Seafood Pasta Salad

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  • A light and refreshing Seafood Pasta Salad recipe for a lunch you can enjoy all week or side dish for get togethers!

    easy pasta salad

    You may recall that I myself don’t eat seafood, but everyone I know and love favors it, so I enlisted the help of friends and family to perfect this Seafood Pasta Salad recipe and do all the taste testing.

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    The idea for this recipe stemmed from my ever popular White Wine Sauce. It’s light, low in calories and the perfect bed for shrimp or scallops. I adapted it to make a cold pasta salad to enjoy during the spring and summer months where it seems get togethers are never in a shortage. I like to take an easy, standout dish that looks as pretty as it tastes.seafood pasta salad with olive oil

    This Seafood Pasta Salad is not only easy to make, but easy to tote for those get togethers and beach picnics.

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    What Kind of Crab Meat Should I Use for Seafood Pasta Salad?

    I wanted to make this Seafood Pasta Salad with real crab meat. I am always a little leery given we live smack dab in the middle of the US and it’s not always easily accessible. I’m not in favor of imitation crab or imitation anything, but you can substitute it if you wish.

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    A friend of mine gave me a great tip – purchase lump crab meat in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, usually located near fresh seafood. She said she eats it straight out of the can. I’m going to trust her on this one!

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    I sent this pasta salad home with my sister and nephews who all enjoyed it.

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    Add a Little Spice to Your Seafood Pasta Salad

    If you’d like, you can even spice this pasta salad up with Old Bay.

    The Best Seafood Pasta Salad Recipe:

    Seafood Pasta Salad

    A light and refreshing Seafood Pasta Salad recipe for a lunch you can enjoy all week or side dish for get togethers!
    Course Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Keyword 4th of July, crab, dairy free, easy recipe, light, memorial day, mothers day, pasta salad, seafood, shrimp, summer, vegetarian
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Refrigerate 2 hours
    Total Time 20 minutes
    Servings 16
    Calories 198 kcal
    Author Julie Blanner

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb pasta
    • 1/4 c olive oil
    • 5 Tbsp butter melted
    • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper {or to taste}
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp ground pepper fresh cracked to taste
    • 1/2 c white wine {can use cooking wine}
    • 2 c shrimp
    • 6 oz lump crab meat
    • 1 c fresh grated parmesan
    • parsley or chives to garnish

    Instructions

    1. Prepare noodles according to instructions on the box. Drain and rinse in cold water. Set aside.
    2. In a jar, combine olive oil, butter, red pepper, salt, pepper and white wine. Shake well.
    3. Toss with pasta, shrimp, crab meat and parmesan.
    4. Garnish with chives or parsley and red pepper flakes for a little more kick.
    5. Refrigerate 2+ hours before serving to allow it to marinate.

    Recipe Notes

    Purchase lump crab meat in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, usually located near fresh seafood. 

    Optional:

    Can substitute imitation crab.

    Spice it up with Old Bay seasoning.

    Nutrition Facts
    Seafood Pasta Salad
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 198 Calories from Fat 63
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 7g 11%
    Saturated Fat 2g 10%
    Cholesterol 54mg 18%
    Sodium 393mg 16%
    Potassium 103mg 3%
    Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
    Protein 8g 16%
    Vitamin A 2.6%
    Vitamin C 1.7%
    Calcium 3.6%
    Iron 4.5%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    You can find all of my favorite pasta salad recipes here.

    Enjoy!

    entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

     

     

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