This crab salad might taste best on a white sandy beach with a margarita in hand, but it goes just as well in the city with a glass of white wine. Fresh lump crab meat combined with crunchy vegetables and the classic combination of cilantro, lime, jalapeno and avocado makes the perfect Spring or Summer salad. —Waverly
lump crab meat
thinly sliced radishes, any type
1/2-inch long matchsticks of jicama (peel the jicama, slice it in half and work from there)
large tomatoes, chopped
avocados, pitted and chopped
jalapeños, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
chopped cilantro, loosely packed
cotija cheese, shredded
sea salt, to taste
extra virgin olive oil
fresh lime juice, plus more to taste
large clove garlic, smashed and finely chopped
lettuce (butter, romaine, spinach, etc)
corn tortillas, cut into quarters and lightly fried in hot olive oil just until crisp on both sides
TOSS: In a large bowl, combine the crab meat, radishes, jicama, tomatoes, avocados, jalapeños, cilantro, and cheese. Season with a little sea salt and pepper. Gently toss. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, and garlic until it is emulsified. Pour about half of the vinaigrette over the crab salad and gently toss. Taste and adjust the seasonings adding more lime juice, salt, or pepper.
SERVE: Divide lettuce among plates. Drizzle each plate of lettuce with a little vinaigrette. Place a mound of the crab salad on top of the lettuce. Serve with fried corn tortillas. Note: this is also delicious wrapped in warm corn tortillas.
Waverly used to be a lawyer and is now a mother 24/7. She has made a commitment to cooking for her family and absolutely loves it even when her family does not. She is teaching them, one meal at a time, to enjoy wholesome homemade food. She abhors processed food but recognizes its insidious nature and accepts the fact that her children will occasionally get some Skittles, Doritos, or the like. Her philosophy and hope is that if she teaches them well at home, they will prefer wholesome healthy foods when they go out into the world without her.