Crab Salad Recipe


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What is it about crab salad? It is so light, flavorful, and extremely versatile. It is perfect for everything from a light luncheon or picnic to a large tailgating event or even when entertaining over the holidays.

Crab salad comes together in just a few minutes, but makes an impression that lasts. For entertaining large groups, I like to serve it in small tomatoes that have been hollowed out and a dollop of crab salad has been spooned inside. It makes a beautiful presentation and always seems to disappear quickly.

Crab salad stuffed little tomatoes really is finger food at its finest!

For smaller groups or luncheons, it is great served in larger tomatoes or on a Bibb lettuce leaf or just alongside sliced avocados and tomatoes. And for more casual get-togethers, I love crab salad in a tuna melt fashion to take that classic lunch favorite up a notch or two.

See? I told you it was versatile and perfect for so many occasions.

I absolutely love it. It just calls to me.

Here’s my favorite recipe for Crab Salad that you can print or bookmark for your next Crab Salad craving.

Crab Salad Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Crab Salad makes a wonderful dish to serve at picnics, luncheons, or when entertaining.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 ounces lump crabmeat, picked over for shells
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest, , finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, , freshly squeezed
  • 1 individual stalk celery , finely diced
  • 1 green onions, or scallion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco or Srirachi


  • Gently combine all ingredients until just well-combined. Serve chilled.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 580mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 72IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.


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  1. Lisa says:

    5 stars
    I had crab salad very similar to this and thought it was absolutely delicious. I googled around for recipes and came upon this…this recipe is very close to what I had… delicious! Anyone who loves crabs needs to try this recipe!

  2. adam says:

    5 stars
    just made this recipe neighbor had bring over some left over crabs so i google how to make it found this recipe turn out great and ate in with ritz cracker and watch good football game thanks alot for sharing this recipe _adam

  3. Emmyloop says:

    This crab salad is gorgeous! How do I post my pictures??

  4. Renee - Kudos Kitchen says:

    Love crab. Love avocado. Love your photo. Love your recipe. Love your blog.
    Happy 2nd birthday Add A Pinch!

  5. Mary says:

    Gorgeous photo! Love anything with crab, and this looks especially delicious. Will definitely be making this recipe! Thanks a bunch!

  6. Bobbie (aka Rebelle ) says:

    This looks so yummy! I live in Maryland and we have our share of crab everything. Crab soup, crap dip, crab salad, crab pretzels. You name it, it has crab in it. I really love the idea of putting it in the little tomatoes. This would be great for the holidays. That is when we really splurge and go all out!

  7. Elise Johnson says:

    It is times like this that I wish I wasn’t allergic to crab!!! Looks amazing as always, Robyn!

  8. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings says:

    such a pretty picture!! love all the colors!

  9. icakepops says:

    I love a good crab salad – so delicious and healthy!

  10. Angela @ AnotherBitePlease says:

    I love crab salad…yet have never made on my own…now to try all myself 😉