Seafood Pasta Salad

Seafood Pasta Salad is perfect for summer! Your favorite seafood and tons of fresh veggies are tossed in a zesty dressing with chewy pasta. Easy, filling, and so tasty!

If you’re entertaining this summer (I’m thinking picnics, barbecues, 4th of July parties, graduation parties), get ready for a new Pasta Salad to rock your menu.

Seafood Pasta Salad is perfect for summer! Your favorite seafood and tons of fresh veggies are tossed in a zesty dressing with chewy pasta. Easy, filling, and so tasty!

A big thank you goes out to Kathy, the same Minnesota Mom (and mother of my best friend) that shared her best creamy mushroom soup and her incredible slow cooker turkey breast.

Just like those recipes, this Seafood Pasta Salad is pure comfort food…. Summer style.

There is something so addictive about biting into a huge forkful of noodles, a creamy dressing, and crunchy vegetables. Add your favorite crab, shrimp, or lobster and people will bypass your main dish for more side dish.

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Seafood Pasta Salad is perfect for summer! Your favorite seafood and tons of fresh veggies are tossed in a zesty dressing with chewy pasta. Easy, filling, and so tasty!

I like to pick small noodles for pasta salads because they are easier to eat, especially for kids. Choose one with some nooks and crannies so the sauce and veggies get trapped and every bite has even more flavor.

I love homemade dressings, but Kathy’s is too good to pass up. Zesty Italian dressing (such as Wishbone brand) is bright and flavorful when mixed with mayonnaise. If you don’t get excited about bottled salad dressing, simply mix red wine vinegar with the mayonnaise (a great option borrowed from my BLT Pasta Salad).

Seafood Pasta Salad is perfect for summer! Your favorite seafood and tons of fresh veggies are tossed in a zesty dressing with chewy pasta. Easy, filling, and so tasty!

Blanch the broccoli to make it prettier to look at and easier to eat. Then, just mix in your favorite fresh vegetables. I’ve also tried this salad with fresh cauliflower (blanched), green bell pepper, red onion, frozen peas (thawed), and shredded carrots.

Use any combination of crab (real or imitation), shrimp, or lobster here. For an easy vegetarian option, omit the seafood entirely. I have also made this salad with chopped cooked ham. I can think of endless options here, so open your fridge and see what you have. The sky is the limit!

Seafood Pasta Salad is perfect for summer! Your favorite seafood and tons of fresh veggies are tossed in a zesty dressing with chewy pasta. Easy, filling, and so tasty!

Any great pasta salad mix-ins you can recommend? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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Seafood Pasta Salad is perfect for summer! Your favorite seafood and tons of fresh veggies are tossed in a zesty dressing with chewy pasta. Easy, filling, and so tasty!
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Seafood Pasta Salad

Seafood Pasta Salad is perfect for summer! Your favorite seafood and tons of fresh veggies are tossed in a zesty dressing with chewy pasta. Easy, filling, and so tasty!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 372 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound uncooked small pasta macaroni, rotini, small shells, etc.
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets chopped
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 (8 or 10 ounce) package grape tomatoes halved lengthwise
  • ½ cup red bell pepper diced
  • ½ cup scallions sliced
  • 1 ½ cups chopped crab, shrimp, and/or lobster

Instructions

  1. Bring 4 quarts water and 1 T. salt to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions for firm pasta (1 minute pasta al dente, usually 8 to 12 minutes depending on the exact noodle). Drain well and rinse with cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, bring 2 quarts water and 1 tsp. salt to a boil. Fill a medium bowl with cold water and ice. Blanch the broccoli quickly until bright green and tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Drain and immediately plunge into the ice water to stop the cooking. Drain well.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, salad dressing, and Parmesan cheese. Stir in pasta, tomatoes, bell pepper, and scallions. Carefully fold in crab and stir until evenly coated. Chill until serving and refrigerate any leftovers.

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10 comments


  1. I love seafood, so this pasta salad is calling my name. I’d love to serve it as a tasty side dish for BBQ.

  2. “1 uncooked small pasta (macaroni, rotini, small shells, etc.)”

    My understanding is that this means 1 package of uncooked small pasta. How many grams or ounces would you say this equals to? The grocery stores in my city carry different sized packages of pasta, so stating this recipe requires “1 package small pasta” is unfortunately not specific enough for me :( Sorry to be a bother. I don’t know if this happens in different areas or if it’s just my country

    • Angela, I am so sorry. YOU are not a bother. My recipe has a typo. I am so sorry! My instructions would not be clear to anyone, ever, no matter where they lived. It is supposed to be one pound of small pasta, but I cut out the pound part. And one pound is 453.592 grams. Or thereabouts. :) Thank you for finding this mistake so I can correct it, and I’m sorry again. Take care and if you need anything else just let me know! Sorry!!!


  3. Made this yesterday and was delicious!! I do like a little zing so added 1 1/2 tsp. of Salad Supreme!!! Awesome!


  4. I love all the recipes y’all have, so good.

  5. Hi Meggan, I am excited to try this recipe for a picnic with my fiancé. Any recommendations on what dishes/drinks would pair nicely with it? Thanks for your suggestions in advance!

    • Hi Baylin! I LOVE this salad, I hope you do too. I love it with sandwiches (especially chicken salad on croissants, or ham and cheese croissant sandwiches with mayo, lettuce, and tomato), fresh fruit, a bag of Lay’s potato chips. Feel free to be more upscale than that, ha ha! For drinks, any kind of sangria (if that’s your thing) or a lovely Arnold Palmer. Those are all my favorites! If you need a chicken salad recipe, or a sangria recipe, just let me know! I hope you guys have fun. :D

    • Thanks, Meggan! One last question :) Is the Italian salad dressing dry or wet?

  6. Hello, I wanted to know if you would post the recipe to chicken and grape salad. I am not a cook and have no idea how to make this. This is the only site that I found that has actual recipes. For this I thank you. :}
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