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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.

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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.

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The 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

4.73 from 18 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Servings: 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
  • 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)

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 1/4 cup diced green onion.
  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.

Let me know how much you like it! 🙂

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  • Amanda
    September 9, 2018

    I made this with a few twists as our family doesn’t really care for mayo. I used everything but the mayo. I added a cap full of lemon juice a bit of dill weed and 2 tablespoons of ranch. I used red onion instead of green and we used it as a salsa with tortilla chips . Delish Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 9, 2018

      That sounds so good! Thank you for sharing that with us, Amanda! Reply

  • Jens Olsen
    July 14, 2018

    Delicious. I have played around with this and found a table spoon of lemon juice and 1/4 tsp of smoked paprika when mixing the mayo is a nice twist. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 15, 2018

      That sounds like a great combo! Thanks for sharing that with us, Jens. Reply

  • 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

  • Becca
    February 29, 2016

    delicious love it! do know the calories for a cup of it?? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 29, 2016

      Hi Becca, I don’t typically include calorie counts, but if you go to caloriecount.com you can plug in the ingredients and servings and figured out pretty easily that way. I hope that helps! Reply

  • Dawn
    September 26, 2015

    I’ve served this two ways. On hot summer days the crab salad is the main course on top of a simple romaine and balsamic vinegar salad (my favorite). Secondly as a crab salad slider – the cold salad only on lightly toasted bun (hubby’s favorite). Thanks for sharing a great recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 27, 2015

      Wow! I love both of those ideas! DELICIOUS!! Reply

  • Sonja
    August 11, 2015

    I love imitation crabmeat as well.I make a recipe similar to this one except I add a bit of lemon juice,chopped black olives,parsley and a dash of basil. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 11, 2015

      Oh yum! Your version sounds wonderful also! Reply

    • Amy
      August 29, 2015

      This looks delicious! I’m planning on making it tonight; do you have any suggestions on what to serve with it? Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        August 29, 2015

        It works well with most rice dishes or mashed potatoes. Reply

  • Catherine
    June 29, 2015

    Going to try it. Looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for posing. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 29, 2015

      Thank you Catherine! 🙂  Reply

  • Traci
    June 29, 2015

    Your recipes look really good. I wish you would put the number of calories with them as a lot of people like to know how many calories they are consuming. Just a thought. Thanks.. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 30, 2015

      I don’t typically put nutritional info, but a great resource is caloriecount.com – it’s free to have an account and you can copy and paste your ingredients into their analyzer. Reply

  • Mick
    June 26, 2015

    I made the crab salad but added some hot seasoning and it is very tasty Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 26, 2015

      Mick, thank you for the great review and for the seasoning tip :). Reply

  • Shelagh
    June 9, 2015

    Just found your site and you have reinvigorated my zest for trying new dishes. I made your Crab Salad tonight, it looks and smells really good! I didn’t read the tip about leaving the tomatoes out if making it the night before, I will know for next time. Thank you for sharing your recipes, there are so many that sound good, I hardly know where to start. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 9, 2015

      Welcome to the site Shelagh :). I hope that you’ll find many new favorites :). Reply

  • Luba
    March 4, 2015

    Do you think the taste might be altered if I make this the night before? I want to make it Saturday night for Sunday lunch? Just wondering if the tomatoes will hold up?
    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 4, 2015

      It might be best to add the tomatoes before serving so the salad doesn’t get too juicy. You can prep and pre-chop all of the ingredients and keep them separate and then just stir everything together with the dressing before serving. Reply

    • Laura
      May 26, 2018

      I’ve made similar fish salads with the same ingredients (only with raw fish instead of imitation crab … it’s a Tongan delicacy called “‘ota”). I always love it the next day and even day after. Try it out with the imitation crab. It might be more delish the next day. Just stir a little before serving. The tomatoes will mix in more with the mayo and create a slightly more acidic taste. I always spritz in a half lemon to this recipe. Never tried with garlic though. Going to give that a go. Reply

  • November 18, 2014

    Just made this salad and it’s delicious. The garlic really makes the salad. I thought the 1/2 cup of mayo wouldn’t be enough but it definitely was. Thank you for this recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 18, 2014

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂 Reply

  • October 18, 2014

    I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this already. I’ve made this recipe at least half a dozen times since I found it first several months ago. It’s one of my favorites and will remain in my recipe book for years to come. I switch it up sometimes and I add kosher pickle in place of some of the cucumber. I also use red onion instead of green onion. And from time to time I add a little seeded chopped jalapeno. GREAT RECIPE! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 18, 2014

      Thank you so much for the great review Rowlanda :). I’m so glad you liked it and the pickle does sound like a good idea. Do you still use tomato with the pickle? Reply

