Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood salad is something that I love.  It’s one of my favorite things to buy at the store, but I don’t do it often because it’s what I consider a luxury item.  I have been making crab salad at home for years, so I decided to try my hand at making a copycat of the seafood salad that’s available in the deli at my local grocer.  Making simple seafood salad is, as the name implies, very simple, and I get much more for less money by making it myself.

I’ve received several complaints from my friends regarding the need to measure the chopped celery and onions in my earlier crab salad recipe.  As a result, I have changed this recipe so that there is no measuring of the vegetables required.  Honestly, it won’t hurt if there’s a little more, or a little less, celery and green onions.   The important thing is not to overdo it with the Old Bay seasoning.  It can make things too salty, but if you like salty, feel free to use more than is listed in the recipe below.  (I have, on occasion, used an entire teaspoon–that’s a measuring teaspoon, not the ones you use at the table to stir your tea.)

I decided to make this simple seafood salad because Baker’s Man loves shellfish.  He would eat it every day if he could, and since this salad is made from shell fish, he loves this recipe.  I try to make sure that he is happy with our dinners, especially when it’s so hot I don’t want to turn on the stove.  You know what they say, right?  Happy Spouse = Happy House.  I want a happy household, and serving seafood makes him happy.  Sue Chef also really enjoyed the simple seafood salad, and at times, she can be as picky as Food Critic.  Her approval means that this recipe will go into regular rotation around here.  (Especially when it’s over 100 degrees, like it is today, and I have no desire to turn on the stove.)

This Simple Seafood Salad will also make appearances on our table during the holidays when I like to serve an appetizer spread.Seafood Salad

What will you need to make this recipe?

From the Pantry:

  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • black olives

From the Refrigerator:

  • surimi (imitation crab)
  • celery
  • green onions
  • cheese
  • mayonnaise

From the Freezer:

  • small salad shrimp (300-500/pound)

This recipe makes about 4 1/2  cups of seafood salad.  My cost was a little higher than usual because I didn’t have any shrimp in the house and ran to the closest store to buy some.   The cost below indicates this.  Usually, I stock up when shrimp is on sale and load it into my freezer.

In addition to being easy to prepare, this seafood salad is incredibly versatile.  It can be served in a variety of different ways.

  • Place a serving of this simple seafood salad on top of your favorite green salad along with some hard boiled eggs for a hearty lunch or dinner.
  • Use it as a filling in a sandwich–we like it on potato rolls topped with lettuce and tomato slices.  This makes a great summer supper when served with some fresh fruit on the side.
  • Serve the salad on a tray, surrounded with buttery crackers.  This can be a light lunch, a snack, or an appetizer.

All of these possibilities mean that I could make simple seafood salad every week and serve it in a different way.  However you choose to serve this salad, it’s soon to become a family favorite (unless, of course, you don’t like, or eat,  shrimp or crab).

Give our recipe for Simple Seafood Salad a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Simple Seafood Salad
Recipe type: Cold Entree or Appetizer
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
This recipe is easy to prepare, and tastes just like the expensive seafood salad that 's sold in the deli section of your local grocery store. The total cost of the recipe is $6.92 or about $1.16 for a ¾ cup serving.
  • 1 cup shredded surimi (imitation crab) ($1.50)
  • 1 cup small bay, or salad, shrimp (300-500/pound) ($3.89)
  • 1 stalk of celery ($0.10)
  • 3 green onions ($0.17)
  • ⅓ cup of cheddar cheese (mild, medium, or sharp) cut into small pieces ($0.64)
  • 4 black olives, sliced ($0.08)
  • ½ teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning (or to taste) ($0.05)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise ($0.49)
  1. Separate chunks of surimi into small bite sized pieces. I do this with well washed hands.
  2. Place prepared surimi into a medium sized bowl.
  3. Add shrimp to bowl. If you are using frozen shrimp, place them in a plastic bag and allow them to thaw by immersing the bag in cold water while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Finely dice the celery, green onion, and the cheese.
  5. Add celery, green onions, and cheese to bowl with surimi.
  6. Thinly slice the olives and add to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Sprinkle the top with Old Bay seasoning.
  8. Add thawed shrimp to the bowl if you didn't already.
  9. Add mayonnaise.
  10. Mix well to combine, making sure that all ingredients are evenly distributed
  11. Serve atop a bed of greens for a salad; use as a filling for sandwiches, or with buttery flavored crackers.

Seafood Salad--This simple recipe is delicious and costs only $6.92 for the entire recipe which serves 6. That's only about $1.16 per serving.Nutrition information is for 1/6th of the recipe prepared according to the recipe above or about 3/4 cup of simple seafood salad.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 216
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16.6g
Saturated Fat 6.6g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 46mg
Sodium 459mg
Total Carbohydrates 7.4g
Dietary Fiber 0.3g
Sugars 2g
Protein 9.6g
Vitamin D 9%
Potassium 1%
Calcium 17%
Iron 1%

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4 thoughts on “Simple Seafood Salad

  1. It’s been years since I’ve heard the brand name Old Bay. Have any idea what’s in it? Where can you buy it? Hey, I’m coining a phrase. When it gets so hot that you don’t wanna cook, then it ” a hunnerd ‘n’ hot.” It doesn’t matter what the actual temperature is.

    1. Hunnerd ‘n’ hot–I like it. As for Old Bay, it’s available in the spice aisle of most grocery stores. (Sometimes, it’s by the seafood counter.) Ask someone in the store to help you find it. The label says it contains “CELERY SALT (SALT, CELERY SEED), SPICES (INCLUDING RED PEPPER AND BLACK PEPPER) AND PAPRIKA.” Who knows what the other “SPICES” are? There are several recipes on-line, but I haven’t tried any of them, so I can’t recommend which one is the best. Old Bay is also a required ingredient in my shrimp boil foil packet which is another good hot weather recipe that you should definitely try. It’s one of Baker’s Man’s favorites.

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