This Seafood Pasta Salad is one of the best salads of summer.
Pasta, shrimp, crab meat, celery and onion all coated with a mayo dressing.
My husbands family would get together for many holidays throughout the year, which meant potlucks. One of his sisters would bring this seafood salad and it was one of the first dishes to be gone, everyone loved it.
It’s been a long time since we have had his sister’s seafood salad, so I decided to give it a try. This is my version of hubby’s sister’s seafood pasta salad.
Easy Seafood Salad Recipe
In order to call this salad seafood, you will need some seafood so why not start with crab. I used the imitation crab for this salad, I think it holds up better than the real crab meat. But by all means, if you would like to try real crab meat I’m sure it would taste even better.
For the shrimp I used cooked salad shrimp, it was an 8-ounce package that said 100-200 shrimp inside.
I started making this salad by chopping the imitation crab up into chunks. Even though the shrimp is small I still chopped them up a bit also.
While I’m getting everything ready for the salad I had the radiatore noodles cooking on the stove according to the directions on the box. I add a little olive oil to the pasta so the noodles wouldn’t stick together.
Along with cutting up the crab and shrimp I also cut up celery, onion and fresh parsley to go into this pasta salad.
When the pasta is all done cooking, drain all the water off. Having the noodles in the colander is the perfect time to run cold water over the noodles to help cool them down some.
Now, this is the part of the seafood salad that I’m not sure if its the same as hubby’s sister’s or not, but I really like the flavor of this dressing.
In a small bowl, I mixed together with mayo and ranch dressing with a little sugar. Making sure that the sugar is dissolved.
For the mayo, I did use real mayo and not miracle whip. If you use miracle whip you might want to add more sugar to help tame down the miracle whip some.
With the dressing made, the pasta cooked, and all the goodies cut up. It’s time to mix everything together in a large bowl, mixing until all ingredients are coated with this delicious dressing.
Once all the ingredients are mixed together cover your bowl and refrigerate the salad until you are ready to serve it. This salad goes great with my Sloppy Joes or a good hamburger.
Hope you enjoy this Seafood Salad as much as we do~ Jenny
Other recipes from My Creative Manner that you may enjoy are:
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For the salad
- 8 Ounces Imitation Crab Meat Chopped up
- 8 Ounces Cooked Salad Shrimp Chopped up
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 16 Ounce Radiatore Noodle
- 1/2 Cup Celery Diced
- 1/3 Cup Onion Diced
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley Chopped
For the Dressing
- 1 Cup Mayo
- 1/2 Cup Ranch Dressing
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
For the Salad
Bring a pot of water to a full boil. To the pot of water add olive oil
Cook pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain the pasta into a colander, run cold water over the pasta. Make sure all water is off the pasta.
In a large bowl add the crab meat, shrimp, celery, onion, parsley and the cooked radiatore noodles. Mix everything together.
For the Dressing
In a small bowl combine the sugar, mayo and ranch dressing.
With the dressing made add it to the large bowl with the crab and goodies. Mix everything together really well
Cover bowl and place in the refrigerator until salad is cool