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Quick Crab Pasta Salad Recipe
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Quick Crab Pasta Salad Recipe

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This medley of crab, pasta and vegetables in a creamy dressing make this a special salad for company as well as everyday. —Estelle Hardin, Kanab, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked tricolor spiral pasta
  • 2 cups imitation crabmeat, chopped
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup fresh cauliflowerets


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a bowl, combine the crab, sour cream, mayonnaise, celery seed, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir in the pasta, broccoli and cauliflower. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Crab Pasta Salad in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2005, p201

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jul. 2, 2014

"i agree that it needed a little kick, so i also used the ranch with celery."

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"This is a fabulous salad. I finely chopped one rib of celery into it instead of using the seed just because I like the crunch. Use real mayo and this is a can't stop eating hit!"

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"I thought this looked like a good recipe in general, but knew I'd need a little more zing in it, so I added half of a package of dry ranch dressing mix. It was still a bit bland for my taste, so I mixed together a tablespoon of sugar with a half tablespoon of vinegar, and that gave it more of the sweet/sour taste I wanted. Everyone thought it was great!"

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