Seafood Salad Recipes including delicious crab recipes and shrimp recipes. Seafood salad is a family favorite, especially during the spring and summer. The most popular seafood salads are usually made with or without pasta noodles.

Steps to make Seafood Salad:

  1. Prepare salad.
  2. Sear and finish on grill seafood.
  3. Serve salad cold proteins warm.
  4. Add Dressing.
  5. Nuknam sauce.

Serve regular seafood salad as a sandwich. Move Over Chicken Caesar, It's Seafood Salad Season. Use all the best of summer's flavors with this selection of quick and tasty seafood salads. Toss with the salad and season with salt and pepper. Zesty Seafood Salad, Spicy Seafood Salad, Chilled Chickpea And Seafood Salad.

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3 simple crab pasta recipes

Seafood pasta is such a treat, and these delicious recipes really hero the natural sweetness of crab.

Such a beautiful thing – loaded up with white and brown meat – crab pasta recipes should be a celebration of fresh flavours and simplicity. Take your pick below from Jamie’s recipes for chunky rigatoni or more delicate shapes. It’s all delicious!

Jamie Oliver's crab spaghetti recipe

Jamie Oliver's crab spaghetti is seafood pasta without the fuss: the perfect mid-week meal. Serve with a simple salad or fresh sourdough bread.


  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 80 g brown crabmeat
  • 300 ml organic fish stock
  • 400 g spaghetti
  • 2 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 160 g white crab meat
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2.8 oz brown crabmeat
  • 10.6 fl oz organic fish stock
  • 14.1 oz spaghetti
  • 2 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 5.6 oz white crab meat
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2.8 oz brown crabmeat
  • 1.3 cups organic fish stock
  • 14.1 oz spaghetti
  • 2 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 5.6 oz white crab meat


  • Cuisine: British
  • Recipe Type: Main
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Preparation Time: 5 mins
  • Cooking Time: 15 mins
  • Serves: 4


  1. Finely chop the chilli, peel and finely chop the garlic, then add to a large heavy-bottomed pan with a splash of oil. Fry for a few minutes, or until softened and golden.
  2. Stir in the brown crab meat and add the stock, then bring to the boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until thickened and reduced to a nice sauce.
  3. Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions until almost al dente &ndash it'll continue cooking in the sauce so it's important you don't overdo it.
  4. Reserving a cupful of the cooking water, drain and add the pasta to the sauce. Toss well and cook for a further 1 to 2 minutes. Note: The reserved cooking water can be added once you&rsquove tossed the pasta in the sauce if it needs a bit of extra moisture. However, the cooking water is not a requirement.
  5. Pick and roughly chop the parsley.
  6. Season the pasta with sea salt, black pepper and most of the lemon zest. Toss through the white crab meat and parsley leaves.
  7. Divide between your plates and serve with an extra grating of lemon zest.

Recipe courtesy of Forest Holidays. Find out more here.

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