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Mel's Crab Salad

Melissa Goff

"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."
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8 h 15 m servings 165 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 165 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 11 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 12.2g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 4.6 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 687 mg
  • 27%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Gently mix flaked imitation crab, celery, ranch dressing, mayonnaise, sugar, and parsley in a salad bowl until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate overnight, stirring occasionally. Stir again just before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • It's really a simple recipe; the only time that is long is the separating of the crab meat. Other then that, it's a quick fix.

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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 tabl...

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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 tabl...

I signed up just to review this recipe because this is now my favorite thing to eat! From the start, I substituted Old Bay for the sugar - there's enough sweetness in the crab already - and it ...

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 C...

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.

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...


how can anything this good be this easy? HEY, I'm almost a food snob...ALMOST ok, I used equal amounts sour cream, mayo and ranch dressing. it was difficult to allow this to conjugate all night...

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/ ...

Very simple, yet excellent flavor. I made this as a side dish this evening and even the kids loved the taste and texture. I added a spoonful of chopped dill pickles and I cut down a bit on the s...