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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

Delicious cold seafood salad with tons of flavor. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cold seafood salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill time 2 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 per person
Calories 661kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Prepare pasta according to package directions, drain, and set aside
    Add mayonnaise, French dressing, old bay, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper to big bowl and whisk until fully combined.
    Add remainder of ingredients to bowl, including pasta, and stir until combined and all ingredients are coated in sauce.
    Refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Enjoy 

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Nutrition

Calories: 661kcal
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Cold Seafood Pasta. Perfect side dish for any family gathering. Calling all my seafood lovers.

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Friday 31st of May 2019

[…] bright and colorful salads are. I’ve shared a few colorful pasta salads here before, like this cold seafood salad, and this Hawaiian macaroni salad. I’ve also shared this yummy Thai sweet chilli cucumber […]

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Thursday 31st of May 2018

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Tanya

Friday 1st of June 2018

This review has made my night :) Thank you T'Challa :P

Missy

Monday 14th of May 2018

Could you substitute canned crab as I'm not a fan of imitation crab?

Tanya

Tuesday 15th of May 2018

Hi Missy, I've never used canned crab, only immitation because of the sweetness and texture of it. I'm sure canned crab would be just as delicious but I'd make sure to buy the lump kind.

Sam @ The Culinary Compass

Monday 3rd of April 2017

This looks delicious! Can't wait to try this summer.

Josie

Monday 18th of July 2016

Thanks for writing such an eadysto-unser-tand article on this topic.