Italian Crab Seafood Pasta Salad
I had a very similar salad in Little Italy near the Baltimore Harbor. It was fabulous! This is the closest I have come to it. This is pretty darn good too! A wonderful summertime salad! Serve as an appetizer salad, a side salad, light lunch or for brunch. It makes a very nice presentation and will be sure to impress guests. :) P.S. Do not substitute canned crabmeat or imitation it will not taste the same!
- Ready In:
- 12 ounces medium pasta shells
- 1⁄2 lb lump crabmeat (you can find fresh lump crabmeat in a 1lb container in the seafood dept. Do not use canned or imitat)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1⁄2 cup buttermilk
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 lemon, juice of
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 Old Bay Seasoning (Old Bay is best but if you cannot find use another seafood seasoning)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- lettuce leaf
- Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until al dente, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Rinse, drain and set aside.
- Pick through crab discarding any pieces of shells.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the crab, mayonnaise, buttermilk, onions, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder Old bay, parsley and pepper to taste.
- Add the pasta shells and mix again.
- Cover and chill overnight.
- Serve on lettuce leaves.
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This recipe has potential but for us it seemed like it was missing something. I had a container of lump crab meat I wanted to use up and wanted something light. This recipe was easy to make but I wasn't sure how much old bay as it only says 1/2. I followed other reviewers suggestions and added 1/2 tablespoon. Hubby added some salt to the mixture but said he thought it could have used celery and carrots. This is a good starter recipe.Reply
Would have liked to give it a higher rating and it is really good but I added several things to it and the recipe isn't as clear as it should be. I added black olives, zest of one lemon, 1/2 cup of celery, imitation crab meat, and some finely shredded carrot. I used a heavy tsp of Old Bay. It turned out great. Thanks so much for the "starter" recipe!1Reply