This is a creamy, crunchy, and wonderfully delicious salad. I saw this recipe in the book, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines. Since it is Labor Day here in the States, it would go very well with our traditional barbeque. Here is my adaptation of the recipe.
3 cups of medium shell pasta, cooked according to package directions
2 - 8 ounce packages of imitation crab meat or the real thing if you prefer
3 green onions, cut into small slices
1 rib celery, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup of mayonnaise
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp fresh lemon or lime juice. I used the juice of 1/2 lime.
1 tsp orgeano
1/2 tsp basil
1 tsp of rice vinegar or white vinegar
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, Add the pasta and cook until al dente, approximately 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
Whisk the mayonnaise, sugar, garlic powder, basil, oregano, vinegar, and lemon juice together in a large bowl. Add the pasta and mix well. Next, add the crab meat, cheese, carrot, and celery. Mix thoroughly and chill up to three hours or overnight. Adjust the seasonings to your taste. Enjoy!