Basic Crab Salad

Lee Thayer


I use imitation crab for this for this for several reasons, 1. I like it, 2. good sized black crabs are hard to get as nearly all are sold to restaurants. Crab salad is commonly called 'Seafood Salad' which I would say is incorrect as the only seafood is the crab, or in my case, fish that tastes like crab (yes, imitation crab is just fish). So Crab Salad it is, sounds much better than "Fish Flavored Like Crab Salad." You can make this many ways so it is different each time. Enjoy.


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10 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 500 g
    imitation crab, (1 lb)
  • 1
    red onion, diced
  • 1/2 c
    celery, diced
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper
  • ·
    cherry tomatoes, halved, optional

How to Make Basic Crab Salad


  1. Unwrap the crab sticks and slice them at an angle, add to mixing bowl.
  2. Dice the onion and celery and add to the bowl. (Chopped cilantro works well if no celery on hand, which is what I used.)
  3. Add remaining ingredients, but for the mayo, start with less than 1/2 cup. Gently mix everything together until all is coated with mayo, adding mayo as needed but not trying to make it dripping with mayo as well.
  4. Cover and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving. (Once I put the salad in a container for the fridge, I added some halved cherry tomatoes and mixed those in.)
  5. When serving, gently mix the salad again. then serve. Serving options can be just as a side, on a bed of lettuce, or in a sandwich. Enjoy.

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About Basic Crab Salad

Course/Dish: Other Salads
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: American

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