  • Penny
    August 31, 2014

    I had seen another crab salad recipe that was served in jumbo pasta shells but I liked the ingredients in yours better. I made these for a covered dish luncheon at church and there were none left to bring home. Thanks for sharing. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 31, 2014

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂 Reply

  • kellymo
    June 1, 2014

    This is really tasty! Very jealous of your knife skills – mine wasn’t as pretty as yours, but still looked pretty good. Since the audience that meal likes their food highly seasoned, added 1/2 tblsp of seasoned rice vinegar, a scant 1/2 tsp of celery salt, and a scant 1/2 tsp of sriracha. Still had that comforting crab salad appeal, but with the tiniest bit of heat. YUM. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 1, 2014

      Thanks for sharing how you made it. I always love to try new ways of making things. I love the idea of adding sriracha! I love that stuff and never would have thought to put it in. Thanks so much! Reply

  • adrianne
    May 11, 2014

    I don’t care for mayo. Could I substitute yogurt or something. Im Going to try to find veganaise at my local market. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 12, 2014

      I haven’t tested this salad with yogurt. You might try plain greek yogurt or even sour cream, but you’ll probably have to season it up more since mayo gives this salad some nice flavor. I found the Vegenaise at Fred Meyer 🙂 Reply

  • Irina
    May 6, 2014

    This crab salad was good..The combination was perfect. It’s like making a cucumber and tomato salad just with crab meat making it extra special and different. Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 6, 2014

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you liked it 🙂 Reply

  • Jelena
    March 24, 2014

    Hey Natasha!

    I love your recipes.. Russian myself but living in USA, I still cook just like you lots of recipes from home!
    Have ever tried this salad with white rice? My mom always made it with rice, she’s would cool it off and add it up to the ingredients! She always would make it for big holidays.. So none would be left Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2014

      I’ve had crab salad with rice before (and it wasn’t mine, so maybe it was just That specific recipe), but I didn’t dig it, so I never tried making it myself. If you try it witih this recipe, let me know how you like it! Reply

  • March 22, 2014

    Looks really good! I’m gonna try with Shrimp and Crabmeat for this week! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2014

      Oooh nice! That sounds like a good combo but I haven’t tried it before. Let me know how you like it 🙂 Reply

  • teresita
    February 21, 2014

    I make this salad but i have never used tomatoes… one if my favorite Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 21, 2014

      The tomatoes are a nice addition. 🙂 Reply

  • Galya
    January 23, 2014

    Thank you it is very good. Made it and loved it:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 23, 2014

      Thanks for the great review! I’m so happy you loved it 🙂 Reply

  • Lee S.
    December 28, 2013

    Hello, Natasha

    I work at local Austin Meat/Seafood market and was looking for a recipe that was as you said, [a recipe that] “store-bought crab salad can’t touch….”. On that point my idea is to make small batch (2 lbs), with fresh produce, to sell it out of our seafood case.

    If you don’t mind me using your recipe shoot me an email, I think its perfect!

    Let me know,
    Thanks

    Lee. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 28, 2013

      That would be fine 🙂 thanks for asking 🙂 Reply

  • Yelena K
    December 24, 2013

    Just curious what knife brand do you use? I noticed a knife (couldn’t see the brand) in one of pictures and since i’m sure you do a lot of chopping I’d ask. 🙂

    Thanks Reply

      • Yelena K
        December 26, 2013

        I knew it! I had a choice between Henckels and Palm and I ended up going with the Palm brand.. Oh well. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          December 26, 2013

          I haven’t tried the Palm brand. Do you love them? Reply

          • Yelena K
            January 1, 2014

            I Haven’t used them enough to give them a rating especially because I grew up with Cutco knives. But I think one of the paring knives is a little dull :-/

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            January 1, 2014

            How did you like the Cutco?

          • Yelena K
            January 4, 2014

            Cutco knives were pretty good. We’ve had them for over 10 years. Really expensive though.

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            January 5, 2014

            What’s the best place to buy them?

          • Yelena K
            January 8, 2014

            Im really not sure. My cousin used to work for that company as a sales person, thats how we got ours.

