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Cold Crab Salad

Imitation crab, which is also called surimi, translates to mean minced fish, and this technique was being used in Japan as much as a thousand years ago. Mild-tasting, white-fleshed fish is used to make it, and this is often pollock or whiting. The bones and skin are removed from the fish, before it is minced and shaped into a paste.

Crab extract and other flavorings are added, along with natural binders and stabilizers like salt, sugar, egg white and starch, and natural coloring. You can get imitation crab in chunks, flakes or even shaped into crab legs. Recipes using imitation crab include various salads, pastas, chowders and soups, and you can use imitation crab instead of scallops, shrimp, or real crab in many dishes.

The following recipe combines the imitation crab with onion, garlic, mayonnaise, and parsley, to make a flavorful salad, before serving it with salad leaves. This simple idea makes a really flavorful lunch or appetizer, and you will love how quick and easy it is to put together. Imitation crab has a very similar flavor to the real thing, but it is a fraction of the price. Anyone on a budget should give recipes using imitation crab a try, because this ingredient is versatile and has a lovely flavor. Continue reading

This is a great cold crab salad that you can quickly toss together. Let it chill and before you know it you have a great recipe that can be served anytime. This colorful crab salad can be made with either real crab or imitation crab. While they will taste slightly different depending on your choice, both versions are very good. Fresh crab is delightful in season; if you want this salad on a budget, try the imitation version. It tastes great, too.

Serve this delicious cold crab salad as an appetizer in small cups or on lettuce leaves, as a light lunch or as a side dish at dinner. It is perfect for potlucks, picnics and get togethers. This is a wonderful salad to make for a crowd since it is so simple. This versatile crab salad recipe will fast become a favorite. You can toss it together in minutes, and then just let it chill. This frees you up to work on other dishes, get ready for a party, or attend to other details.

All the ingredients are readily available year round, so go ahead and make this refreshing salad for holiday meals, informal gatherings or fancy parties. It is suitable for any situation. If you do not care for bell pepper, you can replace it with a yellow tomato to get the same color combinations. The eye appeal of this salad is enormous. No one will be able to resist trying it when it looks so good. Continue reading

This is a fabulously easy crab salad recipe that makes the most of imitation crab and fresh celery. Both ingredients are cut into pieces of a similar shape and size. This makes a delightful looking, tasty salad. The finely minced onions add more flavor, but are not very visible. The parsley adds little flecks of color and flavor. Together, you get a very simple salad with hardly any effort on your part.

Serve this delicious crab salad recipe in a simple bowl as we did, or you can set it out on a platter heaped on a bed of lettuce leaves. Use red lettuce to make the salad really stand out. This chunky salad is fun to eat; all the kids will love it. Cutting the celery and the imitation crab on the diagonal adds a distinctive look to this salad that makes it very attractive on the table.

This is a great salad that can be made year round. Celery is available all year, as is imitation crab. The red and green colors could also make this a refreshing holiday salad. It will jazz up your holidays with some light seafood dishes instead of lots of heavy, rich dishes. This simple salad can really be made anytime you feel a craving for an easy crab salad recipe. You can also bring this salad to potlucks, family gatherings, or picnics. It is a versatile salad that fits in with almost any menu. Continue reading

This simple shrimp crab salad is so easy anyone can do it. Just mix your seafood and let it marinate in Italian dressing and lemon juice and you will be rewarded with a light, refreshing seafood salad. You can use the tiny bay shrimp or larger shrimp if you prefer. This simple salad can be made ahead of time so you can have time to prepare other dishes for your meal. Let the salad take care of itself.

Serve this delicious crab salad recipe as an appetizer or side dish. It could also be a main dish for lunch if you served it with some fresh greens or bread. Garnish it with slices of cucumber and lemon, cherry tomatoes and fresh lettuce leaves for a lovely presentation. This salad definitely makes the most of your seafood. Let it marinate and soak up some of the Italian dressing seasonings. Spoon it out using a slotted spoon so the extra liquid remains in the dish instead of on your plate. It is really delicious.

This salad makes the most of your seafood ingredients, yet you do not need to worry about buying a lot of seafood unless you are feeding a lot of people. The sweetness of the crab and shrimp come through the seasonings nicely. This is a wonderful seafood salad for anyone who does not care for heavy dressings or who really wants to enjoy the fresh flavor of the seafood without a lot of distractions. Continue reading

This is a deliciously simple recipe to make if you like crab salad or imitation crab salad. In this fruity pasta salad with crab meat recipe, the sweet flavors of kiwi, mandarin orange, and pineapple are blended with mayonnaise, mustard, almonds, cider vinegar and more for a hearty and satisfying crab salad recipe. Feel free to use fresh fruit for all the fruit ingredients, but canned pineapple and mandarin orange segments work fine.

The slivered almonds should be added at the last minute so they do not get soggy in the crab salad. If you toast them just before you serve this crab salad recipe, the slivered almonds will still be warm, which tastes delicious. This is a hearty crab salad recipe, which is bursting with plenty of contrasting flavors. Be prepared to be asked for the recipe for this delicious salad. This is a great dish for parties, barbecues, or potlucks.

Serve this salad as an appetizer if you wish by putting spoonfuls in lettuce leaves or by filling small dishes with individual portions. You can also use it as a light, refreshing meal or serve it as a side dish. This colorful salad looks great wherever you serve it. Highlight it by presenting it on a bed of fresh lettuce leaves or by turning it out onto a pretty platter. This is a beautiful salad to make for any occasion. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra


Hi, my name is Christine. I am happy you are visiting today. Food is very important to everyone, and in this family we love to eat all kinds of dishes from meat and chicken to international cuisine, crockpot creations and more. Seafood is something we also love, and I love the fact it is nutritious as well as very tasty.


Everyone knows 'the big three' which are cod, tuna and salmon, but sometimes it is fun to try different types of fish, such as perch, trout, monkfish, or even shellfish like mussels or clams. There are seafood recipes for every season and occasion, those served chilled for a refreshing burst of flavor, and those served hot in stew or soup form.


Choose from crispy fried fish, tender pan-fried or poached cuts, or what about a seafood medley boasting the most wonderful flavors of the sea, lake or river? Seafood can be served as part of a salad or savory dish, or it can be served as an appetizer or snack. Bacon-wrapped scallops, anyone? You will find a comprehensive collection of wonderful seafood recipes right here, for your inspiration and enjoyment.


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Christine