Make Ahead

Dungeness Crab Salad

August 18, 2015
Photo by Radiance
Author Notes

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

  • Serves 4
  • 8 ounces Fresh Dungeness Crab, picked and cleaned
  • 1/4 cup Pink Lady Apple (or Granny Smith, Braeburn, or Honey Crisp), ¼” dice
  • 1/4 cup Radish, julienned
  • Zest of One Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Pernod (or anise flavored liquor)
  • 3 teaspoons Lemon Juice, divided, plus more to taste
  • 1 Large Hass Avocado, 1/2" dice
  • Fresh Chives
In This Recipe
  1. 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.
  2. Prior to serving, add a touch more lemon juice to brighten all the flavors.
  3. 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).
  4. Place equal an amount of crab salad atop avocado, garnish with fresh chives, and serve immediately.

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