Rating: 4.54 stars
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This salad is a great addition to that summertime BBQ

Recipe Summary test

prep:
25 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo, and cook 11 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, and place in the refrigerator about 1 hour, until chilled.

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  • In a large bowl, toss together orzo, crabmeat, tomatoes, carrot, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and green onions.

  • In a small bowl, blend mayonnaise, chili sauce, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce. Pour over the orzo mixture, and toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts

431 calories; protein 25.1g; carbohydrates 46.3g; fat 16.4g; cholesterol 64.5mg; sodium 909.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (25)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2009
I thought this was great. We had lump crab from Trader Joes (the canned kind) and decided to use it for this salad. The only difference I made was to add 1.5 tsp more of the chili powder and more lemon juice, about 1 T more. You can adjust the dressing to your taste while keeping the mayo amount the same. We loved this! Made it twice. Oh and on one occasion, we added a little bit of corn kernals. Another great addition is to add some Old Bay Seasoning. My husband preferred it this way. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/20/2009
I loved the idea of the "Crab Louis" style of this and looked forward to this twist with the orzo. Unfortunately I was let down. While this was edibible it certainly wasn't memorable. I tasted too much of the peppers and not enough of the dressing. Overall the salad was rather nondescript not exactly bursting with flavor though it IS pretty and colorful. I used fresh lump crab meat and since it is expensive regret that I used it in a dish that was "just okay." Read More
(22)
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
05/20/2009
I loved the idea of the "Crab Louis" style of this and looked forward to this twist with the orzo. Unfortunately I was let down. While this was edibible it certainly wasn't memorable. I tasted too much of the peppers and not enough of the dressing. Overall the salad was rather nondescript not exactly bursting with flavor though it IS pretty and colorful. I used fresh lump crab meat and since it is expensive regret that I used it in a dish that was "just okay." Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2009
I thought this was great. We had lump crab from Trader Joes (the canned kind) and decided to use it for this salad. The only difference I made was to add 1.5 tsp more of the chili powder and more lemon juice, about 1 T more. You can adjust the dressing to your taste while keeping the mayo amount the same. We loved this! Made it twice. Oh and on one occasion, we added a little bit of corn kernals. Another great addition is to add some Old Bay Seasoning. My husband preferred it this way. Read More
(20)
Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2004
A great idea but a little too "crabby" for my taste. If you like a seafood "cocktail" kind of taste this one's for you. Might be better served over fresh greens maybe with some cold boiled shrimp and sliced tomatoes on the side? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2007
This is a tasty and refreshing salad. Easy to prepare and delicious. When I make this again I will use slightly less green onion and I will add a pinch of Old Bay seasoning. It is great as is though! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2007
I left out the carrots. It turned out great. It would look real nice for a Christmas buffet and it's tastie! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2012
I followed the recipe exactly except I added a teaspoon of chipotle seasoning that gave it a good kick. it was awesome! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/07/2014
Delicious and refreshing and I used the imitation crab meat. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2017
Made with Heinen's cooked lobster meat because they didn't have crab. Added Old Bay as reviewers suggested. Used 2x the lemon juice called for and more hot sauce. Very good! Served with deviled eggs pickled asparagus my refrigerator pickles and Franciscan Chardonnay. Great summertime dinner. 345 calories per serving as I made it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2014
Delicious! We made this, almost exactly following the recipe. Rather than use real crab, we decided to opt for imitation because we personally like the flavor more. Also, we used Sriracha, about a full tablespoon, and omitted salt. Even my 3 year old, who hates fish, absolutely loves this! Read More
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