Am I not.....HILARIOUS? I know, it was a sad attempt at humor. This has been one the craziest days I have had for awhile, and frankly, I am so tired, I am on cup of coffee number 2, just to get the job done kids!
The truth is, this is another "for the love of hubby" recipe. He has been asking for some sort of seafood macaroni salad for awhile. He has been oh so patient, for more than I would have been if I were waiting for something from him. Finally he said in this cute little desperate voice, "Honey, I know you are really busy but could you write up some sort of salad with crab and pasta in it for me and use black olives"? Easy enough. I just picked up some of the great farmers market finds I had from the weekend and went to town.
I am not a huge fan of mayo based salads, but I guarantee you will love this one. It makes me so happy when my husband requests something and I am able to create it for him just how he likes it. Nothing makes me happier than to hear his "insert moan" and then "Christine, Christine, Christine, hits another one OUT OF THE PARK"! Love is grand isn't it?
This is going down as a Simmerman family staple. I hope it is enjoyed by yours too!
16 ounces shell pasta (or any very short pasta), cooked and cooled
10-12 ounces crab meat, real or imitation
10 ounce can of black olives, chopped
1 med-lg bell pepper, chopped fine
1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered. (use a large regular tomato if you want)
1 cup Hellmann's Mayo (or best foods)
1 T chives
1/4 tsp,. garlic powder
2-3 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. salt
black pepper to taste
You can add the pasta while it is still slightly warm if you wish. Otherwise, mix all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving!
Easy? Definitely! Delicious? DEFINITELY!