This rich, crisp, and bright crab salad is perfect for a sophisticated dinner gathering. If you buy picked crab, it will come together in less than 30 minutes and can be (mostly) prepared before your guests arrive. —Radiance Bellavita
Fresh Dungeness Crab, picked and cleaned
Pink Lady Apple (or Granny Smith, Braeburn, or Honey Crisp), ¼” dice
Zest of One Lemon
Pernod (or anise flavored liquor)
Lemon Juice, divided, plus more to taste
In a bowl, combine crab, apple, radish, lemon zest, mayonnaise, Pernod, and 1 ½ tsp lemon juice, gently mix until incorporated, season with salt and pepper to taste, and chill.
Prior to serving, add a touch more lemon juice to brighten all the flavors.
When you are ready to serve, dice avocado, gently mix in remaining lemon juice, and divide between 4 plates (I used a large ring mold for a more formal presentation. For an organic presentation, scatter avocado loosely around the plate).
Place equal an amount of crab salad atop avocado, garnish with fresh chives, and serve immediately.