Creamy Thai Crab Macaroni Salad
- SERVES: 8–10
- PREP: 30 minutes
- TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
Loosely inspired by the flavors of crab fried rice, transformed into a refreshing-yet-creamy summer salad.
One of the biggest “rules” of Thai cooking is packing as much flavor into a dish as possible. This pasta salad is equal parts refreshing and decadent, loosely inspired by crab fried rice (with real lump crab), lots of crunchy raw vegetables, juicy pineapple, and tons of herbs. The creamy dressing is packed with a triple threat of garlic, ginger, and lemongrass, plus punchy zestiness from lime juice and Dijon mustard, signature fish sauce, and sesame oil. This is your picnic-ready main dish, backyard BBQ side dish, or a way to satisfy Thai takeout cravings in a new way. If you’re gluten intolerant, you can swap in rice noodles.
For the dressing:
cup lime juice
tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 ½
teaspoons sesame oil
tablespoon Dijon mustard
tablespoon fresh ginger, finely minced
cloves garlic, finely minced
(1-inch) piece fresh lemongrass (very tender pale insides only), finely minced
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the salad:
pound short pasta (such as radiatore or fusilli)
teaspoon neutral oil (such as vegetable or canola)
ounces lump crab, drained
cup fresh pineapple chunks, cut into ½-inch pieces
Persian cucumbers (4 ounces), halved lengthwise then cut into ¼-inch half moons
red bell pepper, seeded and diced
carrot, halved lengthwise then cut into ¼-inch half moons
small red onion, thinly sliced
cup chopped scallion greens
cup cup chopped cilantro
cup chopped basil
cup chopped mint
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