Crab Salad with Cucumber and Tomato Recipe

Let me start out by saying that store-bought crab salad can’t touch this. I am not a fan of deli-made crab salads with those giant chunks of celery and barely any crab. They are a no-go. After you’ve tried this homemade version, there’s no going back. It’s also super easy to make!

My friend Lyuda who is well known for her recipe: Shrimp and Mushrooms in a Garlic Bisque Sauce, shared this wonderful crab salad recipe with me. She invited us for dinner and served this up. We loved it!

It’s different from our first crab salad recipe in that it has more fresh ingredients. The flavor is wonderful. Surprisingly it tastes great the next day too. I was worried about the cucumber and tomatoes getting weird, but they didn’t. They stayed nice and crisp after refrigeration.

Ingredients for Crab Salad:

l lb (16 oz) package of Imitation crab meat, chopped/shredded up into small pieces
1 English One long cucumber, diced small
2 medium tomatoes, diced and drained of any excess juice
1/4 cup chopped Green onions, fresh or frozen
3 cloves of garlic, pressed
1/2 cup mayo, or to taste (I’m keeping it healthier with a a vegenaise)

Crab Salad

How to Make Crab Salad:

1. Chop/shred crab into small pieces. You can chop with a knife or use a food processor and pulse in batches. Try to shred it apart a little for better coating with the dressing. P.S. Imitation crab meat is made of white fish.

I’ve loved this stuff since I was a kid and I can’t get over it (don’t judge me). I’d always ask my parents to buy it when we went grocery shopping together.

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2. Chop 2 medium tomatoes and drained them of any excess juice. It wouldn’t be a bad plan to seed them to keep the salad from getting too juicy the next day. Make small dice out of the cucumber. In a large bowl , combine chopped tomatoes, diced cucumbers, shredded crab and 1/4 cup diced green onion.

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3. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup mayo and 3 pressed cloves of garlic. Add the dressing to the crab salad to taste. You can add more mayo if you like a juicier salad. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

crab-saladThe flavor of this Crab Salad with Cucumber and Tomato is wonderful. Surprisingly it stays crisp and tastes great the next day too.The flavor of this Crab Salad with Cucumber and Tomato is wonderful. Surprisingly it stays crisp and tastes great the next day too.

Crab Salad with Cucumber and Tomato Recipe

4.7 from 17 reviews
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $6-$8
Serving: 6-8

Ingredients

  • l lb (16 oz) package of Imitation crab meat, chopped/shredded up into small pieces
  • 1 English One long cucumber, diced small
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced and drained of any excess juice
  • ¼ cup chopped Green onions, fresh or frozen
  • 3 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • ½ cup mayo, or to taste (I'm keeping it healthier with a a vegenaise)

Instructions

  1. Chop/shred crab into small pieces. You can chop with a knife or use a food processor and pulse in batches. Try to shred it apart a little for better coating with the dressing. P.S. Imitation crab meat is made of white fish. I've loved this stuff since I was a kid and I can't get over it (don't judge me). I'd always ask my parents to buy it when we went grocery shopping together.
  2. Chop 2 medium tomatoes and drained them of any excess juice. It wouldn't be a bad plan to seed them to keep the salad from getting too juicy the next day. Make small dice out of the cucumber. In a large bowl , combine chopped tomatoes, diced cucumbers, shredded crab and ¼ cup diced green onion.
  3. In a small bowl, combine ½ cup mayo and 3 pressed cloves of garlic. Add the dressing to the crab salad to taste. You can add more mayo if you like a juicier salad. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Let me know how much you like it! 🙂

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  • August 8, 2017

    I made this on 8 Aug 2017, and I will say nothing short of perfect, you can easily adjust the ingredients to what you have. I used more that the crab stated, probably less cucumber, maybe more tomato, and more mayo, very forgiving dish. This is my 3rd dish I have made from Natasha, all three, spot on! Thank you for the excellent recipe! 5 stars easy! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 8, 2017

      You’re welcome Lee! I’m glad you love it so much! Thanks for following and sharing excellent review! 😀 Reply

  • July 30, 2017

    I too like imitation crab, it just fish, and no need to pick a crab, always a bonus. I will be making this soon. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 31, 2017

      Please let me know what you think of the recipe Lee! Reply

  • Kei
    May 24, 2017

    I have made this a few times since I stumbled on this recipe… maybe a couple years ago. It is JUST SO EASY. The only time it was compromised was when I bought a batch of bitter cucumbers (a sad day indeed) Thank you for an amazing recipe with easy-to-find ingredients (here in S Korea!) Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 24, 2017

      I’m so happy to hear you find the recipe easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Tatiana
    January 14, 2017

    What about eggs? What do you think if I will add some hard boiled eggs? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 14, 2017

      I personally prefer this version of crab salad without eggs because of the tomatoes and cucumber in the recipe, but you could add it if you wish. My original crab salad does have eggs in it and they do work really well in that recipe. Reply

  • Wanda
    November 14, 2016

    This looks so good and I’m going to try making it with real crab, since I’m gluten intolerant and most imitation crab has gluten in it. They make a paste to hold the fish together. Have you ever tried it with real crab? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 14, 2016

      Hi Wanda, I haven’t tried real crab for this one and I really had no idea artificial crab has gluten in it!! I’ll have to share that with my sister who is also gluten intolerant. Thank you! Reply

  • Shannon Chapman
    August 24, 2016

    This is the crab salad i have wanted all my life. SO GOOD. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 24, 2016

      Shannon, that’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

  • Tina
    May 27, 2016

    I love this salad, its one that i always make when i have guests. I typically put two sticks of chopped celery and fresh dill in my crab salad. You should try it, its super good! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 27, 2016

      Mmm that does sound really really good! Thank you for sharing your tips! 🙂 Reply

  • Brenda
    May 11, 2016

    So so good! I made it and ate it with Triscuit dill and sea salt and olive oil crackers which added tonthe already delicious salad. It’s going to make a great lunch! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 12, 2016

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it! It sounds wonderful the way you ate it! 🙂 Reply

  • Natalya Y
    April 5, 2016

    This salad is soo yummy and so simple to make!! This is the Best Crab Salad!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 6, 2016

      I’m so happy you loved it! Thank you for sharing your great review! 🙂 Reply

  • March 3, 2016

    Great shrimp salad, looking for recipe of tomatoe,cucmber, and avocado salad. Reply

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