Summer Seafood Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad
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  • Total: 28 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 bowls (4 to 6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
709 Calories
49g Fat
46g Carbs
20g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 bowls (4 to 6 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 709
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 1212mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 38mg 190%
Calcium 319mg 25%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 369mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This pasta salad may be made with crabmeat, shrimp, lobster, or a combination of shellfish. Canned shrimp and/or imitation crabmeat work well.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked pasta, spiral or shell
  • 1 cup

    frozen peas, thawed

  • 1/2 cup

    chopped green pepper

  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 2 cups shredded imitation crab meat (or a combination of crabmeat and small shrimp)
  • 2 cups ranch or peppercorn ranch dressing
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • (Optional) 1/2 cup Optional: 1/2 cup carrot (finely shredded)
  • (Optional) 1/2 cup Optional: 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cook pasta until done but not overcooked.

  3. Cool under cold running water; drain well.

  4. In ​a large bowl, combine all ingredients except tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. Toss gently but blend thoroughly.

  5. Refrigerate the salad for 3 to 4 hours. If the texture is dry add more dressing, top with tomatoes and parmesan cheese.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tip

  • This is a creamy pasta salad, but we prefer this to the ones with oily dressings. You can also substitute small frozen shrimp. Be sure the shrimp are thawed and well-drained on paper towels or the salad will be watery.

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