I love easy pasta salad recipes, and apparently so do a lot of my subscribers. I have been getting a ton of recipe request for easy macaroni salad recipes. Although I have a couple macaroni salad recipes uploaded, such as my creamy macaroni salad, and my summer pasta salad – I still decided to upload a new and very simple macaroni salad recipe. This time I’m making Seafood Macaroni Salad!
For my seafood macaroni salad I use large elbow macaroni pasta, and I add lots of shrimp and crab. I actually use imitation crab meat for this easy pasta salad for several reasons. The first reason is because it’s less expensive than regular crab. The second reason is because I LOVE imitation crab. If you’d like to use real crab meat, you can.
Other than the seafood mentioned, I also use a combination of celery, onion, and sliced black olives. The dressing for this salad is a combination of mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, and seasonings. I like a lot of dressing in my salad, but if you don’t you can use less!
Once everything is done, I usually cover up my seafood macaroni pasta salad, and place it in the refrigerator until it’s nice and cold. If you can, try making this pasta salad a day before. That way the flavors can marry each other overnight. The outcome is amazing!
Check out my video tutorial for this easy Seafood Macaroni Salad!
This is a great pasta salad to have during the summer because it's cold, fresh and refreshing. The seafood is a great flavor component that's light and easy to digest.
- 3 cups dry elbow macaroni pasta large or small will work
- 1 lb cooked shrimp shells removed
- 1 lb imitation crab meat
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion
- 1/2 cup sliced black olives
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/3 cup diced celery
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 tsp cajun seasoning
- 1 tsp old bay seasoning
- 1 tbsp parsley flakes
- 1 tsp salt for boiling the pasta
Boil the pasta in lightly salted water( boil in a medium sized pot, with 1 tsp of salt), until it's al dente.
Drain the pasta once done, and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process.
In a large bowl combine the mayonnaise, mustard, and lemon juice. Mix until well combined.
Now sprinkle in the cajun seasoning, and old bay seasoning. Mix well.
Add in the minced garlic.
Add in the seafood, and toss or stir in the bowl until it's covered with the dressing.
Add in the onions, celery, and olives.
Next add in the elbow macaroni pasta, and fold all of the ingredients.
Sprinkle in the dried parsley flakes and fold the ingredients.
Cover the pasta, and refrigerate until it's nice and cold.
Serve and enjoy!