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An overhead shot of a platter of endive spears filled with simple crab salad
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Simple Crab Recipe

This simple crab salad is a cinch to throw together and looks fancy enough to impress guests at a dinner party! Plus, this paleo, keto, Whole30, gluten-free, and no-cook dish can be assembled in just a few minutes!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dairy-free, gluten-free, keto, low carb, paleo, Primal, Whole30
Servings: 4
Author: Michelle Tam


  • 1 pound cooked lump crab meat
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 Thai chili pepper finely diced or 2 tablespoons diced sweet bell pepper (optional)
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paleo mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 8 cups salad greens optional
  • 2 large Hass avocado halved, pitted, and peeled (optional)
  • 6 Belgian endive spears or mini sweet bell peppers (optional)


  • Dump the crab in a large bowl and mix in the scallions, parsley, and chili pepper (if using). Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and lemon juice.
  • Carefully mix the mayonnaise dressing into the crab meat mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and/or pepper if needed.
  • For a light supper, serve the crab salad over greens or spoon it over halved and pitted avocados.
  • For an appetizer, cut the ends off the Belgian endives and separate them into spears. Arrange the spears on a platter and spoon in the crab salad. No endive spears? You can also halve and deseed mini sweet peppers and spoon the crab salad inside!



Storage tips:
Because crab salad is so quick to make, you should probably just make it right before serving. If you insist on making it ahead, you can store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Always do a smell check and if it smells off, don’t eat it!


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 6g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g