This simple crab salad is perfect for pregnant ladies like myself! I’ll explain. I’ve been reading this amazing book – Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded): How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five because even on baby number 4 I know I have a lot to learn and learning I AM! One of the most interesting things I learned recently is that Omega 3’s are as important for baby’s brain in the third trimester as Folic Acid is in the first trimester, and even more surprising is that the potential mercury problems all pregnant women hear about are actually far outweighed by the benefits. Not to mention (oh no, I’m mentioning!) that there are plenty of choices of fish, that are also high in Omega 3’s, without the high levels of mercury we’ve been warned against.
This is kind of poetic because, for both #2 and #3 I was craving fish like MAD in the final months and I’ve found myself gobbling up crab salad and dreaming of fish a lot lately. My family is not of the same mind on this unfortunately, none of them are fish fans. So one way I can get MY fix without pushing slabs of salmon on my unwilling progeny (and even more unwilling hubby!) is to have something around that I can nibble on when needed as a snack. There aren’t a lot of options for fish snacks (I’m not talking about Goldfish) but crab salad is kind of perfect. There are extra veggies (as many as you want!) and I make crab salad with imitation crab which is actually white fish and very high in Omega 3’s! Let’s go!
Start with a few stalks of green onion, I like to cut them up with my cooking shears. They tend to get kind of slippery on the cutting board and I’ve found that it is actually faster for things like this!
Then a few carrots, chop those up as small as you like them, I snuck a few celery stalks in there too but I didn’t take a picture. If you’d like you could throw in some diced cucumbers or radishes too!
See? It even says on the package that they have Omega 3’s, perfect. Regular imitation crab is perfect for this, I get these 8oz bags at the grocery store and I usually buy a few when they are on sale, they freeze very well then I can just grab one when the mood strikes.
It’s already chopped up, sure. But I like it a little more finely chopped. You can leave it in chunks if you like, or some people buy it in sticks too.
Just pile it on top of the veggies
I use approximately 1/2 cup of mayo. It’s really just to taste. Some people like it to be wetter and some like it drier, I’m like Goldilocks and it’s sort of in between; just right!
I add 1 tsp of sugar, you really don’t have to but I find it gives it that little extra sweetness I want. Then just mix it up and pop it in the fridge! I usually like to taste it around now too, both because my mouth is watering like crazy and to make sure it’s right, but I prefer it ice cold so I refrigerate it for an hour or so before serving myself up some.
- 1 package crab meat 8 oz
- 3 green onions cut
- 2 carrots diced
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 2-3 celery stalks chopped (optional)
Place green onions, carrots and celery (optional) into a mixing bowl
Chop up crab meat and mix into vegetables
Add mayo and sugar and combine
Refrigerate for at least an hour, serve