Crab Salad (Seafood Salad)

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Crab Salad with celery and mayonnaise is a delicious and inexpensive delicious way to enjoy the classic Seafood Salad we all grew up with.

Crab Salad with celery and mayonnaise is a delicious and inexpensive delicious way to enjoy the classic Seafood Salad we all grew up with.

A Crab Salad Sandwich was one of my favorites I used to order as a kid in sandwich stores. We would go to Subway and I was always so excited to get it that one day my mom went to the grocery store, found it in the seafood department and excitedly came home to make sandwiches at home for us with this amazing seafood and mayonnaise combo.

The flavor and childhood memories you have from being a kid are always so wonderful, I have always had nostalgic reactions to food I used to enjoy as a kid. That is why I tracked down the recipe for Pioneer Take-Out Fried Chicken. It was the ultimate in my childhood food memories.

How do you make imitation crab salad? With a mixture of celery, mayonnaise, paprika, dill and imitation crab meat.

I know it sounds a bit odd to mix seafood and mayonnaise but it is a classic preparation you find in tuna salad, on lobster rolls and even chicken salad. Protein and mayonnaise are fast friends in these salads. Crab Salad with celery and mayonnaise is a delicious and inexpensive delicious way to enjoy the classic Seafood Salad we all grew up with.

What kind of crab am I using in this crab salad recipe? I am using imitation crab meat, sometimes referred to as krab or krab meat. Don’t think that even though it isn’t actual crab meat that this isn’t still actual seafood.  This is actually why many people refer to the salad as Seafood Salad.

Imitation Crab Salad (krab) is actually made with Surimi, a whitefish that is ground them binded with a starch to resemble a crab leg. Huffington Post wrote a great post about what exactly imitation crab (krab) is. I will say, nutritionally you’re better served purchasing actual crab meat, but for the purposes of this classic seafood salad, this is the ingredients you will find when you go to your grocer’s seafood counter.

I actually enjoyed making this recipe so much I made it into a crab salad sandwich to enjoy. My husband ate it on top of a bed of lettuce and added cherry tomatoes. However you find yourself enjoying the recipe, if you had it as a kid this will take you back to those memories. I do highly recommend the crab salad sandwich though, it was delicious!

Crab Salad Seafood Salad Sandwich with easy to make Seafood salad!

Ways to enjoy this Crab Salad (Seafood Salad):

  • Add it to a hoagie roll (see above), toast the roll, add lettuce then pile high with the salad.
  • Add it to 1 pound of cooled shaped pasta for a Seafood Pasta Salad, just double the ingredients outside of the crab meat to flavor the pasta as well
  • Add it to a cored out vine ripe tomato for a low carb presentation.

Just ten minutes for this Crab Salad Seafood Salad!

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Tools Used in the making of this Crab Salad:
Mayonnaise: I’ve tried a number of different brands, this one is the most spot on flavor.
Spice Rack: I use this spice rack and fill up the bottles with freshly purchased spices. It’s basically one of the most beautiful things in my kitchen and when you’re working with a large quantity of spices, not having to hunt and peck through your cupboards makes everything go at warp speed.

Recipe

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Crab Salad (Seafood Salad)

4.95 from 37 votes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Course: Salad
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Crab Salad with celery and mayonnaise is a delicious and inexpensive delicious way to enjoy the classic Seafood Salad we all grew up with.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound imitation crab krab meat
  • 1 shallot minced (you can use red onion if you need)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup celery minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. In a large bowl add all the ingredients together gently, stirring until well coated.
  2. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: 310 calories, Calories: 310g, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 971mg, Potassium: 53mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 200g, Vitamin C: 0.9g, Calcium: 5g, Iron: 0.2g

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Crab Salad with celery and mayonnaise is a delicious and inexpensive delicious way to enjoy the classic Seafood Salad we all grew up with.
Crab Salad Seafood Salad Sandwich with easy to make Seafood salad!
Just ten minutes for this Crab Salad Seafood Salad!

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Is this the same salad that we can buy in a container at Top’s? I am trying to include more fish dishes for lunch and supper in my diet and I assumed that this wasn’t too bad a choice, but I don’t know what your serving size is. 310 calories for one cup? 4oz? Big difference and I am trying to keep track.

  2. Used all ingredients augmenting (including) with green onion, celery seed, and Old Bay Seasoning to taste; it turned out very well.

    1. I wouldn’t recommend. This salad uses imitation crab and it’s not going to have a good consistency with crab from a can

  3. I made this for a recent potluck and it got devoured by guests. Used about two tablespoons of fresh chopped dill, 1 and 1/2 lbs of imitation crab, a cup of shredded carrot, several spritzes of lemon juice, and farfalle pasta.

  4. Sabrina: Have you ever tried “Duke’s Mayonaise”? If so, what did you think of it? I know they have it down south, and I hear it’s an excellent mayo, so I’m wondering if it’s worth trying a jar from Amazon. BTW, last night I increased all of the ingredients, and made this into a Pasta & Crab Salad. I used seashell pasta, and also added a few drops of fresh lemon juice. OMG, was it ever delicious!

  5. I was never a fan of crab salad until I had some recently so I decided to make my own. This recipe is very easy and it tastes great. The only reason I’m giving 4 stars is because the shallot has a really strong bitter taste and that kinda messed it up for me. Idk if it’s supposed to taste like that of not. I’ve never used them. Next time I’ll try using the red onion. Other than that, like I said it tastes great.

  6. A country club I belonged to years ago served this over an English muffin with topped with melted Swiss cheese. It was called “Lion’s Gate” and it was one of my favorites!

  7. Absolutely love this recipe. I call it krab salad, but have my own variation that I call seafood salad I simply take the original krab salad and add some salad shrimp. It is incredibly delicious anyway you make it with or without the shrimp and or the pasta..

    1. I would think you could, it would have a little more tang, but if you’ve never made it and don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like, I would think it would be fine.

  8. This sounds delicious, but I know the mayo is crucial to a great taste, but not too sweet. What brand do you recommend?

  9. This recipe has become a staple in our house. It is absolutely delicious! I usually fill a 1/2 avocado with the salad and eat it that way. So good!