Crab salad is an American classic! There’s a reason this seafood dish is so popular – it’s super delicious and oh so versatile. You can serve it on sandwiches, lettuce wraps, or on cookies. It’s super easy to make and ten times better than the deli version! With simple recipes like this one, we focus on quality ingredients. The magic comes from freshly chopped dill. Seafood and dill go together like peanut butter and jelly. They compliment each other perfectly! We love how you can play with the consistency of your version to make it your own! If you like something extra creamy in your crab salad, go ahead and add it. This is the ultimate side dish at a BBQ or picnic, or you can have it for lunch at home! Who’s stopping you from eating it as a light dinner option? Of course we don’t!
We love using cooked lump crab meat for this delicious seafood salad. If you’re on a budget, have a crab allergy, or don’t eat seafood, you can use imitation crab — look for packages that spell crab with a “k.” Both will give you a great salad, but use what works for you and what you can find!
Fresh vs. Dried Dill:
We love using fresh dill in crab salad. It accentuates the seafood flavors and pairs perfectly with fresh lemon juice. That said, you can substitute dried dill if desired. You need to use 1-2 tablespoons instead of ¼ cup like fresh.
What spices did you add to this salad?
We like to keep it simple. Our Crab Salad includes:
- fresh dill
- black pepper
Some other recipes call for other seasonings, such as Old Bay. You can tee off with our version, or get creative! We also like the idea of making this salad spicier by adding a bit of cayenne. Yum!
Did you put eggs in this dish?
We won’t be adding eggs to our version of this recipe, but if you want, you can too! Hard-boiled eggs will add more protein to this dish, making it more filling.
Is crab salad the same as carni salad?
While you’ve been searching around for the perfect crab salad recipe, you may have stumbled upon a kani salad recipe. Kani salad is the Japanese take on this seafood dish. It featured thinly sliced crab, vegetables, a mayonnaise-based salsa and was topped with a little breadcrumbs. You can give our recipes an Asian twist by adding a little Sriracha!
Ways to Serve This Crab Salad
There are a few different ways to serve this delicious dish. Here are some of our favorite ideas:
- In a sandwich: Use buttered rolls, Italian bread, or make lettuce wraps.
- As a dipping sauce: Serve in a bowl with your biscuit of choice. Saltines, RITZ or Triscuits all come to mind!
- In an avocado: Scoop out the inside of the avocado halves and place the crab salad inside. Be sure to leave a bit of the avocado flesh behind!
You can enjoy this crab salad as a sandwich filling, or as above with crackers or bread as a fun appetizer. If you’d like to use it for a heartier meal, consider pairing it with: