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 168006
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"I added peas to was delicious"

ckopasz 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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