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Crab Pasta Salad

A blend of diced veggies, seasoning, and imitation crab meat are mixed with pasta shells in a creamy dressing. This seafood crab pasta salad is best served chilled and is an ideal BBQ side dish, or potluck recipe idea.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 22 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab pasta salad, seafood pasta salad, seafood salad pasta
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 267cal
Author: Amy
Cost: $6


  • 6-quart pot


  • 8 ounces pasta shells medium size
  • 8 ounces imitation crab meat flake style, shredded
  • 3/4 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 4 tbsps red onion diced
  • 2 celery ribs diced
  • 3/4 cup salad dressing Miracle Whip or store brand labeled "salad dressing"
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 3 tbsps whole milk
  • 3 tbsps white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsps granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp old bay seasoning


  • Boil pasta until al dente. Once tender, remove from heat, strain, and rinse with cold water until pasta is cool. Drain excess water.
  • Chop all veggies and mince crab meat.
  • Add ingredients to a large bowl with the dressings, mayo, spices, and pasta.
  • Mix well and cover tightly. Place in the fridge for 4 hours.
  • Unwrap cover and mix well before serving. You will notice the pasta will have sucked up about 50% of the dressing.
  • Enjoy!


Nutritional values may differ and are meant to be a guide. 
Store salad in the fridge for up to 3 days for freshest taste. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 267cal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 319IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg