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Yummy Crab Macaroni Salad Recipe aboard Take Me There

Hi All! Yes, we’re talking about food again today. And today it’s all about our yummy crab macaroni salad recipe that we often serve at lunchtime aboard Take Me There full-day charters.

I love this salad for several reasons:

1. It’s easy to make this yummy crab macaroni salad

2. It is inexpensive and helps save money on the grocery bill

3. Our guests rave about this yummy crab macaroni salad and so I never worry about throwing any away

4. My grandmother and I used to make this together and so it brings back wonderful memories of grandma and me shopping and cooking together

5. Depending on the size of your crowd, you can easily cut down or increase the amount of pasta you cook and put into this yummy crab macaroni salad and that gives you a lot of flexibility with the amount of salad you make with this recipe.

Once again I am making a recipe that you can tailor to your likes or dislikes. If you have people who don’t like onion, leave it out. If you have people who especially like Old Bay seasoning, put a few more dashes in the bowl. Personalize this salad to meet your needs!


  • Santa Barbara Bay Crab Salad
  • 4 stalks of diced celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion (I left the onion out this time because I have folks who do not eat raw onion)
  • 1 16-oz box of large sea shell pasta
  • 1 12-oz bag of frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • About 1.5 cups of mayonnaise


Boil a pot of water for your pasta. As I mentioned earlier, you can use as much or as little pasta as you want for this recipe and it will enable you to increase or decrease the amount of yummy crab salad that you have for everyone to enjoy. It keeps well covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so feel free to make a little extra for tomorrow’s meal (But don’t be surprised if there is not much left of this yummy crab macaroni salad). 1 16 oz box of large sea shell pasta mixed with the other ingredients makes a Very large bowl for 15-20 servings.

Once the water boils, put your pasta in the pot with a dash of olive oil until it is just past al-dente. About 8-10 minutes.

While your water and pasta are boiling, you can dice your celery and chop your onions.

diced celery for yummy crab macaroni salad

When your pasta is finished cooking, strain it in a colander. While it is cooling, sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper onto the pasta and mix it up in the colander. I love putting my salt and pepper on the hot noodles because the flavor tends to sink into the noodles.

After straining the noodles, adding salt/pepper, and stirring the noodles, add the bag of frozen peas. This will defrost the peas.

yummy crab macaroni salad pasta and peas

Open your container of Santa Barbara Bay Crab Salad, take a fork and break up the larger chunks of crab before you add it to your mixing bowl. I have had many people stop me at the deli counter when I am picking this up to ask me if this is any good. Of course, I tell them, I love it! At just over $5, I would not buy it as a stand-alone meal to make sandwiches with, but as the main ingredient to my yummy crab macaroni salad, it helps us serve something unique and cost-effective.

santa barbara bay crab salad

Now add your celery and red onion (if you are using onion) to your big mixing bowl. Add your crab salad to the bowl and mix these ingredients together.

Then you can add your pasta and peas to the big mixing bowl.

yummy crab macaroni salad before mayo

Add your 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning to the box and mix everything together.

And last you can gradually add your mayonnaise. It may take up to 1.5 cups or it may take a little more or a little less. Then you can sprinkle a bit of the Old Bay Seasoning on top as your garnish.

yummy crab macaroni salad

VOILA! You have just finished making your first (But certainly not your last) batch of yummy crab macaroni salad. Remember- if you don’t feel like making it yourself, just book a charter aboard Take Me There and request this yummy crab macaroni salad as part of your menu. Just say, “TAKE ME THERE”!