Seafood Pasta Salad {Imitation Crab}

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If you're fishing for an easy seafood pasta salad, this salad made with gluten-free shell pasta, imitation crab meat, Colby cheese, water chestnuts, peas, black olives, and everyday spices makes a great side dish or a light main-dish meal perfect for summertime eating!

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Gluten FreeQuick & Easy
Servings:  8
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time :20 minutes
Cook Time :10 minutes
Total Time :30 minutes
Course : Dinner, Lunch, Supper
Cuisine : American
Calories 352
Fat 22.2
Carbohydrates 27.3
Protein 10.9

Satisfying Seafood Pasta Salad made with Imitation Crab

An easy no-cook seafood pasta salad recipe, perfect for summer when the temperatures rise, and you don’t want to slave over a hot stove.

If you’re like me, during summer, I find myself wanting to spend way less time in the kitchen. Because busy days of outdoor activities, swimming at the lake, local splash pad, or in the pool call for something quick and easy when you’re hot and too tired to cook.

When it comes to light dishes for hot summer nights, there’s nothing better than a salad to make eating healthy delicious.

One of our favorite hot day meal salads is Seafood Pasta Salad, made with imitation crab. When made with imitation crab, it’s very inexpensive! And it’s an ideal whole-meal in a salad dish, where you can easily swap out the imitation crab for lump crab meat if you can afford the real deal.

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I make this Seafood Pasta Salad a lot every summer. It's perfect for picnics and potlucks too!

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Seafood Pasta Salad {Imitation Crab}

Kymberley @GFreeDeliciously
If you're fishing for an easy seafood pasta salad, this salad made with gluten-free shell pasta, imitation crab meat, Colby cheese, water chestnuts, peas, black olives, and everyday spices makes a great side dish or a light main-dish meal perfect for summertime eating!
5 from 1 vote
Gluten FreeQuick & Easy
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Supper
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 352 kcal


  • Large pot or saucepan
  • Colander
  • Cutting Board
  • Cook's knife
  • Utensils (Whisk, Large Spoon, Measuring Cups and Spoons)



Cook pasta in large pot or saucepan using the package directions as a guideline.

  • Most kinds of pasta cook in 8 to 12 minutes. Cook until it is tender and firm but no longer crunchy - al-dente' (ahl-DEN-Tay). Drain the pasta, then rinse in cold water to bring the temperature down quickly, stopping the cooking process and keeping the noodles loose for the salad. Once cooled, transfer the cooled pasta to a colander or mesh strainer, shake to remove excess water. Set aside.

Prep the Ingredients

  • Drain the water chestnuts, then slice or chop into small pieces.
  • Cut the Colby cheese into approximately 1/4-inch cubes.
  • Drain and slice the Imitation Crab legs into bite-size 1/2-inch chunks.
  • If using whole black olives, slice them into 1/8-inch slices.

To Assemble the Salad

  • Add the drained and cooled pasta to a large mixing bowl, then add the water chestnuts, black olives, peas, cheese, and Imitation Crab.
  • Add the mayonnaise and sprinkle the seasonings over the top of all the ingredients.
  • Using the back of a large spoon, lightly spread the mayonnaise, seasoning and spices over the ingredients, then gently fold the mayonnaise and spice mixture into the pasta until evenly blended.
  • Cover and place into the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes to allow for the flavors to blend. Stir gently before serving. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

G-Free Quick Tip: Nearly everyone knows and loves Lawry's ® Seasoned Salt, the famous seasoning blend with endless uses.
At G-Free Deliciously, we've made a gluten-free copycat version that tastes just like you remember it, at a fraction of the supermarket price. To make it, check out the recipe for Gluten-Free Seasoned Salt {Lawry's ® Seasoned Salt – Copycat Recipe}.


Calories: 352kcalCarbohydrates: 27.3gProtein: 10.9gFat: 22.2gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9.7gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.8gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 488.4mgPotassium: 161mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 3.9gVitamin A: 75.4IUVitamin C: 4.7mgCalcium: 140.2mgIron: 1.8mg
Keyword pasta, quick and easy, salad, summer
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