Favorite Crab Pasta Salad Recipe
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Favorite Crab Pasta Salad Recipe

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Wanda, a lady at work, made this for a party and boy, did it catch on fast! It's especially good for summer picnics and barbecues. —Cheryl Seweryn, Lemont, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked medium pasta shells
  • 1 pound creamy coleslaw
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • Dash salt
  • 2 cups chopped imitation crabmeat


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large serving bowl, combine the coleslaw, mayonnaise, onion, dill and salt. Stir in crab.
  2. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water. Add to coleslaw mixture; toss to coat. Chill until serving. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Crab Pasta Salad in Simple & Delicious March/April 2009, p45

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stella22 User ID: 7770539 168006
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"I added peas to was delicious"

ckopasz User ID: 7512966 155727
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"I made this and my husband loved it. I thought it was good too. I changed it though. for the coleslaw, I used a 1lb bag of coleslaw from the produce section. For the crab meat I used 2-8oz pkgs of imitation crab meat from pollock. I used extra mayo and reduced the amount of pasta to 1/2 as I didn't want that many carbs in the dish. I was great. Good recipe for potluck as it made a lot."

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 153357
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

"easy, tasty. must be careful which coleslaw one buys, mine was on the sweet side; with the crab, a little too sweet for our taste."

Lavendergale User ID: 7709582 97398
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2014

"This is so easy and amazing. My husband loved this. I made it on a weekday and used whole wheat pasta shells. Definitely a keeper"

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 99082
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

"I made this but used two cans of drained whole petite shrimp instead of the crab. I also added 1/2tsp of the Old Bay seasoning. It was very good. I never thought of mixing coleslaw mix into a pasta salad so this was different for us. Very tasty."

MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 70126
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2014

"The idea of putting coleslaw into a pasta salad intrigued me. My husband isn't fond of crab, so I substituted barbecued chicken. He loved my BBQ Chick salad. I loved the taste of the coleslaw in it."

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 166673
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2014

"I made this for a light dinner tonight and it was excellent! I added 1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning and a dash of Tabasco. Very easy to make and the flavor is great. My family loved it! This is a definite keeper. Thank you to Cheryl for sharing her recipe!"

Kerrismom User ID: 6951724 131562
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2014

"Will definitely make this again. - easy to toss together, tangy seafood salad flavor, and my husband really likes it"

Soupie123 User ID: 7611334 153680
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"I make this with different herbs-whatever is fresh and on hand. Never thought to add coleslaw before but it was a different kind of good. I do add a cup or so of frozen peas for color and because my family likes them in any cold salad."

deblair User ID: 5548676 131560
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"I'll be picking up some slaw from KFC...this sounds DELISH!!! And fresh crab would be an added bonus of tastiness!!!"

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