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Vegan Crab Salad

This vegan crab salad recipe is as imitation crab meat as you can get!  No need to rely on other fish to play the role, and we don’t have to pretend to be scientists making our own crab with a blend of starch, fillers and artificial flavors.  We can look no further than humble kelp to provide us with the “from the sea” flavor and add it to hearts of palm.  And next thing you know, you’ve got a delicious plant based crab meat that’s perfect for vegan seafood salad, vegan crab rolls, sushi and more!

This recipe for vegan crab salad requires a bit of planning ahead, but it only involves opening a can of hearts of palm, dumping the contents into a sealed container, sprinkling in some kelp granules, sealing the lid, and putting it into the refrigerator overnight.  Not hard at all.  Everything else takes less than 10 minutes to do. 

There’s so many ways to enjoy this easy vegan crab salad! Served on a bun, vegan crab rolls make a tasty summer meal. Make it gluten-free and serve this vegan seafood salad over a bed of romaine with a wedge or two of lemon on the side.  Or serve the salad on crackers and enjoy as a midday snack.  

I have also used this vegan imitation crab salad in homemade sushi rolls with a little bit of carrot and avocado. If you decide to go that route, visit the recipe for Shiitake Mushroom Sushi Rolls to learn how to put together a sushi roll.

Finally, if you enjoy vegan seafood recipes, you may also enjoy Hearts of Palm Ceviche. It uses hearts of palm in place of fish, and it’s super tasty.

Vegan crab salad on crackers.
Vegan crab salad in homemade sushi rolls with shredded carrots and avocado.

Vegan Crab Salad

14 ounce can of hearts of palm

2 ½ tsp kelp granules

½ cup vegan mayonnaise

½ tsp lemon juice

1 stalk celery, finely chopped

1 Tbsp finely chopped flat leaf parsley

½ tsp celery seed

½ tsp paprika

⅛ tsp nutmeg

⅛ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp dijon mustard

½ tsp garlic powder

Tiny pinch of allspice

Tiny pinch of cloves

Black pepper, to taste

Salt, to taste

For Sandwiches:

2 hoagie buns

Sliced tomato

Romaine lettuce

1. Including the liquid, dump an entire can of hearts of palm into a container.  If the hearts of palm are not completely submerged in liquid, add water to the container until they are covered.  Add kelp granules.  Seal with the lid.  Refrigerate overnight.  

2. Once they are done marinading, rinse the hearts of palm in a colander, and tear the hearts of palm into pieces.

3. Mix everything else listed in the “Salad” section together.  Add the hearts of palm last.  Taste, and adjust.  If you like more of a “from the sea” flavor in your vegan crab salad, add kelp granules.  

4. Once the flavor is on point, for vegan crab rolls serve on a hoagie with sliced tomato and romaine lettuce.  As a variation, serve as a vegan seafood salad on a bed of romaine lettuce or as a snack with crackers.

A delicious vegan crab roll made with hearts of palm!