      • Irina
        May 2, 2014

        I just bought two Henckels 4″ paring knives and I love them! This size of a knife you can do practically everything with it. Will be ordering more soon! Reply

  • December 12, 2013

    Crab salad is a big hit with our family, especially my brothers and brother in laws:). We make it for every party. I’m pretty sure it’ll be on the menu this Christmas as well. We’ll have to try your version too. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 12, 2013

      I hope you love it if you try it. Most of our family loves crab salad too except my Mom who stays away from shellfish. But I sure do love the stuff! 🙂 Reply

  • Irene
    December 8, 2013

    I made this yesterday along with the Pomegranate cake. It was really good! I’m not a big fan of Crab meat but I didn’t mind it in the salad because the rest of the ingredients balanced it out, and the mayo made it nice and creamy. And my family liked it so it’s definitely a keeper! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 8, 2013

      That’s awesome! I’m so glad you liked it 🙂 Reply

  • Nelya
    December 6, 2013

    Natasha,
    Where did you buy Vegenaise? I think Ive tried every mayo thats organic/non gmo and can’t seem to find one that tastes good. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 6, 2013

      Fred Meyer 🙂 Reply

  • Edyta
    December 4, 2013

    I love your blog, your recipes are wonderful. I’m from Poland and many polish and ukrainian dishes are very similar. Thumbs up! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 4, 2013

      Edyta, thank you for your sweet comment :). I agree, there are many similarities in Polish/Ukrainian dishes. Reply

  • Mira P
    December 3, 2013

    Can I use regular mayonnaise ?? Does vegenaise taste much different ?? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 3, 2013

      Yes! Absolutely! It tastes pretty much the same 🙂 Reply

  • Vera
    December 3, 2013

    I make similar salad with crab and tomatoes but I don’t add cucumbers to it. I read it in a Russian cook book and it’s really good 🙂 I’ll try these version too thank you so much for sharing recipes with us ❤ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 3, 2013

      Was there anything else different in yours? I’ll need to make one of those one of these days; a Russian cookbook 😉 Reply

      • Vera
        December 16, 2013

        yes we also add dill and black pepper 🙂 btw I made this salad today and we loved it 😉 thank you very much. my fiancé kept telling me don’t forget to add this to your recipe book =D Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          December 16, 2013

          Ha! that’s awesome. Congrats on the engagement! 🙂 Reply

  • Anet
    December 2, 2013

    Omg! How funny, today is the first time I bought crab meat (imitation). Was wondering how to make crab salad. You are amazing. It feels like you read my mind. Lol Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 3, 2013

      I’m not a mind reader, but that reminds me of a funny story. I work in telemetry and when I first got my job as an RN my sister (who is my hair stylist) told people that I was in Telepathy (mind reading) instead of telemetry. lol. Reply

      • Anet
        December 3, 2013

        Lol. I love all your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us. Reply

  • December 2, 2013

    Natasha, thanks for sharing this recipe. This looks like a good salad, I want to try this recipe for our coming up family Christmas 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 3, 2013

      I hope you love it!! I’ll be scouring your site and the rest of my foodie favorites in preparation for my upcoming holiday parties 🙂 Reply

  • Natalie
    December 2, 2013

    Do you think I could use a real crab meat in this salad?
    Though I like that fake stuff so much, I still buy these “palochki” for myself to snack on. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 2, 2013

      I think it might work but I haven’t tested it with the real stuff to see the taste difference. If anything, I bet it would taste even better 😉 I can’t get past the imitation crab meat. I just cant stop. oh well. lol Reply

  • December 2, 2013

    Thank you for “enlightened” version of this salad! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 2, 2013

      Anytime 🙂 It does feel lighter on the gut lol. Reply

  • December 2, 2013

    I love your blue bowl! Where did you get it? I’m always on the lookout for food styling props! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 2, 2013

      It’s from Home Goods a.k.a. TJ max 🙂 I bought it at “home goods” on our trip to Sacramento. Reply

  • December 2, 2013

    Mmm, so light and refreshing. My husband calls it “Russian Salad”, although to be fair anything with mayo he calls Russian salad. 🙂 I make mine with canned corn and dill but would love to try this version. Thank you for sharing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 2, 2013

      Oh goodness corn and dill do sound amazing! My other crab salad is made with corn. So true, anything with mayo is Russian salad. What is it with us and mayo? I’m not complaining 😉 Reply

  • Vera
    December 2, 2013

    Just recipe sounds so yummy. Can’t wait to come home from work and make it today. Thanks for sharing. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 2, 2013

      You’re welcome. I hope you love it! 🙂 Reply

  • Julia
    December 2, 2013

    This looks really good, Natasha! I make your other crab salad quite often 🙂 What did your friend serve this with? Does it go as a dinner side salad or more like for lunch with a sandwich? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 2, 2013

      She served it like a dinner side salad, but you could serve it for lunch with a sandwich. She served it with rice and that shrimp and mushrooms in a bisque sauce recipe that I have linked at the top of this post. It was super yummy! 🙂 Reply

  • Tatyana v
    December 2, 2013

    Thanks for posting this recipe! I like crab salads very much so this new version is appreciated… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 2, 2013

      I’m a major fan too! It was my favorite salad growing up 🙂 Reply

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