Seafood Salad

Seafood Salad is so delicious, and can be served as a meal or for appetizers! Scoop it into a lettuce wrap, pile onto a bun or serve it with crackers!

This inexpensive seafood salad is made with imitation crab and lobster meat and real baby shrimp! Along the same lines as our hot Lobster Delight Dip, you’re friends and family won’t know the difference!

seafood salad in a glass bowl with crackers

Seafood Salad Recipe

Not only will no one care that you’re using imitation seafood for this Seafood Salad recipe, they’re all going to be asking you for the recipe! I mean if you’re one that can afford a couple pounds of lobster and crab meat for a seafood salad, by all means make that substitution.

But I can promise you that this recipe is so easy to make and so delicious, you’re going to want to give it a try!

How To Make Seafood Salad

Start by opening the packs of imitation seafood and giving them a good rinse in a colander. Dry with paper towels and then chop into bite sized pieces and add to a bowl. We’re using canned, baby shrimp for this seafood salad but any small shrimp will do.

Just make sure all the ingredients are bite sized so that if you are serving this seafood salad for appetizers it’ll fit nicely on a cracker.

seafood salad in a bowl with spatula

Mix the seafood together with chopped scallions, fresh dill, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, salt, pepper and a couple of tablespoons of pickle brine. Pickle brine adds the perfect, tangy flavor to this salad recipe, but if you don’t have any handy a splash of white vinegar will do.

Stir the ingredients together, taste for seasonings and chill for an hour before serving.

Cold seafood salad in a serving bowl with crackers

Can I Use Real Seafood In This Seafood Salad Recipe?

So here’s the thing. Imitation crab meat and lobster meat and things of that nature are actually seafood. It’s not fake seafood, it’s just seafood that’s meant to look and taste like crab or lobster.

But it’s still seafood! So the answer is yes, you can swap out real crab meat and/or real lobster meat in this recipe if you like, but all the ingredients here are seafood!

seafood salad in a clear glass bowl

How Long Will This Recipe Last In The Refrigerator?

This seafood salad will be good for up to three days in the refrigerator. Three days is usually my max for any seafood recipe, and I’m going to stick to it here as well. Although I have to say I do love this salad made ahead of time so that the flavors blend together, so give it at least an hour or two before serving!

seafood salad on a cracker

What Other Herbs Can I Use In This Recipe?

Dill and seafood go hand in hand, but if dill isn’t a flavor that you love there are some other options! Fresh parsley for sure, but also tarragon, chives, fennel fronds or basil would all be great!

If you don’t have any fresh herbs on hand you can use a little bit of dried instead or even leave it out of the recipe.

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Seafood Salad

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

This Seafood Salad recipe is so easy to make, and can be served as lunch, dinner or for appetizers! We’re using imitation crab and lobster meat to make this recipe super affordable!



  • 8 ounces imitation crab meat
  • 8 ounces Imitation lobster meat
  • 6 ounce can baby shrimp
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons pickle brine (can also use white or apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped dill
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • Crackers for serving


  1. Remove the crab meat and lobster meat from the packaging and rinse well. Chop the meat into bite sized pieces and add to a bowl. Drain the shrimp, rinse and add to the bowl with the lobster and crab meat.
  2. Whisk the mayonnaise, pickle brine, dill, salt and pepper in a bowl. Pour over the seafood and gently fold together with a large spoon or spatula.
  3. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with crackers for appetizers or use in a sandwich or a low carb lettuce wrap.
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mantitlement, seafood dip, cold appetizers, easy recipes, recipes with imitation seafood, make ahead recipes


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