Gazpacho Crab and Pasta Salad

This crab pasta salad recipe makes a perfect warm-weather lunch or dinner. It tastes just like the refreshing chilled tomato soup thanks to the easy spicy tomato dressing that coats every bite of the crab pasta recipe.

Gazpacho Crab and Pasta Salad
Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 5 ounce dried whole-grain medium shell macaroni (about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 recipe Spicy Tomato Dressing

  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped (1 cup)

  • 1 cup chopped cucumber

  • 1 small red sweet pepper, chopped (1/2 cup)

  • 1 small green sweet pepper, chopped (1/2 cup)

  • cup slivered red onion

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro

  • 6 ounce cooked crab meat, flaked, or 8 ounces cooked peeled small shrimp

Spicy Tomato Dressing

  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable juice

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water and drain.

  2. In a large bowl combine the pasta, Spicy Tomato Dressing, tomatoes, cucumber, sweet peppers, onion, and cilantro; toss to coat. Gently stir in crab meat. Chill for 1 hour or until ready to serve. To serve, divide salad among four serving plates.

Spicy Tomato Dressing

  1. In a screw-top combine vegetable juice, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper. Cover and shake well until combined. Makes about 1 cup.

Test Kitchen Tip:

If pasta absorbs dressing while chilling, add a little more low-sodium vegetable juice to moisten it.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

238 Calories
5g Fat
36g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 238
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 282mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 69.1mg 345%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 2.5mg 14%
Potassium 564mg 12%
Folate, total 44.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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