Mel's Crab Salad

Mel's Crab Salad

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"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."

Ingredients 8 h 15 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 165 cals

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  • 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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  • Prep

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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.
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  • 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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Reviews 38

  1. 45 Ratings


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.

Cindy in Pensacola

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.


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.