Many years ago I found a recipe for shrimp pasta salad in one of my cooking magazines. It looked and sounded good for a lighter summer meal. So I went looking through my freezer for shrimp which I could have sworn I had some on hand. Of course there were none, the only "seafood" I could find was imitation crab meat that I had bought in case I ever came across a recipe that would use it.
I figured I might as well try to use it in this salad and needless to say, it's been years. I've never made the original with shrimp since we've been in love with this salad ever since the first time I made it. Many times this is my go-to salad on a busy day since I can make it early in the morning and just let it hang out in the fridge till dinner time. I serve this often as a main dish with just a crusty loaf of bread and fruit (like watermelon) on the side.
The salad has a wonderful flavor combination brought on by the sweetness of the peas and the imitation crab. It also has a little bit of crunch from the green onions and a wonderful tart, creamy dressing that is enhanced with lemon juice and dill.
This salad is a great salad for those hot, busy days, I hope you give it a try!
Almost Crab Salad
1 pound small pasta shells, cooked and drained
1 pound imitation crab meat
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) frozen peas
3/4 cup green onions, finely sliced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced
3/4 cup (6 ounces) plain yogurt*
1/2 cup sour cream*
1 cup mayonnaise*
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh dill, minced
Salt and Pepper to taste
* Low-fat yogurt, sour cream and mayo can be used with equally good results
In a large bowl, combine the pasta, imitation crab, peas, onions, parsley, and chives.
In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Pour over pasta mixture and toss gently. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.