Simple Crab Salad

Crab Salad
Crab Salad on Watercress. Annabelle Breakey/Collection: Stockbyte/Getty Images
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
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Serve this simple, well-seasoned crab salad with a slice of avocado on salad greens. Use fresh cooked crab for the salad.  It's an especially nice salad for a hot summer lunch or dinner, and it makes a fabulous starter or appetizer salad.

Diced celery and bell peppers add crunch and flavor while a little lemon juice and mayonnaise provide the perfect dressing. Serve the salad with slices of avocado or surround it with tomato wedges.

A serving size is considered 3 ounces, but you might want smaller or larger portions depending on whether the salad is an appetizer or main dish.

See below for quick steaming instructions for fresh crabs.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups cooked cooled crabmeat, flaked, about 1 pound*
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green or red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • mixed salad greens or Boston lettuce leaves
  • 6 avocado wedges, optional

How to Make It

  1. Mix crabmeat with diced celery, chopped bell pepper, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and mayonnaise.
  2. Serve over mixed greens, watercress, or lettuce leaves with a slice of avocado if desired.

*The average blue crab contains about 2 ounces of meat. Some will feel heavier than others. Use more to ensure you have enough for four salads.  A 2-pound Dungeness crab will yield roughly 1/2 pound of meat.

How to Steam Fresh Crabs With Old Bay Seasoning

Dungeness Crabs - Scrub the crabs thoroughly. Place a wire rack in a large stockpot. Add equal amounts of water and white vinegar to the pot to a depth of about 3 inches. The level of the water should be just below the top of the rack. Place the pot over high heat. Bring the water to a boil. Place about 2 to 3 Dungeness crabs on the rack, sprinkle with 1/2 cup of Old Bay Seasoning, cover, and steam for about 20 minutes. The crabs will be bright orange when done.

Blue Crabs - Follow the directions for the Dungeness crabs but use about 1 dozen blue crabs. Sprinkle them with the 1/2 cup of Old Bay Seasoning, cover, and steam for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until they turn red.

Note: If you don't use Old Bay seasoning, season the steaming water with about 1 tablespoon of salt.

See Also

How to Clean and Pick Meat From a Crab

Savory Crab Cakes


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
192 Calories
16g Fat
11g Carbs
3g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)