Crab pasta salad

    1 hour 31 min

    This is the perfect side dish/salad for a summer BBQ. Orzo pasta, crab meat, plum tomatoes, carrot, peppers and spring onions are tossed with a tangy and spicy dressing.

    10 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 300g uncooked orzo pasta
    • 450g cooked crab meat
    • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
    • 1 medium red pepper, diced
    • 1 medium green pepper, diced
    • 3 spring onions, chopped
    • 175g mayonnaise
    • 3 tablespoons chilli sauce
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 3 drops hot pepper sauce

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:11min  ›  Extra time:1hr cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr31min 

    1. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add orzo and cook 11 minutes or until al dente. Drain and place in the refrigerator about 1 hour, until chilled.
    2. In a large bowl, toss together orzo, crab meat, tomatoes, carrot, red pepper, green pepper and spring onions.
    3. In a small bowl, blend mayonnaise, chilli sauce, lemon juice, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce. Pour over the orzo mixture and toss to coat.

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    I thought this was great. We had lump crab from Trader Joes (the canned kind) and decided to use it for this salad. The only difference I made was to add 1.5 tsp more of the chili powder and more lemon juice, about 1 T more. You can adjust the dressing to your taste while keeping the mayo amount the same. We loved this! Made it twice. Oh and on one occasion, we added a little bit of corn kernals. Another great addition is to add some Old Bay Seasoning. My husband preferred it this way.  -  13 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I loved the idea of the "Crab Louis" style of this and looked forward to this twist with the orzo. Unfortunately, I was let down. While this was edibible, it certainly wasn't memorable. I tasted too much of the peppers and not enough of the dressing. Overall, the salad was rather nondescript, not exactly bursting with flavor, though it IS pretty and colorful. I used fresh lump crab meat and, since it is expensive, regret that I used it in a dish that was "just okay."  -  19 May 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    A great idea but a little too "crabby" for my taste. If you like a seafood "cocktail" kind of taste, this one's for you. Might be better served over fresh greens, maybe with some cold boiled shrimp and sliced tomatoes on the side?  -  04 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)