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Favorite Crab Pasta Salad

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


  • 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


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large serving bowl, combine the coleslaw, mayonnaise, onion, dill and salt. Stir in crab.
  • Drain pasta and rinse in cold water. Add to coleslaw mixture; toss to coat. Chill until serving.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 376 calories, 20g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 508mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • LizzieBeth60
    Jun 6, 2018

    Much Better: rotini pasta, imitation crab meat, generous amounts of sliced celery and chopped green onions. Sprinkle Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning to tase.Dressing: In a small bowl mix fresh (not bottled) lemon juice into mayonnaise and stir into salad. Chill. Better the next day.

  • Susan
    Jul 9, 2017

    I took this to a family reunion BBQ and everyone loved it. One lady hovered by the dish and had three servings. I resisted adding anything to it for my first go around. Next time I will add peas or small diced celery. I feel it needs contrast. A small crunch.

  • stella22
    Oct 14, 2014

    I added peas to was delicious

  • ckopasz
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Jul 11, 2014

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