It’s the height of summer and instead of our usual hot, humid weather, we’re having storms. Days and days of storms. This was a problem. While my son is home from college for the summer, I try to have him grill outdoors as much as possible. The benefits of this are twofold; I can do less cooking and I don’t have to heat up the kitchen. With no end in sight from the storms, grilling was curtailed. I needed meals that didn’t require a lot of effort and kept the kitchen cool. I was searching through my recipe collection and found this Crab Pasta Salad recipe. It doesn’t require a lot of effort and can easily be made gluten free. After I made it for the family, I remembered why it was a favorite!
Crab Pasta Salad Recipe
The good thing about this salad is how versatile it is. You can change or leave out different vegetables to create different flavor combinations. Sometimes, if I have cauliflower instead of broccoli, I substitute. I also substitute ingredients in the dressing recipe depending on what is in the fridge. Blue Cheese or Ranch dressing work as well as Creamy Italian.
Here’s a quick Cooking Tip to make the gluten free pasta taste better. Make sure the water is boiling before you add the pasta. If you put the pasta in before the water is boiling it will make the noodles clump. No one wants clumpy noodles!
- 2 cups uncooked medium shell pasta OR gluten free shell pasta
- 1-1/2 cups imitation crabmeat, chopped
- 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
- ½ cup diced green pepper
- ½ cup quartered cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup chopped green onions
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup creamy Italian salad dressing
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta and rinse in cold water. Place pasta in a large bowl. Stir in crab, broccoli, green pepper, tomatoes, and onions.
- To make dressing:
- Combine mayonnaise, Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Pour over salad and gently toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
Do you have a favorite salad that will tempt the kids to eat their veggies? What tricks do you use to get the kids to eat their vegetables?