Spicy Crab Salad with Tandoori Mayo Dressing

Ingredients for making Crab Salad

What is imitation crab? Imitation crab sticks are made of surimi fish (which is a mild white fish) that has been processed with starch. It is also called crab sticks, krab sticks, kanikama, kani kamaboko, or seafood sticks. The processed fish is shaped to resemble crab legs, hence giving them the name. Although kani is not a traditional Japanese dish, they were popularized in American Japanese restaurants. These crab sticks are added to sushi rolls, sushi rice, and salads.

In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for dressing - mayonnaise, sour cream, ground ginger, garlic powder, chili powder, garam masala, ground cardamom, sugar, salt, and fresh lime juice (or fresh lemon juice). Mix well and set it aside.

Cut the imitation crab into thin strips. Cut the red onions, carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, and cabbage into thin strips. In a large bowl, take the crab and the julienned veggies. Add the creamy mayo dressing to the crunchy vegetables.

Toss the salad well. Taste and adjust seasoning. Cover and store it in the refrigerator for one hour to let the flavors absorb before serving.