Easy & Delicious Crab Salad Recipe

Easy & Delicious Crab Salad Recipe

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A delicious Crab Salad Recipe that is easy to make, creamy, and filling. Enjoy this recipe as an appetizer, a side, or as an incredible seafood sandwich. Made with simple ingredients like green pepper, lemon juice, imitation crab, mayo, and spices, this crab salad is a must-have recipe for all of your potlucks and holiday parties. 

crab salad recipe

Easy and Delicious Crab Salad

Ready in less than 10 minutes, this crab salad recipe is one you’ll want to have on hand. Serve over salad greens as a light and creamy lunch or on buttery crackers as an appetizer.

Things I love about this Imitation Crab Salad

  • simple ingredients – there are no complicated hard to find spices or ingredients in this recipe
  • it’s so creamy – the creaminess makes this a delicious sandwich or the perfect spread on crackers for your holiday party
  • as soon as my leftovers are gone, I find myself looking forward to making it again and of course – eating it
  • it’s light and refreshing – make it with low-fat mayo for a lower-calorie recipe
  • if you need to feed a crowd, simply double or triple this recipe

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FAQs

How far in advance can I make this Crab Salad?

Make-Ahead and Storage:

Make this crab salad a few days in advance. Store covered in the refrigerator and mix one last time before serving

Storage: Store this salad covered in the fridge for up to 3 days

Freezing: It is not recommended to freeze this salad recipe

Serving: Serve on greens, on crackers, as a side, or as a sandwich

Is Imitation Crab Meat good for Weight Loss?

Imitation crab is low in calories. However, added to other ingredients like mayonnaise dressing can add calories. Use a light mayonnaise to keep crab salad low calorie

What is Crab Salad Made With?

Typically crab salad is made with imitation crab meat, lemon juice, mayonnaise, veggies, spices like Old Bay Seasoning, dill, salt, and pepper.

Add-Ins for Crab Salad:

  • cranberries
  • raisins or dried cranberries
  • diced red bell pepper
  • jalapeno seeded and chopped – for a little kick
  • crushed red pepper – to add more spice
  • red onion – chopped
  • tomato – diced
  • green onion
  • celery
  • green bell pepper
  • nuts for crunch and flavor
  • garlic powder

Tips and Tricks:

  • mix the mayo, lemon, and spices with a whisk, and then fold in the rest of your ingredients
  • use a light mayonnaise to make this a lower-calorie recipe
  • double or triple the recipe for parties

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ingredients for crab salad

Ingredients:

  • lemon juice – I used bottled lemon juice but feel free to use freshly squeezed lemon juice if you have it
  • mayonnaise – I don’t have a particular brand that I use over another, but I do NOT recommend using Miracle Whip for this recipe
  • salt – I used regular table salt, but you can use Kosher if preferred
  • pepper – ground black pepper
  • dill – I used dried dill, and then added fresh as a garnish. If you prefer fresh then double the amount of dry
  • imitation crab meat – imitation crab is easy to cut and preserves well. I used leg-style that I chopped up, but feel free to use flake style instead
  • green onion – some people use red onion in their recipes, but I like the mild flavor of green onion in this crab salad
  • celery – this adds a nice crunch and refreshing taste
  • green bell pepper – another ingredient that adds a refreshing taste and a nice crunch

 

How do you make Crab Salad?

  • In a large bowl, whisk the mayo, lemon juice, and spices
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and fold them into the dressing
  • optional: garnish with fresh dill
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crab salad

Easy & Delicious Crab Salad Recipe


  • Author: Melissa
  • Total Time: 43 minute
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Creamy crab salad recipe that is full of flavor and simple to make.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. of lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. of ground black pepper
  • 1&1/2 tsp. of dried dill
  • 1 lb. of imitation crab meat chopped – I used leg-style crab sticks but you can use flake style instead
  • 3 Tbsp. of green onion – sliced
  • 1/2 cup of celery – sliced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper – diced

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk the mayo, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and dill
  • Fold in the rest of the ingredients
  • optional: garnish with fresh dill

Notes

How far in advance can I make this Crab Salad?

Make-Ahead and Storage:

Make this crab salad a few days in advance. Store covered in the refrigerator and mix one last time before serving

Storage: Store this salad covered in the fridge for up to 3 days

Freezing: It is not recommended to freeze this salad recipe

Serving: Serve on greens, on crackers, as a side, or as a sandwich

Other Add-Ins for Crab Salad you might like:

  • fresh cranberries
  • sliced seedless grapes
  • cooked pasta
  • raisins or dried cranberries
  • diced red bell pepper
  • jalapeno seeded and chopped – for a little kick
  • crushed red pepper – to add more spice
  • red onion – chopped
  • tomato – diced
  • green onion
  • celery
  • green bell pepper
  • nuts for crunch and flavor
  • garlic powder

Tips and Tricks:

  • mix the mayo, lemon, and spices with a whisk, and then fold in the rest of your ingredients
  • use a light mayonnaise to make this a lower-calorie recipe
  • double or triple the recipe for parties
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: none

 

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