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Creamy Crab Salad

Creamy Crab Salad is one of the most delicious yet easiest semi-homemade salads you’ll ever have the pleasure of making. For years this creamy crab salad has been my secret go-to recipe for impromptu gatherings with friends and family members at reunions, work potlucks, and even church gatherings.

Have you ever had a secret recipe that everyone wants but your recipe is so simple you are embarrassed to give it so you keep it under your hat forever? Confession time has come today. My almost famous Creamy Crab Salad is really semi-homemade; there I said it there’s no going back now. Y’all won’t believe how darn good it really is, yet how stinking easy it is to make.

Creamy Crab Salad is one of the most delicious yet easiest semi-homemade salads you'll ever have the pleasure of making. For years this creamy crab salad has been my secret go-to recipe for impromptu gatherings with friends and family members at reunions, work potlucks, and even church gatherings.I have to tell Y’all that there is kind of little story behind this recipe, it’s a recipe that originally derived from desperation. I was invited a last-minute to dinner by a work friend in the mid-90’s and they asked me to bring a starter for the meal aka appetizer. Guess what? I hardly had any groceries and even less money on hand until payday. I called it, “Single Mom Syndrom

I had plenty of meal items but not anything I could really use as a starter. What I did have, was a container of plain Jane Deli Sweet Coleslaw, 2 packages of imitation crab meat, shredded carrots, spring onions, celery, parsley, mayo, etc. What in the heck was I going to make with that?

 

 


Have you ever heard of the old saying, “If you toss enough $h%t at the wall it eventually sticks?” Well, that apparently was my motto for the day. I decided to chop up those two packages of imitation crab meat, slice some celery and green spring onions, chop up a little parsley, grab a glass dish and dumb that small container of Sweet Deli coleslaw in it and combine the other ingredients with it, then added a little Seasoned salt and freshly ground pepper–presto! Best darn crazy idea ever. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

I love completely from scratch homemade Southern goodness but I also like enjoying a little free time, so why not take advantage of a great tasting deli coleslaw if you can find one? Heck, I am only human aren’t I? I want a little help here and there and this recipe for Creamy Crab Salad is that recipe that lets you take a few shortcuts in the kitchen on busy days and I love that.

 

 

Creamy Crab Salad is one of the most delicious yet easiest semi-homemade salads you'll ever have the pleasure of making. For years this creamy crab salad has been my secret go-to recipe for impromptu gatherings with friends and family members at reunions, work potlucks, and even church gatherings.I know some of you are imitation crab haters, so here is a little hint Y’all lump crab meat is also an option. I love this recipe with lump crab, however, sometimes my wallet really detests paying all that hard-earned cash to the lovely cashiers at checkout lol–I really am laughing right now. So please feel free to use the lump crab if you like. Also if you have a great homemade coleslaw recipe uses it as well I love creative cooks so feel free to share it in the comments.

 

 

 

 

 

5 from 10 votes
Creamy Crab Salad is one of the most delicious yet easiest semi-homemade salads you'll ever have the pleasure of making. For years this creamy crab salad has been my secret go-to recipe for impromptu gatherings with friends and family members at reunions, work potlucks, and even church gatherings.
Creamy Crab Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
chill
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Creamy Crab Salad is one of the most delicious yet easiest semi-homemade salads you'll ever have the pleasure of making
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crab, Crab Salad, Lump Crab
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 115 kcal
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 16 Ounces Lump crab meat or imitation chopped
  • 2 cups Deli sweet coleslaw
  • 3 tablespoons Dukes Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Sweet pickle relish
  • 3 Spring onions sliced
  • ½ cup Celery thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup Shredded carrots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Seasoned salt to own taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to own taste
Instructions
  1. In a glass bowl combine chopped crab meat, deli coleslaw, mayo, sweet pickle relish, sliced spring onions, shredded carrots, chopped parsley, and season to own taste with Seasoned salt and fresh ground pepper.
  2. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.
Recipe Notes
  • Lump crab meat or intimation may be used in the recipe.
  • Serve on a bed of lettuce or on crackers.
  • Refrigerate uneaten portion in a container.

 

 

 

 

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Toni
    May 31, 2019 at 8:47 am

    My husband really loved this Crab salad! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply
    pegasuslegend
    May 31, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I would seriously be able to eat this crab salad everyday at any time of the day. I love everything in this recipe and I like both the lump and imitation crab I use it a lot is my favorite seafood. I can’t wait to make this its sure looks amazing!

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    Danielle@wenthere8this.com
    May 31, 2019 at 6:46 am

    every time we go to the grocery store my boyfriend has to buy a container of creamy krab salad. he loves the stuff. I should totally make this for him! And I totally love imitation krab 🙂

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      May 31, 2019 at 6:53 am

      Hey there, Danielle, I love it too! On special occassions, we use lump crab which is a bit more pricy but the taste is so rewarding! Thanks for stopping by.

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    Adrianne - Sweet Caramel Sunday
    May 31, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Nope, haven’t heard of that saying, but it is a good one!! Probably true as well no doubt. This Crab Salad looks fab. I have a BBQ coming up, so I will give it a go. Cheers

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      May 31, 2019 at 6:54 am

      Good morning, Adrianne, thank you so much for the sweet comment. I look forward to hearing about your BBQ and how the recipe went over.

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    Alina | Cooking Journey Blog
    May 31, 2019 at 6:11 am

    I love crab salads, I usually make it with corn and rice. I need to try your version with coleslaw. I think it will be fresher and perfect for summer!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      May 31, 2019 at 6:55 am

      Hi, Alina, you must tell me more about your crab salad— that sounds really amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Lisa
    February 6, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    I love to order crab salad in restaurants, but I never seem to make it at home. Will have to try your recipe!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      May 31, 2019 at 6:19 am

      I hope you were able to save some time and money with this recipe! Thank you for stopping by.

  • Reply
    Snappy Gourmet
    February 6, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Big crab fans here in our house! Would never have thought of mixing with coleslaw. Oh my goodness, genius!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      May 31, 2019 at 6:18 am

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for stopping by.

  • Reply
    mindyfewless
    February 6, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    I love any kind of seafood dip!! I’m going to have to try this!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      May 31, 2019 at 6:20 am

      Hope you had a chance to try the recipe! It’s so good!

  • Reply
    Close To Home (@StayCloseToHome)
    February 6, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    This crab salad would be lovely stuffed in an avocado too. So yummy

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 6, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Oh, yes, that is a good idea too! I do adore a good avocado as well. Think you just gave me my lunch idea today.

  • Reply
    Kristina @ Love & Zest
    February 6, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Why I think that you just found my lunch! This looks great!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 6, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you, Kristina, so yummy over fresh greens! Thank you for stopping by

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