Pasta Salad with Crab

Summer is the season for salads, and this delicious pasta salad can be served at room temperature, or well chilled. Serve for brunch on a bed of lettuce with some crusty bread and fruit on the side. The recipe also works well for a summer potluck. Store leftovers in the fridge and portion out for an easy lunch on the go.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 servings


  • 1 pound uncooked tri-color rotini pasta

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced

  • 2 cups broccoli florets

  • 1 cup diced carrots

  • 8 ounces fresh crabmeat, well picked over

  • 2 ounces sliced black olives, drained

  • 3 tablespoons minced sweet onion

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning

  • teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes for garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain pasta and add to a large bowl with extra-virgin olive oil. Stir well, and refrigerate, about 30 minutes, while preparing the other ingredients.

  2. Combine bell pepper, broccoli, carrots, crabmeat, olives, and onion in a bowl. Add to pasta.

  3. Stir together mayonnaise, balsamic vinaigrette, Italian seasoning, and black pepper for the dressing in a small bowl and pour over the pasta salad. Mix to combine. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and serve at room temperature or chilled.

Cook's Notes:

I added no salt to this recipe, due to the salt contained in the mayonnaise, vinaigrette, and olives. Add salt, if desired.

You can use imitation crab instead of crab meat. Use a high-quality balsamic vinaigrette. The cherry tomatoes for garnish are optional.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

259 Calories
19g Fat
17g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 259
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 305mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 24mg 119%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 182mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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