Crab Meat Pasta Salad Recipe
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Crab Meat Pasta Salad Recipe

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Beth Kist from Chicago, Illinois shares this delightful seafood salad that’s ideal for a special luncheon. It’s crispy and crunchy with a surprising kick.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked medium pasta shells
  • 1/4 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts, halved
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-3/4 cups: 492 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 862mg sodium, 81g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 32g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the salad dressing, lemon-pepper and cayenne. Stir in the crab, carrot, water chestnuts and onions.
  2. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water. Gently stir into crab mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve on lettuce leaves; sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Crab Meat Pasta Salad in Cooking for 2 Spring 2009, p37

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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