Make Ahead

Dungeness Crab Salad

October  4, 2022
1 Ratings
Photo by Radiance
  • Serves 4
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

What You'll Need
  • 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
  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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1 Review

ReeceAmy February 24, 2019
This is seriously delicious! I’ve served it formally (thank you for the mold suggestion and photo) and more casually over a bed of greens. The combo of crab, apple, radish, lemon and anise is brilliant. Yum!!!