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This delicious crab salad is hearty and cool, perfect for sandwiches or as a side dish! Each bite is packed with meaty crab, lemon, fresh herbs and a hint of spice for a taste you can’t resist. It’s the perfect companion for all your summer gatherings!

Creamy salads are the bread and butter of summertime potlucks! Classic chicken salad is always a good idea. Everyone loves a good egg salad too! And if you’re looking for a way to change things up a bit, try this AMAZING Avocado Egg Salad!

Top view of crab salad in a gray bowl garnished with a lemon.

Easy and delicious crab salad recipe

Crab salad is a summer staple. Not only is it nice and cool for scorching hot days, but it’s so flavorful and satisfying! It’s a great alternative to chicken salad for all the seafood lovers in your family. This crab salad recipe is flavored with zesty lemon, fresh herbs like dill and parsley, and then finished off with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper for flavor! It tastes so bright and delicious you can’t get enough!

You can serve this amazing salad as a side or in hoagie buns for crab salad sandwiches! It has the best flavor, it’s sure to be a favorite wherever it goes. You may need to make a double batch, the creamy goodness is too hard to resist. And if you’re looking for quicker and easier potluck favorites, try this Strawberry Cheesecake Salad or easy Rotel Dip!

Everything you need to make it

The best thing about salads like this is that you only need a few simple ingredients to achieve creamy deliciousness. Easy, budget friendly and so delicious! You can find the exact measurements in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Imitation crab: The use of imitation crab meat makes this salad a cheap (but delicious!) option! You can also use real crab meat if you prefer.
  • celery: Chopped celery gives this salad the most amazing crunch!
  • shallot: Diced shallots add a sharp, savory flavor to the crab salad.
  • mayonnaise: Mayo gives this salad its signature creaminess. You can make fresh mayonnaise at home with just a few ingredients! You can find my full recipe here.
  • lemon juice: I recommend using fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Spices: Here I used a mixture of Old Bay Seasoning, kosher salt, pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Herbs: I added dried dill and parsley to enhance the bright, fresh flavor.

How to make the best crab salad

This crab salad recipe is foolproof and perfect when you’re short on time. You’ll want to repeat it all summer long!

  1. Shred crabs: Place the shrimp in a large mixing bowl and crumble with a fork. Add the diced celery and the diced shallot.
  2. Mix spices with mayo: In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, lemon juice, spices, and herbs. Whisk to combine.
  3. Combine with shrimp: Pour the dressing mixture over the crab ingredients and mix well.
  4. Relax: Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Add Garnish: Sprinkle with fresh parsley or dill for garnish, if you like.
  6. Surcharge: Serve as is, on a bun, with crackers, on a salad, in a croissant, it’s up to you!

3 photo collage of salad ingredients being mixed together.

Tasty variations

Crab salad is super versatile and there are so many ways to customize it! Here are a few ways to get you started.

  • Add pasta: Crab Noodle Salad is so delicious! Try adding elbow macaroni, farfalle, rotini, or any pasta that has lots of nooks and crannies to soak up all the creamy goodness!
  • Additional Vegetables: For a little extra crunch and flavor, try adding chopped red onions or bell peppers! Corn and peas are also great additions.

Close up of crab salad being scooped with a metal spoon.

Reserve leftover crab salad

The best thing about these creamy, chilled salads is that they store really well. You can eat them right out of the fridge for a quick lunch or dinner!

  • In the refrigerator: Your shrimp salad will keep in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.

Note: I do not recommend freezing this crab salad as mayonnaise has an odd texture when thawed.

2 crab salad sandwiches on a gray plate, served with potato chips.

Each of these salad recipes are cool, crunchy, and packed with amazing flavor! They’re great for takeout or as a simple side dish for dinner. you will love them! Plus, they only take a few minutes to bring a little time back into your day! Here is my complete list of salad recipes.

  • Place the crab in a large bowl and break the pieces apart with a fork. Add the diced celery and the diced shallot.

  • In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, lemon juice, spices, and herbs. Whisk to combine.

  • Pour the dressing mixture over the crab ingredients and mix well.

  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley or dill for garnish, if you like.

  • Serve as is, on a bun, with crackers, on a salad, in a croissant, it’s up to you!

serves: 4

calories406kcal (20%)carbohydrates22G (7%)protein7G (14%)Fat32G (49%)Saturated Fatty Acids5G (25%)Polyunsaturated fat19GMonounsaturated fatty acids7Gtrans fat1Gcholesterol30mg (10%)sodium1203mg (50%)potassium66mg (2%)fiber2G (8th%)sugar5G (6%)Vitamin A120ie (2%)vitamin C2mg (2%)calcium19mg (2%)iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is an estimate only. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary per household based on the brands you use, measurement methods, and serving sizes.

course appetizer, lunch

kitchen American

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