Colourful Crab Salad

    2 hours 35 minutes

    This salad is very colourful and tasty. Pasta shells and imitation crab meat are dotted with a delicious blend of herbs, green capsicum, olives, radishes, tomato and celery. You can use real crab meat if you prefer.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1 1/2 cups shell pasta
    • 375g imitation crabmeat
    • 1 small green capsicum, diced
    • 1 red onion, diced
    • 1/2 cup diced black olives
    • 5 radishes, diced
    • 1 tomato, seeded and diced
    • 1/2 cup diagonally sliced celery
    • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1/2 packet artificial sweetener
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:2hours chilling  ›  Ready in:2hours35min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; rinse with cold water and drain.
    2. In a large bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, artificial sweetener, garlic powder, dill, basil and oregano, adjusting seasonings to suit your taste.
    3. Add the pasta to the dressing and toss to coat. Add the crab, green capsicum, onion, olives, radishes, tomato and celery and gently fold into the salad mixture. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

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    I used fresh crab in this recipe. I omitted the olives and radishes, and used celery, whole grape tomatoes and green pepper. I also used green onion in place of the regular sweet or white onion. I made this for guests and it was a HUGE hit! I will definitely make this again!  -  06 Sep 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very tasty and easy to put together. MUCH better the next day. As a matter of fact, I thought it was tasteless the first day and nearly threw it in the garbage! I was glad I didn't after pulling it out on day two and trying it again after the flavors had had a chance to blend. I used a larger package of imitation crab meat, green onions instead of white, omitted the tomato, subbed red bell pepper for radishes, and as another reviewer suggested, I used rice vinegar in place of the vinegar/lemon juice combo. I also added about a half tsp of sugar. Yummy on day two! Let it blend!  -  19 Aug 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I took the suggestion of using rice vinegar instead of the lemon juice and white bell pepper instead of radishes and tomatoes...used helmans mayonaise... added some shrimp...used real crabmeat and sprinkled parmesean cheese on top it was a knock out at home and for the office gathering shared the recipe with four other people.....wonderful. I got one reply saying that she thought she was eating at a 5 star restaurant. excellent recipe..  -  05 Apr 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)