Are you looking for a special side dish to go along with a celebratory meal? This recipe has been a tradition in our family for years. It always brings to mind memories of gatherings from the past and a few candlelit family dinners. Most of this side dish can be prepared the night before, so there’s no last-minute rush to get everything on the table. My mouth is watering just thinking of this easy seafood salad recipe. It’s a seafood extravaganza!
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This seafood salad recipe appeared in the Food Day section of the Oregonian a number of years ago, having been reprinted from the “Favorites of ’63” bulletin in the now-defunct Oregon Journal. Originally, it was listed as “Mrs. Hager’s Shrimp, Crab, Bread Salad”. Now, wait a minute, don’t be weirded out by the bread part. It seems strange, I’ll admit, but it really helps pull everything together. In my family, we have modified the recipe by adding more seafood and less onion. So here is the recipe for my most-favorite special side-dish of all time, which I’m very excited to share with you. First, I have to set the scene.
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The Perfect Scenario for this Easy Seafood Salad Recipe
In my imagination, the perfect setting for serving this marvelous salad goes like this. A candlelit table is set for two, and a fire is crackling in the fireplace. Big band music is playing softly in the background. Fine china dishes, ornate silverware, and crystal goblets grace the table, which is draped in a deep burgundy tablecloth. I invite my dear husband to have a seat across from me, and we gaze adoringly at each other over a delectable pan of bubbling lasagna. Death by Chocolate Trifle is chilling in the refrigerator for dessert. But wait, something is missing. Oh yes, the irresistible side dish, seafood salad. I bring the previously-prepared salad plates to the table, ask a blessing, and commence enjoying the romantic dinner for two. Bliss! Of course, this scenario has never really happened, but it could. Maybe.
But I digress. Without further fanfare or flights of imagination, here’s the easy recipe for my ultimate favorite special side dish.
Ingredients for Easy Seafood Salad
1 large loaf sliced white sandwich bread
1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped
4 hard-cooked eggs, finely chopped
1 pound of cooked shrimp (you could also use 2 or 3 cans of small shrimp, drained)
1/2 pound of fresh crab meat (you could also use 1 or 2 cans of crab meat)
1 cup finely cubed celery
3 cups mayonnaise (not salad dressing), more or less to taste
Directions for Easy Seafood Salad
Cut crusts from bread and spread slices lightly with butter. Cut into small cubes so that each slice is cut into about 20 cubes. (I use an electric knife for this step.)
Add chopped onion and chopped hard-cooked eggs. Refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, add shrimp, crab, celery, and mayonnaise.
Mix lightly to combine very well. Cover and let stand 3 or 4 hours in the refrigerator before serving.
To serve, pile lightly on plates rimmed with salad greens. Garnish with slices of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, if desired. Makes 12 generous servings.
Easy Seafood Salad
- Electric knife
- 1 loaf sliced white sandwich bread
- 1 cube butter
- 1 tbsp onion finely chopped
- 4 eggs hard-cooked and finely chopped
- 1 pound cooked shrimp (or 2-3 cans small cooked shrimp, drained)
- ½ pound fresh crab meat (or 1-2 cans crab meat, drained)
- 1 cup celery finely cubed
- 3 cups mayonnaise more or less to taste
- Cut crusts from bread and spread slices lightly with butter.
- Cut into small cubes so that each slice is cut into about 20 cubes with an electric knife.
- Add chopped onion and chopped hard-cooked eggs.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, add shrimp, crab, celery and mayonnaise.
- Mix lightly to combine very well.
- Cover and let stand 3 or 4 hours in the refrigerator before serving.
- To serve, pile lightly on plates rimmed with salad greens. Garnish with slices of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, if desired
An Essential Tool
This recipe would not be nearly as easy to make without one crucial kitchen tool: an electric knife. The one pictured below is exactly like the one I have, complete with a storage case. This knife is also very useful for carving a turkey or slicing a ham. It makes the slicing of the buttered bread loaf in this recipe a snap.
Is There Room for This Easy Seafood Salad Recipe at Your Next Celebratory Meal?
Is there room in your recipe repertoire for seafood salad? Let me know if you give this recipe a try. Better yet, take a picture and tag me on Instagram and I’ll feature you in my story.
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