This imitation crab salad recipe made with cottage cheese was introduce to me by my friend and co-designer, Kristen Cook. In the summer, she brought this incredible crab salad to work. She would actually double this recipe… which is already a large one… and feed the gang. I don’t think she ever went home with left overs. The cottage cheese extends the salad and it’s a flavorful addition to the crab. Besides tasting delicious… it’s good for you… and kids seem to like it equally as well as adults.
The ingredients are pretty simple… and you can have this salad but together in about 15 to 20 minutes.
All you need is: 2 large (24 oz.) cartons of Cottage Cheese. 1 small (16 oz.) carton of Sour Cream. 2 lbs. of Imitation Crab Meat. 3 TB of Lemon or Lime juice. 3 TB Parsley. 2 bunches of sliced Green Onions including the tops. (That may seem like a lot… trust me… it’s not.) 1 tsp. of salt (or to taste.) 1 tsp. black pepper (or to taste). Note: The original recipe did not call for celery… but I added 4 med. stalks for a little crunchy texture.
Place the Cottage Cheese and Sour Cream into a large bowl. Fold the ingredients together.
Add two bunches of sliced onions… including the tops. Don’t be afraid of all those onions. I thought this was a little too much onion but it’s not.
Add 3 TB of Parsley. I used dried parsley… but if your growing your own herbs… give your fresh parsley a try…. just chop it up well.
Add 1 tsp. of Black Pepper and 1 tsp. of Salt. You may want to add more salt and pepper after you get the crab salad put together. Adjust it to your taste.
You get more juice from your lemons or limes by putting them in the microwave for about 15 seconds or so… just until they’re warm… then rolling them on the counter top with the ball of your hand until they are soft.
Squeeze 3 TB of Lemon or Lime juice into your salad.
Fold all of your ingredients together before you add the Imitation Crab.
Add the Imitation Crab Meat and Celery… then fold all of the ingredients together again. Remember… I added the celery as a little extra crunch… but it wasn’t in the original recipe.
Serve your Cottage Cheese Crab Salad on a bed of fresh greens with crackers on the side and watch a smile appear on your family’s faces.
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P.S. The Imitation Crab Salad made with cottage cheese will last in your fridge for about 5 days. Sure is good for a mid-night snack.