Crab Salad Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 3 reviews

Crab Salad is the ultimate seafood delicacy, made budget-friendly with imitation crab. Loaded with crunchy celery, a creamy dressing and citrus for a refreshing flavor!

Seafood dishes can provide a fairly fresher twist to your daily meals. If you want to serve a full course seafood meal, check out my recipe for Deviled Eggs with Old Bay Shrimp for your appetizer, Instant Pot Lobster Chowder for a great side dish, and Instant Pot Shrimp Boil for your main course.

Crab salad topped with lemon slices.

Easy Crab Salad Recipe

Crab Salad is easily one of the easiest salad recipes that you can make at home. With fresh ingredients, you can serve this dish at any time of the day as a meal or a side dish.

It is extremely light on the stomach which means you can enjoy it free from guilt. Not to mention, it has a great amount of protein, calcium, and vitamin B12!

I particularly like making this dish during the summer season. During picnics, it is so easy to carry, and you can make a large amount to accommodate every friend and family. 

I hope you enjoy making this flavorful salad and adding it to the menu, taking a break from the more common salads. This creamy meal topped with a tangy lemon juice is the ultimate go-to dish for any occasion.

Crab salad ingredients.

How to make Crab Salad

  1. Prepare seafood meat. Flake crab meat or you could also slice it into sticks, according to preference.
  2. Chop ingredients. Chop celery, fresh dill, and red onions finely. Also, chop some green onions if you want to add it for garnish. 
  3. Combine. In a large bowl, combine all the meat, chopped ingredients, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and seasoning which must include the following: paprika, Old Bay seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss and stir gently until well combined.
  4. Serve. Top off with a fine amount of fresh dill or green onions as desired. Let it chill. Then serve.

Adding mayo to crab salad.

Recipe Variations:

  1. For a spicier kick, add green or red bell peppers.
  2. If you don’t have mayonnaise, replace it with this Ranch Dressing recipe. 

What is imitation crab?

Imitation crab is store-bought seafood sticks or flakes. Just like their name describes, they aren’t crabs per se but are rather a combination of starch and whitefish. 

They are mostly sold as sticks that are designed to look like the shape of crab legs, hence their name.

Although fresh seafood is better, they are a really great substitute for any seafood meat.

They are available all-year-round in supermarkets and groceries which makes making this recipe very accessible if you use an imitation version.

Crab salad with creamy dressing.

What do you eat with Crab Salad?

Make sure to enjoy this dish with the following sides to maximize its flavor and for greater enjoyment.

  1. Steamed Artichokes
  2. Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
  3. Homemade Hash Browns

More delicious salads:

With thousands of recipes on the internet, it can be quite overwhelming to choose which one tastes the best. Well, you don’t have to worry as here are my salad recipes that are surely delicious and mouthwatering:

  1. Greek Salad
  2. BLT Salad
  3. Southwest Salad

A spoonful of crab salad.

How to store it?

With the mayonnaise and crabs infused together, you have to make sure to seal it in an airtight container to make it last for up to 3 days. 

Put it in the refrigerator, preferable on the top portion and the back part. You can also place it where there is no raw meat besides the container.

Crab salad with imitation crab.

Recipe tips:

  1. For those looking for lesser fat content, you can substitute ordinary mayonnaise to low-fat mayo.
  2. If you want a higher meat content, I recommend adding in shrimp cuts.
  3. You can serve this recipe as it is. However, it also works great if you use it to fill in bread, lettuce, crackers, and pasta.
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5 from 3 reviews
Crab Salad Recipe
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound  imitation crab meat  (cut into cubes or flaked)
  • 1 cup  celery  (finely chopped)
  • 1/2  red onion  (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  Old Bay seasoning 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  paprika 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  garlic powder 
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice 
  •  salt and pepper to taste 
  • 2/3 cup  mayonnaise 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons  fresh dill chopped  (plus more for garnish)
  •  Chopped green onions  (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and stir gently to combine.
  2. Serve immediately, or cover and chill for up to 2 days.
  3. When serving, sprinkle with additional chopped dill and top with lemon slices.
Calories: 378 Carbohydrates: 23 Protein: 7 Fat: 28 Saturated Fat: 4 Cholesterol: 28 Sodium: 895 Potassium: 86 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 6 Vitamin A: 199 Vitamin C: 3 Calcium: 16 Iron: 1
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melissa chapman

My son loves all seafood and this looks delish. I have to use some of your ideas to make for the family this week.

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Amber Myers

I'm sure my husband and kids would enjoy this. They do love their crab and it would be perfect for the summer.

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Sarah Bailey

OK now, this sounds absolutely delicious - I can't remember the last time I used crab in something, but for right now a salad seems like the way to go!

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Heather

This crab salad is perfect for summer. So delicious!

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Pam Wattenbarger

We used to have crab salad all the time until we discovered my son was allergic to shellfish. I'm going to try your recipe one night when he isn't home!

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Tasheena

My son is a huge fan of seafood. I can’t wait to make this recipe for him.

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Jennifer Van Haitsma

Yum, I love crab and haven't had it in ages. This looks so delicious!

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Marysa

What a great recipe to try. We don't eat seafood, but my inlaws do. They really miss traveling and visiting Cape Cod, and I am sure they would love this.

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Lynndee

Oh, yum! We are seafood lovers over here. I must make this.

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Nancy L

I am growing dill in my garden this year and have been looking for recipes where I can use dill. I can't wait to try this. It sounds so yummy and fresh and a great side for just about everything we grill!

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sara lafountain

This crab salad looks perfect for a summer picnic. Thank you for sharing this healthy summer recipe.

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Monica Simpson

I love seafood especially crab. This looks so delicious and fresh!

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Rosemary

I've never thought of making a crab salad and this looks amazing. So fresh and healthy. You've inspired me to try it!

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Janeane M Davis

This recipe looks so fresh and inviting. I like the vibrant colors and great ingredients.

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Lizzie Lau

This looks delicious. The perfect thing to serve at a summer garden party. It would be really good with lobster too.

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Beth

Salads like this are perfect for a summer meal!

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Swathi

Crab salad looks delicious I need to check it out. Perect meal any day.

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