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Cold Seafood Salad Recipe

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This cold seafood salad recipe is full of flavor and is oh so very pretty. Made with a special sauce that will get your taste buds dancing, it’s a great option to serve at your next social gathering or cookout. 

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Cold Seafood Salad Recipe

Summer proves itself to be the best season ever because that’s when all the barbecues occur. Family and friends get together, fire up the grill, and tell the guest to bring the side dishes and desserts. The most popular side dishes at the barbecues I attend is the pasta salad. There are so many pasta salads in existence but my favorite of all favorites has to be a cold seafood salad.

I don’t know what it is about shrimp and that fake lobster meat in a pasta salad but I fall in love. So of course I had to create a cold seafood salad recipe for the blog.

Now a lot of you may be reading this and asking yourself, what the heck is fake lobster meat? It’s what I call imitation crab. I am not sure why I call it fake lobster meat but ya know what I am getting at. Crabs…Lobster, kind of the same thing, but not really.

Imitation Crab vs. Real Crab? That is the Question…

My guess for those who are terrified of the idea of imitation anything in their belly is that real crab meat can be substituted. However, I have only made this salad with imitation crab and will likely never change my ways. The stuff is delicious and adds a bit more color to the dish. I also like to buy the smaller cuts of the imitation crab and just add those chunks to this cold seafood salad recipe.

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Now this seafood salad must be served cold, hence why it is a cold seafood salad recipe. Then again, who am I to be a stickler for the rules, serve warm if you like but it is best when you let the flavors mend together in the fridge for a few hours.

Although this recipe is great for summer cookouts and gatherings, it’s also a great option for my bring to lunch menu when I make it the night before.

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Cold Seafood Salad Recipe

This cold seafood salad recipe is full of flavor and is oh so very pretty. I combine crab and shrimps with pasta, crunchy bell peppers and green onions, then dress with a special sauce that will get your taste buds dancing, it's a great option to serve at your next social gathering or cookout. 
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword best seafood salad recipe, cold seafood salad, cold seafood salad with pasta, easy seafood salad, seafood salad pasta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill time 2 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 414kcal
Author Tanya


  • 3 cups medium sized seashell pasta
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper chopped
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 8 oz imitation crab meat chopped
  • 8 oz cooked medium sized shrimp chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 2 tbsp French dressing
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Prepare the pasta according to package directions, drain, and set aside to cool.
  • Add the mayonnaise, French dressing, Old Bay seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper to big bowl and whisk until fully combined.
  • Now add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, including the cooked pasta, and stir until combined and all ingredients are coated in sauce.
  • Refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Enjoy 



Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 513mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 739IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
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Friday 17th of February 2023

I was looking for an easy Seafood Salad recipe, & came across yours. Being originally from New England,I found that I had to make a couple of minor changes (which are not even worth mentioning). There is one important ingredient that I'm surprised you didn't use in your recipe, and that is some finely diced celery! Try it, you might like it.


Monday 20th of February 2023

Thanks Angela! I'll have to give that a try :)


Sunday 14th of August 2022

Tanya My hubby and I loved this seafood macaroni salad. So rich, creamy and delicious. I agree with you - use IMITATION Crab. A must. For shrimp we sautéed Trader Joe's Argentine Shrimp w/Ghee Butter and lemon juice.

Along w/the Seafood Salad we served Fried Zucchini, Ranch Dip & sliced tomatoes.

Thank you for sharing this refreshingly cool Seafood Salad for the 'Long Hot Summer'...


Wednesday 15th of June 2022

Can u use some other pasta than the shells? I am not a fan of shells. Love all your recipes. Keep up the great work.


Thursday 16th of June 2022

Hey Carol, any pasta will work fine as a sub.


Monday 23rd of August 2021

Very refreshing I added a cup cherry tomato’s from the garden and a couple jalapeños. We just like to kick things up a notch to use veggies from the garden. Thank you love the light sauce


Monday 26th of April 2021

This was easy and delicious!