Orzo Salad with Imitation Crab

What a delicious idea! This orzo salad is like a deconstructed California roll..minus the Nori! It can be eaten warm or cold & makes a good side dish or a stand-alone dish as well…I liked it the next day for dinner.   I made this when we had company over & everyone really enjoyed it.

Orzo, artificial crab, avocado, cucumber & seasonings all add up to make this salad really delicious

The recipe is from the Chatelaine Magazine

This recipe makes quite a lot & we had plenty of left overs for a couple of days.

Here is the recipe


1 1.2 cups of dry orzo pasta


1 lime…. you need 2 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp fish sauce…*** I substituted Worsteshire sauce

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp ginger, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp hot red-chili flakes

1 English cucumber

1 green onion

1 avocado

1 227g pkg of imitation crab

1 tbsp sesame seeds *** I did not add the sesame seeds due to an allergy


  1. Cook the orzo… salt a pot of water, bring it to a boil, add the orzo & stir to separate them. Boil, stirring occasionally,  until they are cooked to your liking… al dente or more…approx 7 minutes
  2. Drain the orzo but DO NOT RINSE
  3. Put the drained orzo into a large bowl
  4. Make the dressing…Mix 2 tbsp lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, garlic & chilli flakes together in a bowl .
  5. Pour the dressing over the orzo & toss together to coat all of the orzo & set aside
  6. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds & discard them. Slice the cucumber thinly & add to the orzo
  7. Thinly slice the green onion & add to the orzo
  8. Cut the avocado in thin slices & add to the orzo
  9. Take the imitation crab out of the package & chop coarsely….add this to the orzo
  10. Mix everything together
  11. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds
  12. This can be served either warm or cold… Keeps for 1 day in the refrigerator…but we kept ours a couple days longer…


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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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