Seafood salad

Seafood salad

A creamy salad made with crab-flavoured seafood and mixed vegetables

This is a tale of two sisters. One sister has, for years, been bringing this seafood salad to every family gathering, holiday celebration and casual potluck. It is her signature dish. “What shall I bring?” she asks, and the answer is usually “Oh, why don’t you bring your delicious seafood salad?”. She agrees and everyone is happy, even the second sister. Sister #2 anticipates this amazing salad while she is busy making a moussaka or galaktoboureko as her contribution; a little tired and maybe frazzled, she is excited to know that there will be seafood salad on the table.

Meal contributions among friends and family are always so lovely, and it’s great to share the work. Makes everything equitable, don’t you think? At least, that’s what sister #2 thought, up until this post.

This seafood salad is perhaps the easiest thing you can make for any occasion. There is barely any chopping, no baking or cooking, and the skills required don’t extend beyond mixing. The hardest part about making this recipe may be ensuring that sister #1 doesn’t make it first.

Seafood salad

Helpful hints

Another potential challenge may be finding one of the 4 ingredients (5 if you count pepper), namely the crab-flavoured seafood. This is usually pollack or whiting, or a combination of the two, fully cooked and made to resemble crab meat. Although we’re saying that it may be hard to find, if you live in a place with a well stocked grocery store, chances of you finding it are pretty good.

If you have a lot of money and want to make this seafood salad using real crab meat…don’t. We don’t know how it would actually turn out and it would be a shame to not make something spectacular with so much crab meat! So, buy the much less expensive crab-flavoured seafood, make this salad, and donate some money to a good cause.

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Seafood salad

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Seafood salad
Seafood salad
Seafood salad

Seafood salad

A creamy mayonnaise-based salad made with crab-flavoured seafood and vegetables.
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Mia Kouppa

Ingredients

  • 900 grams Crab-flavoured seafood about 6 cups worth
  • 3 1/2 cups Frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, carrots) thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Defrost the frozen vegetables by spreading them out on a dish or baking tray. Allow them to sit at room temperature for 10 - 15 minutes; they do not have to completely defrost. Do NOT run water over them.
  • Chop the seafood into small pieces, and place into a large bowl.
  • In the bowl with the seafood add the vegetables and the mayonnaise and mix to combine. If you like it a little creamier, feel free to add a little more mayonnaise.
  • Add the Dijon mustard and pepper, and stir to combine.
  • Refridgerate until ready to use.
  • Enjoy.

Notes

We find that this salad is best enjoyed a few hours, after it's made.  This gives the vegetables ample time to thaw out and for the flavours to combine nicely.

6 thoughts on “Seafood salad

  1. I’m excited to try this (I love imitation crab meat). I’m just not a crazy fan of dijon. I bought some anyway, but how potent is 1Tbs in this size of a batch? Could I reduce it or would that mess it up?

    1. Hi Nicki! We’re so glad you’re going to try this recipe, it’s always such a big hit. Honestly, the Dijon mustard flavour is not over powering at all. Still, if you really don’t enjoy it, you can always add only half the amount, taste, and then see if you can tolerate more 🙂 Alternatively, you can just skip it! The salad will still be delicious, because the imitation crab meat (which we also love!) is the star 🙂

  2. I like this with some chopped up fresh carrots, celery and green onion in place of the frozen veg. And go easy on the mayo.

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