Mediterranean Crab Pasta Salad

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Crab Pasta Salad With Pomegranate Dressing

Pomegranate and sumac dressing drizzled across the sweet crab meat with chili peppers and pistachios and stuffed inside of shell pasta. 

Mediterranean Crab Pasta Salad
Crab Pasta Salad

The Perfect Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Having grown up in a Mediterranean influenced home, yet right here along the crab capitol of Maryland, I just had to combine the two for a perfect summertime luncheon. 

Blue crabs are in season only during the warm months of the year and so making this crab salad for summertime meals was the perfect way to showcase my two M’s (Mediterranean and Maryland)!

Mediterranean Crab Pasta Salad
Captain Alan Poore Crabbing

Crabs Crabs and More Crabs!

The Chesapeake Bay of Maryland has some of the best, fat, sweet crabs around, and while Crab Cakes (featured on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games), or my newly invented Mac and Cheese Crab Rolls (featured on Food Network’s Clash of the Grandmas), are both something to boast about, I wanted to make something more delicate and healthy with this luscious crab meat. 

Mediterranean Crab Pasta Salad
Blue Crabs From The Chesapeake Bay

The sweet and yet pungent Pomegranate Dressing with the citrus spice of sumac brought contrast to the sweet meat of the crabs. 

Mediterranean Crab Pasta Salad
Pomegranate Dressing

Toss in the crunch of pistachios and some fresh pea shoots with shredded carrots and you’ve got a very healthy, yet flavor satisfying salad. 

The Better Pasta Salad

Pasta salad became a ‘thing’ when I was growing up in the 60’s. It was usually swimming in mayonnaise and definitely not something I grew a liking to. 

Mediterranean Crab Pasta Salad
Jumbo Pasta Shells

A healthy crab salad with bright, as well has a bit of heat in the salad itself, then stuffed inside a pasta shell makes for the best pasta salad I’ve ever had. 

I’d love to hear what you think of this salad especially if you too grew up with mayonnaise style pasta salads!

Stuffing Pasta Shells With Mediterranean Crab Salad

Ingredients Needed

Equipment Needed

  • Mixing bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Mixing spoon
  • Small spoon
  • Box grater or vegetable peeler – to shred the carrots
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Stovetop or burner

Mediterranean Crab Pasta Salad

Recipe by rdaumitCourse: Pasta, Salads and VeggiesCuisine: Mediterranean



Pomegranate and sumac dressing drizzled across the sweet crab meat with chili peppers and pistachios and stuffed inside of shell pasta. 


  • Crab meat – 8 ounces

  • Pistachios – ½ cup, rough chopped

  • Red Chili Pepper – 1/4 tsp

  • Pomegranate Seeds – 1/4 cup

  • Pea Shoots – ½ cup of mostly leaf tips and enough whole shoots for the bed under the shells

  • Carrots – ¾ cup, shredded and then chopped to confetti

  • Chives – ¼ cup chopped to confetti

  • Cooked Jumbo Pasta Shells – 12

  • Pomegranate Sumac Dressing – 1/4 cup


  • Toss shells in enough dressing to coat them so they don’t stick together, and to flavor the shells before filling.
  • Gently mix the crab, nuts, pomegranate seeds, shoots, carrots, and chives.
  • Add enough dressing to the mix, without becoming too wet. Gently fill the shells with the crab filling.
  • Place whole pea shoots on a plate. Display the stuffed shells on top of the shoots. Drizzle a very little amount of dressing across the plate, or a little pomegranate molasses from the dressing recipe. Serve
Mediterranean Crab Pasta Salad
Mediterranean Crab Pasta Salad

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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