Depression Crab Salad

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

This was fixed by my grandmother every Thanksgiving and was my favorite dish. It was a dish her family made during the depression, crab must have been prevalent then. Very simple to make with only 4 ingredients. My niece that hates onions even loves this. My measurements are not exact because I just throw it together, you may need to adjust it some. Wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it in our family.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large bowl add shredded lettuce in 1/4-inch strips the thiner the better, but not too thin.
  2. Dice onion and add to bowl. You can use less or more onion, but it has to have onion. I often add more depending on the hotness of the onion.
  3. Chop crab and add to bowl, sometimes I add more crab.
  4. Rule that I generally use is for every head of lettuce, I use at least 4 oz (or more) of crab and 1/2 of an onion.
  5. Add 1 cup mayonnaise to bowl toss, add rest of mayonnaise by 1/2 cup tossing well after each. You may not need it all depending on the size of your heads of lettuce.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste. This requires a lot of pepper you should be able to see the little black dots.
  7. Left over this is good it seems to marinate and become even better.


Most Helpful

This is a very tasty salad. I downsized this to only one serving and used imitation crab and much less mayo. I was in the mood for a sandwich for my lunch and toasted a whole wheat sandwich bun, added a slice of garden tomato, and a big scoop of this salad. It was a very good sandwich with the sweetness of the crab and the crunch of the lettuce balanced with the juicy tomato.

Ms B. September 08, 2006

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