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Pasta Crab Salad Recipe

Pasta Crab Salad Recipe

"When it comes to cooking, I believe the simpler the better," writes Holland, Michigan's Carol Blauw. "A few years ago, a co-worker told me about this colorful, tasty and, most importantly, easy-to-prepare salad," she says. "It has been a favorite at our house ever since."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:10 servings


  • 4-1/2 cups uncooked tricolor spiral pasta
  • 1 package (16 ounces) imitation crabmeat, flaked
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat ranch salad dressing
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Toss with crab and vegetables. Combine remaining ingredients. Pour over pasta mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 242 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 579 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

Reviews for Pasta Crab Salad

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Reviewed Feb. 29, 2016

"Very easy and very good. Will be my go to for summer picnics."

Reviewed May. 16, 2015

"This is the best Crab Salad I've ever tasted. I started using this recipe back in 2010 when it first appeared on the TOH website . I prepare it exactly the way the recipe states - no changes."

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2015

"I always add a couple of boiled eggs to my crab salads and a bit of sweet pickle relish. Adds a bit of oomph."

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"This was really good.. My husband loved it, he said it very good for a light lunch. Just might need to make it a bit wetter when ready to serve. The salad soaked up the dressing that was put on, so much probably have to had a 1/4 more mayo and 1/4 more ranch dressing to it."

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"After refrigerating the salad for several hours, I mixed up an extra 1/4 c. mayo, 1/4 c. ranch dressing, and 1/2 tsp dill weed and tossed into the salad just before serving. -Lori in WI."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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