This creamy seafood salad recipe is light, bright, and perfect for summer entertaining.

Shrimp, imitation crab, and crunchy celery are tossed in a creamy mayo dressing with Old Bay, lemon juice, and a few splashes of hot sauce.

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You’ll Crave This Seafood Salad Because…

  • It is light and refreshing. Perfect for summer entertaining.
  • The bite-sized pieces of shrimp in this recipe are tender and flavorful.
  • While the firm crab meat adds a little sweetness.
  • The zesty, creamy, and seasoned dressing accentuates the seafood and the crunch of the vegetables.
  • Sprinkled with a little dill makes this look so professional and appealing.
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Ingredients for Seafood Salad

I use shrimp and imitation crab in this recipe, but you can use any combination of seafood you’d like.

  • Shrimp: Use cooked medium shrimp that is peeled and chilled. If you have raw shrimp, cook just until pink and opaque, and then chill before using.
  • Crab: I use imitation crab meat in this salad because it’s budget-friendly and easy to find. I cut it into bite-sized pieces.
  • Celery: Celery adds a nice crunch and freshness to the dish.
  • Green Onion: Finely diced green onion adds flavor without overpowering the seafood.
  • Dressing: The base of this dressing is mayonnaise. Fresh lemon juice and fresh dill add a bright flavor, while Old Bay seasoning enhances the flavor of the seafood.

Variations

  • Chopped hardboiled eggs add texture, crunch, and color to seafood salad.
  • Green onion can be replaced with 1 tablespoon of finely minced red onion.
  • Add other fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro.
  • Additional veggies can be added—try red bell pepper, tomato, or diced cucumber.
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How to Make Seafood Salad

  1. Chop the shrimp and tear the imitation crabmeat into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients (recipe below).
  3. Gently toss in seafood, celery, and green onion until coated.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve this salad with crackers or crostini.
  • It can be spooned onto a croissant and served as a seafood salad sandwich.
  • Spoon it over a bed of greens.
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Seafood Salad Tips

  • For the best shrimp and crab salad, cut the ingredients bite-sized pieces so a little bit of everything gets on every forkful.
  • Make ahead so the salad stays extra cold, and stir thoroughly before serving.
  • Keep leftover seafood salad in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Seafood Salad

This seafood salad is packed with protein, and combines the meatiness of crab and shrimp and a zesty creamy dressing.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Equipment

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Ingredients  

  • 8 ounces cooked medium shrimp peeled and chilled
  • 8 ounces imitation crab
  • 2 ribs celery finely diced
  • 1 green onion finely diced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped dill or ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 4 dashes hot sauce such as Tabasco

Instructions 

  • Roughly chop the shrimp. Tear the crab into bite-size pieces.
  • In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, dill, Old Bay seasoning, and hot sauce.
  • Add the shrimp, crab, celery, and green onion. Toss to combine.
  • Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Garnish with additional dill if desired.

Notes

Serve with crackers, over lettuce, or serve sandwich style.
Leftovers will keep and airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 289 | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 846mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American
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  1. I made this exactly as directed and it’s sooooo good! I will definitely be making this again!
    Next time I may add a diced jalapeno for a kick!5 stars

  2. Can I substitute bay scallops for the imitation crabmeat? I am highly LLERGIC TO iMITATION cRABMEAT, AND CRABMEAT!!!!

    1. I have not tried but it sounds like it would work. I would love to hear how it turns out for you, Phyllis.

  3. I make this salad all the time. It is so delicious with the dill. Ive never added old bay seasoning to my salad. Ill have to try it. Sometimes, I add green bellpepper but I think red bellpepper would be a little more suttle. This is perfect for summer or a barbecue.5 stars