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Crab Pasta Salad

posted by Julie Evink on June 28, 2017

Crab Pasta Salad ~ Pasta Salad Loaded with Crab Meat, Peas, Broccoli, Green Pepper and Onion!

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About a week ago we attempted to take Miss K’s two year pictures. I say attempted because really it was an epic failure. We rose on Saturday morning and she was just full of smiles and happiness as we left for our short journey to Elle Ana Photography.

Then we arrived at the location for the shoot and it went downhill quite quickly. I mean pretty much immediately. She went from smiles to an attitude of, ” No, Mom I will not smile no matter what you what” and “Actually I’d rather throw myself down on the floor and scream instead,” which she actually did. Did I mention that Danielle just happened to snap a picture as Jason and I were laughing at our child throwing a tantrum? Epic moment there folks.


You know what I did? I shrugged my shoulders and smiled at our photographer because honestlCrab Pasta Salad ~ Pasta Salad Loaded with Crab Meat, Peas, Broccoli, Green Pepper and Onion!y what can you do? Sure I could have yelled, threatened, cried but then they react to you and that gets you nowhere fast. I’ll admit inside I was doing all of those things at the same time. I felt like I should send my photographer flowers afterwards.

Crab Pasta Salad ~ Pasta Salad Loaded with Crab Meat, Peas, Broccoli, Green Pepper and Onion!

I mean she wouldn’t even change her outfit. She informed me, “NO LIKE!” When I was trying to sway her into changing over and over again. Interesting how that happens considering she informed me that exact same thing when I put the original outfit on at home. Obviously she must have fell in love with said outfit so much that she refused to change into her pretty dress.

My photographer informed me that yes this happens to other families *insert my happy dance* and yes we can attempt some more at another time. She’s such a sweetheart isn’t she?

I’m going to need a lot of luck and a few prayers next time around so if your willing send some up for me. Danielle did manage to salvage a few shoots miraculously. I tell ya the girl is talented. One of them took all of her talents because she had to combine THREE photos to get ONE!

Crab Pasta Salad ~ Pasta Salad Loaded with Crab Meat, Peas, Broccoli, Green Pepper and Onion!

This is why I like photographing food. It doesn’t move and it doesn’t talk back. Sure I may whisper sweet nothings to it but it never lips off to me.

I was for sure whispering sweet nothings to this amazing pasta salad. I adore a loaded pasta salad to accompany my grilling. I usually make one every weekend we venture off to the lake and this one is definitely going into our rotation. It’s loaded with pasta, of course, green peppers, onions, broccoli and crab meat. It’s really like a meal in itself!

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Crab Pasta Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Serves 10 servings     adjust servings


  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • 16 oz imitation crabmeat, chopped
  • 1 c. frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 c. broccoli florets
  • 1/2 c. chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 c. sliced green onion
  • 3/4 c. fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c. reduced fat Italian salad dressing
  • 3 T grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl combine pasta, crab, peas, broccoli, pepper and onion.
  2. In a small bowl mix together mayonnaise, salad dressing and cheese. Pour over pasta mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 299kcal Calories from fat 168
% Daily Value
Total Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 393mg16%
Carbohydrate 20g7%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 13g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • How to Philosophize with Cake

    That looks awesome! Love the use of crab, looks like it would be great for a summery side dish! 🙂

  • conni

    Hey Julie, Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but the recipe that pulls up when I click on Crab Pasta Salad doesn’t have crab or green pepper or green onions listed in the “Ingredient” section. The salad looks mouth-watering good in the picture so I immediately wanted to try it. Any suggestions on what I’m doing wrong trying to find the recipe?

  • Jo Ann

    Hi Julie, I am unable to find the Crab Pasta Salad recipe. The recipe posted today is with Shrimp.There is no mention of broccoli or green peppers. The recipe posted is for Shrimp Pasta Salad, which also looks good. Will you be posting the Crab Salad recipe?
    Thank you…I love your website and look forward to all of you postings.

    • Julie Evink

      I’m so sorry! Should be correct now!

  • Connie Hasemann

    I’m with the others who did not get the crab recipe – mine also showed shrimp. Love crab – shrimp, not so much.


  • vicki

    am with the others. Cannot get the Crab Salad. Just states Shrimp Salad. Would like to get the crab salad.


    • Julie Evink

      So very sorry not sure what happened there but it should be correct now!

  • Lori Hart

    Your crab pasta salad looks just amazing!! Found your recipe at Two Cup Tuesday.  I am one of the hostesses of Tickle My Tastebuds and would love you to stop by and link up this recipe if you have not yet already. Here is the link

  • Shirley Wood

    This salad sure does sound yummy! Pinned to my Summer Salads board. Would love for you to stop by and link up with us at Wake Up Wednesday which will be live at 8pm (EST) tonight. Here is the link

  • Max Arthur

    Mmmm. I want me some of this pasta salad.

  • Tonia

    Perfect for summer!

    • Julie Evink

      Totally! Can never have to many pasta salads in your arsenal!

  • Kelley @Miss Information Blog

    Julie this looks so refreshing and I love that you loved crab instead of something like chicken! Thanks for linking up as always to Cook it Craft it Share it! Have a great weekend!

  • Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    This looks so awesome! My kids love crab and lobster, and I do too! I’m going to have to make this for a special treat!

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    Oh Julie, I have SO been there! I very rarely do photos any more because they’re just too exhausting….there is literally ALWAYS a meltdown! And these days I’m not doing too much food photography either, but I would certainly do this pasta salad! Yum!!

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks Cathy! Glad I’m not the only one 🙂

  • Valentina @ Valentina's Corner

    My friend, this looks amazing. Will be making it for our July 4th party. Can’t wait to try it!. 🙂

  • Dianna

    Why imitation crab? Would fresh or canned crabmeat be good/better in this salad? Can it chill overnight if you need to make it ahead? Can you drop the broccoli and peas into the boiling pasta water for the last few minutes of cooking or are they better raw? thanks for the updates!

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