Rating: 3.6 stars
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1

Flaked, canned crab meat stars in this macaroni salad for a refreshing summertime side dish.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes; drain. Rinse macaroni with cold water until completely chilled; drain.

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  • Mix macaroni, mayonnaise, crabmeat, celery, chili sauce, lemon juice, dill, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Spoon into lettuce leaves to serve.

Nutrition Facts

438 calories; protein 11.2g; carbohydrates 23.9g; fat 33.6g; cholesterol 38.8mg; sodium 719.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2016
1-7-2016 ~Pretty darned good! As I thought over it for purposes of this review, I considered maybe a little more dill might be in order, or maybe a tad more celery. Hubs captured it best, however, when he said that he enjoyed this because it was simple. Exactly! Because there are so few add-ins, the lovely (and expensive) crab takes center stage. You KNOW you're eating CRAB salad. I did add some green peas, but only because this was seriously in need of some color. It would have looked pretty anemic if I hadn't. I loved the addition of the chili sauce, which you can't identify but contributed subtle flavor. The dill is a fitting addition. I forgot to add the lemon juice, so I can't be certain if this pasta salad is better with or without. In my view, skip the typical and possible additions of onion, cheddar cheese, green pepper, bacon, tomatoes... all good, but if you want CRAB salad, prepare this just as is. One other thing - this salad will be as good as the quality of the crab you use. Buy the best that fits your budget. Read More
(13)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2016
It was ok...guests didn't like the dill. I did add sugar and relish to my mayo mixture and made taste better Read More
(1)
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2016
1-7-2016 ~Pretty darned good! As I thought over it for purposes of this review, I considered maybe a little more dill might be in order, or maybe a tad more celery. Hubs captured it best, however, when he said that he enjoyed this because it was simple. Exactly! Because there are so few add-ins, the lovely (and expensive) crab takes center stage. You KNOW you're eating CRAB salad. I did add some green peas, but only because this was seriously in need of some color. It would have looked pretty anemic if I hadn't. I loved the addition of the chili sauce, which you can't identify but contributed subtle flavor. The dill is a fitting addition. I forgot to add the lemon juice, so I can't be certain if this pasta salad is better with or without. In my view, skip the typical and possible additions of onion, cheddar cheese, green pepper, bacon, tomatoes... all good, but if you want CRAB salad, prepare this just as is. One other thing - this salad will be as good as the quality of the crab you use. Buy the best that fits your budget. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
08/10/2015
It is an excellent recipe. I added a little more celery and some raw onion. Strangely enough my elbow macaroni didn't change into rotini like the picture! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2015
Very good!! I added some paprika and ground red cayenne pepper as I like a little kick. Will be making again.. Read More
(3)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2018
Very good. I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of adding some peas for color. Very flavorful My husband and friends loved it Read More
(2)
Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2016
It was ok...guests didn't like the dill. I did add sugar and relish to my mayo mixture and made taste better Read More
(1)
Rating: 2 stars
10/03/2017
I doubled the recipe for everything except the dill. I was concerned it might dominate the delicate flavor of the crab and in my opinion it did. After 24 hours in the fridge the flavor did mellow a bit but I still found the dill overpowering. I did add a cup of frozen peas; and then in an effort to make it more to my liking added some Old Bay seasoning red pepper flakes lemon pepper and some cubed cheddar cheese. I've made other pasta salads with dill that I enjoyed; however in my opinion dill just didn't fit here. It probably only needed some Old Bay instead. I will not make again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/20/2016
Didn't care for it. The dressing was disappointing. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2019
I made this. It was pretty good. It was a bit salty. So I put about a 1/4 cup sour cream to cut salty taste. Much better. It also gave the salad a better taste also. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/16/2017
Did not like this at all in fact threw it away. Followed the recipe exactly. The dressing overpowered the delicate (and expensive) crab - which was lost in too much pasta. I've always trusted Allrecipes.com but this was so awful am going to be more careful from now on; it was truly that bad. Read More