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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

3/4 cup: 242 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 579mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

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FlamezLaCandela User ID: 8850909 247833
Reviewed May. 3, 2016

"I really appreciate people like you. I'm used to the standard meals of Hispanic food I cook for my family and in my new relationship my fiance is always randomly wanting something new so I thought I would be a few steps ahead of him since I herd he had a craving and here you are with this simple and easy yet delicious crab salad pasta mmmm mmm THANK YOU!!!!! God bless"

vj221979 User ID: 5329286 244671
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2016

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

Catering User ID: 387555 226407
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."

yoyo1198 User ID: 441674 224134
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."

Colnight User ID: 41759 30957
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."

Classicrock User ID: 656532 204385
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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