Budget-Friendly Seafood Salad #HotSummerEats

I love fresh seafood salad in the summer. It makes such a perfect lunch alone or stuffed in a pita pocket.


Seafood is expensive. I’d love to eat seafood several times per week, but our monthly food budget would be maxed out in a week if we did that.

When I joined #HotSummerEats (read more here – along with a giveaway!), I know I wanted to do some kind of seafood salad, but I also wanted to make it as budget-friendly as possible. So, I decided to make it with imitation crab and lots of fresh flavors, inspired by this South Your Mouth recipe.


And you know what? It was delicious!

For this recipe, I used the dill herb paste sent to me by sponsor Gourmet Garden. Yesterday, I used two of their other pastes in a potato recipes, so check that out if you haven’t already. Just look at all the product they sent me to taste-test:


Thanks, Gourmet Garden! Y’all should check them out – I’ve been LOVING their herb products, since it means that I can add fresh herbs to my recipes more often without having to worry about products wilting in my fridge.

Check out who else is playing along for #HotSummerEats today…and scroll down for my seafood salad recipe!

Budget-Friendly Seafood Salad

Total Time: 15 minutes

Budget-Friendly Seafood Salad


  • 1 pack (8-12 ounces) imitation crab meat
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1/2 small cucumber, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Gourmet Gardens dill herb paste
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch dry mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Mix together mayonnaise, paprika, dill, crushed red pepper, nutmeg, dry mustard, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Cut the imitation crab into chunk or shred.
  3. Add crab, celery, and cucumbers into bowl with dressing mixture. Stir to coat everything evenly.

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Allison is one of the co-founders here at The PinterTest Kitchen. She also works as a content marketing consultant and freelance writer - find out more at AllisonBoyer.com.

6 thoughts on “Budget-Friendly Seafood Salad #HotSummerEats

    • Imitation crab meat is essentially white fish, so if seafood is not your thing, this is probably not the right recipe for you! But you could do it with cooked chicken or egg for a spin on chicken/eggs salad. that would be yummy! 🙂

    • Oh many, little shrimps would be SO GOOD in there! Oddly enough, I’m not a huge fan of real crab meat unless it is crab cakes. :-p I’m weird I guess! But I looooooove shrimp! That’s such a good idea. I think I’m going to add some pasta next time too to round it out and make it even more budget-friendly.

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