I'm not a big fan of crab. I had fried soft-shell crab in a restaurant once and will never eat it again. Crab legs (for me) are just too much work for the amount of food you get. Ditto with Dungeness Crab. Canned crab? Ehhh. To me, it all is pretty tasteless.
But that Imitation Crab... the fish that's made to look like crab, but not necessarily taste like it? Oh, yeah... that I like!
So, the other day when my gardener needed help loading up all the lumber from the old deck to make a run to the dump, guess who he asked to help? Yep, yours truly.
Well, that meant having to take off my sandals to put on real shoes. It meant ruining my hair which I'd just washed and styled because I had to use my straw hat in the sun. Straw hat + sun + sweating = ruined hair.
It meant using gloves to try to save my mani that I got with my granddaughter last week in California.
My daughter went along, too, and she got a pedi. I'm sure she'll be pleased as punch to see this picture on the interwebs.
So, when dinnertime rolled around, and the prospect of lighting the stove or oven became imminent, I decided to go the cold route and came up with this Imitation Crab Salad. We like spicy in our house, so if the horseradish and Old Bay seem like too much, feel free to modify to your taste.
Hauling stuff to the dump. That's a man's job, right?
IMITATION CRAB SALAD
8 oz. imitation crab, flaked
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup bell pepper, finely chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 cup fresh or frozen peas
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 tsp granulated garlic
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1 tsp prepared horseradish
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp dried parsley
Mix first 5 ingredients in a bowl. In separate bowl, mix mayonnaise and next 7 ingredients; add to crab mixture. Chill well. Serve on lettuce with crackers or toasted bread.