Crab Pasta Salad

Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Recipes, Salads | 25 comments

Are you a fan of crab? I love it! If not, you certainly can substitute chicken in this recipe, however, I think it is best with crab!

This Crab Pasta Salad is best the next day so make it the night before you serve it. Great Italian flavor and just a little zest of lemon add to this colorful, tasty salad.  I use imitation crab so it is less costly when serving to a large group.

Crab Pasta Salad

Wonderful flavor! You’ll make this again and again!


Crab Pasta Salad


12 oz. vermicelli broken into 1 inch pieces, cooked, drained and cooled.

1 medium red onion, chopped (approx. 1/2 cup)

1 medium green pepper, chopped (or use red pepper for a sweeter taste)

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

3/4 cup Italian Salad Dressing ( lite or regular) I’ve also used a zesty Italian dressing!

1 cup Miracle Whip (lite or regular) If using mayo, just as some extra Italian spices and a little sugar to the Mayo.

1 pound crab or imitation crab, chopped

1 tablespoon lemon juice

optional items: (black olives, celery, peas)



Cook vermicelli, chop onion,  green pepper. Mix Italian seasoning, celery seed and parsley into Italian Dressing. Add Miracle Whip or seasoned mayo. Add lemon juice and crab. Refrigerate overnight.

Serves approx. 8-10

Remember, this pasta salad is great with chicken instead of crab.

Crab Pasta Salad


Great summer meal!


Phyllis (Oma)

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  1. Crab in a pasta salad sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂

  2. Looks so delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  3. Stopping by from the Super Saturday Link Party! What a great summer dish, I love crab salads!

    • Thanks for stopping by! Hope you come again! It is a great salad!

  4. That looks SO delicious! I have pinned this to the Say G’Day Saturday board and look forward to trying it soon.

    Thanks so much for joining the Say G’day Saturday linky party.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  5. This looks really delicious and I think I might have all the ingredients in the house to make it! Thank you for sharing it and your beautiful hosta haven at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

  6. I love crab, and for a salad like this, imitation crab is perfect, adn not really any more expensive than chicken. I found this delicous looking recipe on City of Creative Links Party and I would be thrilled if you would come share this one on my recipe link party The Yuck Stops Here as well. It would be especially great for my current serch for no-bake recipes. This week’s party doesn’t end until Sunday at 8pm ET, but if you can’t make it before then, come by next week starting Tuesday evening at 8pm ET to share! You can always find us on my blog, Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos. Hope to see you there! HUGS

    • I’ll stop by!

      • So glad you stopped by to share! I’m stopping by to CONGRATULATE you, I have chosen this delicious recipe as one of my FAVORITES on this week’s The Yuck Stops Here recipe link party. I hope you will be sure to swing by to pick up your “I’ve Been Featured” button and display it proudly here. HUGS

        • Great! Thank you! I’ll be by!

  7. My mouth is watering this looks so yummy! Pinned and can’t wait to try it out!

    • I appreciate you pinning it! It is delicious!

  8. I love crab! I would love to try this salad!!

  9. Thank you for linking up at The Weekly Creative!! We’d love for you to come over to our newest link party: at The Inspiration Network: DELISH- a desserts only link party. Bring your desserts and let’s party!!

    Melanie and Diana
    The Inspiration Network

  10. Oh wow, this looks amazing! We love crab salad and this looks better than any we’ve had before. Thanks so much for sharing at Krafty Inspiration Thursday! I can’t wait to see what you link up this week.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Maria @ Krafty Cards etc.

  11. Looks so delish! Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two!
    Make it a great day.

  12. Refreshing!

  13. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Also–I’m a new subscriber who loves this blog.

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    • Love your comments! So great that you had a special time with your children and grandchildren! Yes, I agree with your statement about remembering what you did with them and not what you bought them! It seems that gifts are forgotten quickly, but great memories last a lifetime! Thanks for following!

  14. Yum! I love crab and saving the recipe. Thanks!

  15. Thank you for posting the recipe. I like the imitation crabmeat and will try your recipe.

  16. Very nice recipe! Thank you for sharing.

  17. Pinned to my Easy to be Green Board! This crab salad is perfect for a light summer meal! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Really yummy looking salad. It looks beautiful too. Great photo.Thanks for linking up with “Inspiration in Progress.”


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