Kani Salad (Spicy Crab and Mango Salad): A Refreshing and Flavorful Dish

Kani Salad is a delightful and refreshing dish that combines the sweetness of mango, the crunch of cucumber, and the unique taste of imitation crab meat. Enhanced with a spicy and tangy dressing, this salad is perfect as an appetizer or a light meal. Here’s how to make this vibrant and tasty salad.


  • Salad:
    • 150 g kani imitation crab meat, shredded
    • 150 g mango, cut into thin strips
    • 120 g cucumber, cut into matchsticks (about 1 cup)
    • 4 tablespoons corn
    • 50 g lettuce, medium-sized pieces for serving
  • Kani Salad Dressing Sauce:
    • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
    • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
    • Pinch of salt to taste
  • Optional Garnishes:
    • Toasted sesame seeds
    • Red pepper flakes


  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
    • Shred the kani imitation crab meat into thin strips.
    • Cut the mango into thin strips.
    • Cut the cucumber into matchsticks.
    • Prepare the lettuce leaves, washing and drying them, and set them aside.
  2. Make the Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, rice vinegar, soy sauce, white sugar, Dijon mustard, Sriracha sauce, and a pinch of salt.
    • Whisk together until the dressing is smooth and well combined. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  3. Assemble the Salad:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded kani imitation crab meat, mango strips, cucumber matchsticks, and corn.
    • Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients.
    • Toss gently to coat the ingredients evenly with the dressing.
  4. Serve:
    • Arrange the lettuce leaves on a serving platter or individual plates.
    • Spoon the kani salad mixture over the lettuce leaves.
    • Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and red pepper flakes, if desired.


Kani Salad is a vibrant and delicious dish that perfectly balances sweet, savory, and spicy flavors. The combination of imitation crab meat, fresh mango, and crisp cucumber, all brought together with a tangy dressing, makes this salad a refreshing option for any meal. Whether served as an appetizer or a light lunch, this kani salad is sure to impress with its delightful taste and beautiful presentation. Enjoy this easy-to-make and flavorful salad with family and friends!