When we were on our Mississippi River camping trip, we met a nice couple at Wyalusing. They had a really cool trailer, which prompted a conversation and we met Peg & Al. We hung out with them a few nights, watching the sunset from their ridge side site. They were finishing up dinner as we arrived one night and it was a very interesting pasta salad. She shared how she made this pasta crab salad. We adapted the recipe with coleslaw instead of pasta. I made it at home right away and we devoured it. It’s now on our list of camping meals.
Crab Salad Recipe
1 bag of coleslaw (16 oz)
1 package of imitation crab meat (8 oz)
6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
6 mozzarella cheese sticks
1/2 bag of frozen peas or 1 can of peas
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
1 English cucumber
1/2 – 1 cup mayonnaise
salt & pepper to taste
2-4 green onions (not pictured)
Precook the bacon and set aside. We often have bacon for breakfast, so we set aside 6 slices in the refrigerator.
If using frozen peas, you can heat and let them cool before adding to the salad or just use the peas frozen.
Place the coleslaw mix into a large mixing bowl.
Chop up the crab and place it in the bowl. I just opened the bag and broke it apart as I place it in the bowl.
Crumble the cold bacon and add it to the bowl.
Cut the cheese sticks into small round pieces and add to the bowl.
Add in the peas.
Chop the tomatoes in half and add.
Dice the cucumber and add to the bowl.
Chop and add the green onion.
Stir the contents of the bowl together.
Add in the desired amount of mayonnaise. We used about 3/4 of a cup.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy any leftovers the next day.
Hearty Camping Recipe
When Eric first tasted this salad, he said there was NONE for me. He was joking because this makes quite a large amount and we couldn’t finish it all. He called dibs on the leftovers. This salad was all we had for dinner, and we were FULL! It is so cool and refreshing. Especially after a long hot day of hiking or biking. The little cheese stick discs make this recipe a lot of fun!
Would you prefer to use pasta or coleslaw? Would you add any different ingredients? I think cut grapes would be good to add. Thank you to Peg for sharing this recipe. We are happy to have you as part of the Let’s Camp S’more Mod Squad.