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Easy and Simple Crab Salad Appetizer Snack

This crab salad recipe is the easiest and it tastes good too. It’s a rich, savory, and great appetizer to snack on for summer, game day, or the holidays and makes an easy lunch too!

a crab salad in a bowl with crackers in it and a white plate with crackers and salad on them.

During the summer, with hotter weather, light meals are usually what is on the menu. A simple easy crab salad like this one is a great alternative for a special occasion. You can make it ahead of time to allow the flavors to blend together. Then you mix it right before it is time to serve. 

This crab salad is low in calories but filled with protein (if you are using real lump crab meat, which you should). Pair fresh lump crab meat with a yummy dressing and you’ll get a real crowd-pleaser.  

If you’re looking for new versatile recipes this summer besides the popular chicken salad, then this crab salad recipe is perfect. 

The best way to enjoy the crab meat salad is to serve it on top of crackers or over a bed of salad greens, or in crab salad sandwiches. You can make this as a crab dip for crackers or spoon it into endive spears, Belgian endives, avocado halves, lettuce cups, or mini sweet bell pepper halves. 

This easy recipe makes a super good light lunch meal that I like to put together in the summer and serve as a complete meal. But it’s not only for the hot days. It also makes a great side dish, a fancy appetizer for the holiday season, after pool snack, and is perfect for movie night or a simple light meal. 

You can have this low-carb fresh seafood salad to snack on while watching a big game. It’s a great way to get protein in your diet whilst enjoying more seafood.

Key Ingredients

butter crackers, crab meat, salt, chopped scallions, chopped celery, mayonnaise, half a lemon, fresh chopped dill all. in individual containers on white background.

Fresh crab meat: It’s light and salty. The best flavor comes from fresh jumbo lump crab meat, which you can find in the seafood department of the grocery store.

Scallions: These are similar to green onions and have a sweet and mild onion taste. They’re great in these kinds of salads.

Celery:  Adds a crunchy texture, herbal aroma, and slightly sweet, earthy, and mild flavor.

Fresh dill: Adds great aroma and flavor and it’s one of the best fresh herbs to use in a salad!

Fresh Lemon juice and mayonnaise combine to make a simple dressing.

Salt: A little salt is good for flavor. 

Crackers: To serve with. You can choose any kind of top crackers you like.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to Make a Simple Crab Salad

Step 1: Combine key ingredients

In a large bowl, gently combine all ingredients except the lemon juice, mayonnaise, and salt.

ingredients of a crab salad snack in a white bowl with blue stripes with a spoon.

Step 2: Make the creamy dressing 

In a separate bowl, mix the fresh lemon juice, salt, and mayonnaise then combine the creamy dressing with the salad ingredients. 

a white bowl with blue stripes with a mixed crab salad and a spoon in it.

Step 3: Serve and enjoy 

Serve immediately with crackers.

crab salad appetizer in a bowl on a plate with salad on crackers with dill on top.

How to store leftover crab salad 

  • If you have leftovers, place them into an airtight container or small bowl and cover them with plastic wrap (cling film), then place them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 
  • Freezing is not recommended for this recipe since it has mayonnaise. 

Expert Tips 

  •  If you know a trusted fishmonger, I recommend getting your fresh lump crab meat from them. High-quality crab is not hard to find and it sure is rewarding to enjoy.
  • You can make this using imitation crab as it is available year-round. Imitation crab is made of mild white fish, which is blended with other ingredients so that it looks and tastes similar to real crab meat.  
  • Use low-fat mayonnaise or any mayonnaise of your choice. 
  • When it comes to dill, a little bit goes a long way so don’t use a lot. 

Recipe FAQs

What to serve with crab salad?

This crab salad snack can be paired with a quick and easy appetizer like a crostini or an avocado spread. If you’d like to enjoy it with a main dish, then a Roasted Cauliflower Steak with Pesto Sauce makes a perfect pair. You can also serve them with hoagie rolls, Hawaiian rolls, or any rolls you prefer. 

How do you make crab salad with imitation crab meat?

To make this imitation crab salad snack with imitation crabmeat, chop up the imitation crab and add it to the rest of the ingredients. Imitation crab meat should be your second-best choice really, as per recommendations by some of the best chefs.

What is the best dressing for crab salad?

This crab salad has a very light dressing that’s easy to mix up. Lemon juice, homemade mayonnaise, and salt. Combine to make a simple yet creamy dressing. Its tangy flavor perfectly complements the ingredients in this fresh salad.

a crab salad in a bowl with crackers in it and a white plate with crackers and salad on them.

Other great crab salads recipes to try out:

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snack of crab salad in a brown bowl and more crackers on a white plate with small amounts of crab salad on the crackers.

Easy and Simple Crab Salad Appetizer Snack

This crab salad recipe is the easiest. Tastes good too. It’s a great appetizer or to snack on for movie night.
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish, Snack, Starters and Sides
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Dairy Free, Nut Free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov



  • 1 lb crab meat, chopped
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 stem dill, chopped
  • salt
  • crackers, any that you like
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise


  • Combine all ingredients together.
    1 lb crab meat,, 1 scallion,, 2 stalks celery,, 1 stem dill,, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
    ingredients of a crab salad snack in a white bowl with blue stripes with a spoon.
  • Add salt to taste.
    a white bowl with blue stripes with a mixed crab salad and a spoon in it.
  • Serve immediately with crackers.
    a white plate with crackers and crab salad on them with a bowl of more crab salad snack and crackers and a lemon wedge in it.


  • If you can’t find fresh crab meat, you can use the imitation one, keep in mine the taste is different. 
  • Add more Mayonnaise for a creamer salad, and if not serving with crackers. 
  • Use GF crackers for a gluten free version. 


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 1009mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This got me out of my usual spinach dip rut. It is so fresh! I had it inside of a croissant and it was such a fulfilling meal.