"I tried for years to duplicate the crab salad that was made in the seafood market i used to work for, but never could. However, I came up with this one and prefer it a whole lot more. My daughter will hide with the batch I make and eat it all. She doesn't like to share. Serve with club-style crackers." — mis7up
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imitation crabmeat, flaked
finely chopped celery, or more to taste
reduced-fat ranch dressing (such as Hidden Valley Ranch® LIght)
mayonnaise (such as Hellmann's®/Best Foods®)
minced fresh parsley
This salad is delicious. We made two versions. We tweaked the ‘made recipe as written’ by subbing 1 tbsp Stevia in the Raw for the sugar and used fresh Italian parsley (probably closer to a tablespoon than a teaspoon). The 2nd version took the ‘made recipe as written’ and added about 1/8 teaspoon curry powder and 1/8 heaping teaspoon cayenne pepper powder. We felt the version with curry and cayenne took an already outstanding crab salad to an even higher level. While this was not tried, you might be able to cut the Hellmann’s mayo to 1/4 cup without sacrificing any taste while eliminating some fat. Rather than use crackers, we had this for lunch. We laid 3-4 romaine lettuce leaves on a 10 inch flour tortilla, spooned on the crab salad, and then wrapped them. Makes for a quick and easy lunch!! A really great recipe, Mel . . . and yes, we didn’t make enough.
My search for the perfect crab salad is over. I've made this several times and the only thing I've changed is cutting back the mayo to 1/4 cup. Definitely a keeper. Filed under my TNT folder.
Excellent flavor, consistency and visual appeal. I'm not very keen on the light Ranch but it adds kind of tangy zip to this. I followed the recipe exactly and it does remind me of the Golden Corral recipe but I know this is low fat. Oh, I also used reduced fat Helmans Mayo, 15 cal a tbls. So it's pretty low fat too.
This was amazing. I added cheese and we ate it as a side dish. My sister and I were fighting over the last bit!
I've made this twice in 4 days, it was that good! I followed the recipe exact and it was really good. The next time I made a few changes based on other reviews and a few of my own and somehow it was even better! I scaled the mayo back to 1/4 cup (used Hellman's light) and also added about 1/8 cup of light sour cream. I used about 2 tsp of parsley and 3/4 cup celery. I added a couple dashes of cayenne pepper and about 1/8 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese. The sour cream subdued the mayo flavor a bit which I prefer. The cayenne and small amount of cheese gave it a nice little kick. Follow the recipe to a T or make some small tweaks to suit your tastes like I did, either way its delicious!!
DELICIOUS! I mixed up a half batch of this to make a sandwich filling for the girls for lunch and they absolutely LOVED it! I couldn't quit taking 'tastes' of it and ended up eating the rest w/ pretzels...I can see why your daughter doesn't wanna share, lol. This is a keeper~YUM! Thanks for sharing, Mel! :)
made this this evening....my only changes some extra parsley and a couple of teaspoons of diced onions....Very Yummy....I will not be waiting 8 hours to indulge!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Mel's Crab Salad
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 99
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