Crab Pasta Salad Recipe -

Crab Pasta Salad

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"This is a wonderfully simple, delicious recipe! It is always a big hit when I make it at home. Do not be alarmed at the bottle size for the salad dressing, the pasta soaks it up!"

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  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain and rinse.
  2. In a large bowl combine the broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, chives, crabmeat and pasta. Pour entire bottle of oil and vinegar salad dressing over all and toss to coat.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 19, 2003

Christy,I tried this recipe. But by accident I bought a Dressing called Henderickson's. It's a Sweet Vinegar & Olive Oil Dressing. It was heaven! Everyone loved it. I think the sweetness along with the Tang of Vinegar is the key. It's a Fat Free dressing. But don't let that scare any one away. You'll be very delighted. Thanks for the Great recipe. Terry in Mo.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 22, 2003

The dressing over powers the flavor of the crab and 2 cups is too much. But I will make again with less dressing.


25 Ratings

Aug 11, 2007

Good stuff! Especially on a hot summer day. I did change the recipe a bit for my taste. I add 16 oz of crab meat instead of 8 oz. I also used less cauliflower & broccoli, and opted for 3 tomatos instead of 2. Delicious. I too added honey to the dressing to give it a sweet and tangy punch... yummers!

Jul 24, 2003

I made this for a bridal shower recently, and it was a sure hit. I didn't have any Italian dressing on hand, so I mixed in olive oil, spiced Balsmic vinegar (garlic with sun-dried tomatoes) with a hint of spicy mustard dressing. It was really good! The imitation crab and crunchy veggies was the best part.

Jul 19, 2003

This is a great summer salad. I especially like the crab. I use Paul Newmans Balsamic Vinagar Dressing. i tried another but it just didn't give it the flavor it needed.

Apr 27, 2007

This was yummy. I made it the way it was described I just added a bit more crab. I took it to work for salad day and everyone loves it!! This is my new pasta salad!

Jun 06, 2006

This was good. But it did lack something. I tried salt and cheese, that didn't help. It's a good church picnic food.

Jun 20, 2005

Agreed it just needs a little more umph. Added some sea salt and that helped bring out the flavor. Hmmmm....


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  • Calories
  • 526 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 64.6 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 25.9 g
  • 40%
  • Fiber
  • 6.4 g
  • 26%
  • Protein
  • 14.1 g
  • 28%
  • Sodium
  • 1302 mg
  • 52%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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