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Easy Faux Crab Salad


This easy faux crab salad is a great make-ahead recipe. Adding salty capers and dijon brings a spritely zip to the dressing. If you make it ahead and leave it to marinate in the dressing overnight, the flavors deepen even more. Make this for an excellent surf and turf side dish during grill season!

The trick to making a crab salad sing is finding the right portions for your dressing. My first attempt was far too heavy on the mayo, so we spent time testing different combinations to develop the proper dressing. Also, adding crisp celery and red bell pepper offers a nice crunch to an otherwise soft salad bite. If you’re a traditionalist, you can use a higher ratio of mayonnaise in the dressing. 

I love summer salads for two reasons. One, it’s far too hot here to cook over a stove all evening, so salads offer a nice reprieve from the heat. I also love salads because they are just so great to make a big batch of for the whole week ahead. I will often stagger salads around here so that we are using a salad with a new salad at the same time. This way, you can have two tasty side dishes with whatever meats you serve. 

Summertime screams grilling, so we spend a lot of time grilling things, and salads make a great fresh side to go with any grilled dish.


The Faux Crab Is Faux


What the heck do I mean, the faux is faux? It’s made with various fish and no actual crab meat. In this recipe, I just snagged the first imitation crab that looked like it was the economical choice. Looking at the label, I saw it was made with whiting and pollock. My point here, not all imitation crab tastes like each other. Each brand has its distinct mix to create this fish-based seafood. Finding one you like may take time, but it is worth the effort if you can find one. 

This particular package was a surprise for me. It likely wouldn’t have been a huge surprise, but my reading glasses didn’t make it to the grocery store with me. The crab meat was in a stick form instead of flakey chunks. It wasn’t flakey either; instead had the consistency of a cheese string. So you see, the ‘crab’ you choose will make a difference in your salad. 


Let’s start the easy faux crab salad!


First, we gather everything and have a bowl ready. It’s a nice easy side dish that requires little work. If you have the flaking kind of crab, you can break it up directly into your bowl. If you find yourself facing the crab sticks as I did chop it up into little pieces. Add to that your parsley, capers, green onion, and celery, and stir it.



The next step is to measure the ingredients into a small dish or measuring cup for the dressing. You should blend the salad dressing ingredients well before adding to the salad. Be sure to mix the salad dressing into the salad well before covering and placing it in the fridge. This easy seafood side salad will keep in the refrigerator for two-three days. 


What can you substitute for this salad?


This salad is such an excellent seafood blend that you can switch it up with other peppers, onions, and even the crab can be substituted with tuna or salmon!

You can even use this crab salad as a sandwich filling! Many years ago, I worked for a Mr. Sub, and I can tell you their crab sub was a mix of imitation crab and mayo. That was it! This tastier salad version would make a great sandwich with some lettuce added. A loaf of bread like light rye or firmer brown would be best as they are sturdier for this filling.

crab salad

Easy Faux Crab Salad

Amber Bondar
This easy to prepare imitation crab salad is so delicious. The longer you let it sit the more the flavors blend to become a truly delicious seafood salad that doubles as a sandwich filling! With crisp celery, red peppers, and green onion this seafood salad is a fast side dish to whip together in the summer season!
Prep Time 10 minutes
1 hour
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 6


  • 1 Salad Bowl
  • 1 Small Dish Or glass for dressing mixing
  • 1 knife For cutting veggies
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp


The Salad

  • 1 pkg Imitation Crab Meat
  • 1 tsp Capers
  • ½ Cup Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley Chopped
  • 2 Green Onion Chopped
  • ½ Red Bell Pepper Diced Fine

The Salad Dressing

  • 3 Tbsp Dijon
  • Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • ½ Lemon Juiced


  • Flake or dice the crab meat into bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Mix the salad dressing in another dish/cup and blend well.
  • Toss the salad with the salad dressing.
  • Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Keyword crab, lunch, salad, salad dressing, seafood


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