pasta salad with crab and vegetables in bowl

Crab Pasta Salad

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x

This Crab Pasta Salad is loaded with crab and tons of vegetables! This pasta salad has all the flavors of a crab cake, tosssed in a delicious make-ahead salad!



  • 1 pound gemelli, bow ties or penne pasta
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 lb. crab meat, rinsed and picked through (claw meat is fine for this salad, but if you have lump great!)
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

For the Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sweet relish
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain and rinse under cold water. Place the pasta in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk the ingredients together for the dressing in a small bowl. Pour over the pasta along with the peppers, celery and onion and toss to combine.
  3. Gently fold in the crab, cover with plastic and chill until ready to serve.
  4. Stir again before serving and garnish with parsley.
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: stir and chill
  • Cuisine: American