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Bow Tie Seafood Salad

"I served this satisfying pasta salad to a group of hospital volunteers who were quick with compliments. It’s brimming with shrimp and imitation crab and accented with dill," shares Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    32 (1-cup) servings


  • 3 pounds uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1-1/2 pounds imitation crabmeat, chopped
  • 1 pound frozen cooked salad shrimp, thawed
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dill weed
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a large bowl; add the crab, shrimp, celery, onions and green pepper.
  • In another bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, pickle relish, mustard, salt, dill and pepper. Pour over pasta mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 217 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 686mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 lean meat.

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  • Bxmorris
    Jul 11, 2015

    This salad was absolutely delicious. I was a little nervous about the dill, but it was perfect! I used radiatore because I like how the sauce gets in the little grooves, and I did a red pepper instead of green. This salad is HUGE, though. I had to use a punch bowl to hold it all, and it made so much that all 12 of my bunco group ladies took home some to go. I would suggest cutting the recipe in half and probably just adding more seafood if that gets hard to divide. This is definitely a keeper!!

  • ttitkemeyer
    Jun 30, 2014

    I have been making this for several years .Everyone loves it!!!!!

  • Uqaq
    Dec 6, 2013

    Love this. Make it all the time for pot lucks. For just family I halve the recipe.

  • nashbloch
    Jan 3, 2012

    I have made this many times and everyone raves about it...after the first time though, I substituted macaroni for the bow tie, as the bow tie pasta breaks apart. Great for a crowd...I absolutely love it!!!

  • rachsawyer
    Sep 22, 2011

    I also halved the pasta but added olives. Was really good. It was a huge hit with the family.

  • HBcook
    Jul 10, 2009

    We like a lot of 'stuff' in the pasta. So for a prep for 6 I used a full recipe for all the ingredients plus I added yellow pepper that I had on hand and I halved the pasta. Nice, light result. I used low fat mayo and would use less pickle relish next time. It came across a little strong.

  • cajumgrammie
    Mar 24, 2009