Friday, July 19, 2013

Cool Crab and Avocado Salad for the I ♥ Cooking Club & Weekend Cooking Series

It's time for Potluck at IHCC, something I look forward to each month. As usual, I am a sucker for Nigella recipes. This one has been on the radar for a while and with the summer heat, it's a perfect cool and light lunch dish.

Next time I would buy different quality crab meat for the salad and maybe add caramelized onions. The large chunks of avocado were delicious. You know, I am never sure if where avocado falls in the scheme of healthy foods. Some say it's very low in calories but high with cholesterol. I just don't know. Either way, I don't think I eat enough to kill me.

Crab and Avocado Salad
from Nigella Express


* 2 tablespoons mirin
* 1/2 teaspoon wasabi paste
* 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
* Few drops sesame oil
* 1/2 teaspoon Maldon/kosher salt or 1/4 teaspoon regular salt
* 1 1/4 cups crabmeat
* Approximately 1 teaspoon lime juice
* 5 cups salad mix
* 1 ripe avocado
* 1 to 2 teaspoons chopped chives


Whisk together the mirin, wasabi, rice vinegar, sesame oil and salt. Then remove around 4 teaspoons to another big bowl that will fit your salad in later. Be sure to use a bowl large enough to accommodate the crab meat.

Add crab and fork it through, mixing thoroughly. Add lime juice and then the salad leaves and toss well to mix.
Using a rounded half spoon measure, scoop out curls or humps of avocado and place on top of the salad. Give a squirt of lime juice over the salad.

Sprinkle the chopped chives over the 4 mounds of crab and take the plates to the table.

I halved all qualities since its just the two of us. Surf over to IHCC and see what July Potluck dishes are being served. I am also sharing this with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.


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kitchen flavours said...

Hi Tina,
This is a wonderful salad. I love avocado. All the info on high cholesterol, I don't know what to make of it either! All I know is, it is a beautiful fruit, meant to be enjoyed to its fullest! I've just bought two today! Haha! Got to wait for a couple of days more for it to ripen.
This is a great potluck choice.
Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Michelle said...

The combo of crab, avocado, and lime sound so great right now. Light, refreshing. Love the top picture...something about the lighting with the colors in the dish.

Amy said...

You've got all my favorite ingredients all in one bowl! What a refreshing and delicious salad! Can't wait to make some this weekend.

~~louise~~ said...

What an interesting crab salad, Tina. I don't think I've ever had crab salad minus mayo which I happen to LOVE! So yes, in this case I'm sure avocado is much healthier.

I've read the same thing about them. They weigh in on both good and bad for cholesterol because they also combat the bad cholesterol and are filled with vitamin E, I think.

Whatever, like you say, I don't eat enough avocado to worry about it. Now eggs, well, that is a different story!!!

Thank you so much for sharing...Your salad looks yummy!

Le laquet said...

That looks sooooo good - I wonder if you could add a little thinly sliced red onion ... actually making me dribble! Makes me want to dig right in and not have to share ;o)

Tina said...

KF: Thanks very much. I love avocados and we have some that need ripening for later as well. Have a good one!

Michelle, it would go well with your potluck dish too. Love that seared sirloin. Good choice with Tessa.

Amy, let me know how you like it.

Louise, we also eat lots of eggs. If you get any decent avocados up your way give it a try. Thanks for the email :-)

Mrs. L, I would most certainly make one all for you. Red onion, check. Ir will be added next time!

Beth F said...

I don't care what they say about avocados! I love them and eat them often. :)

I'll have to give this one a try while it's still so hot out. I wonder if I can get good crabmeat at Wegman's.

Laurie C said...

I need to learn how to pick good avocados. I feel silly smelling pineapples and melons in the store, but it does help me get good ones more often than not!

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

Yum, crab and avocado together; this looks tasty.

Zosia said...

Sounds like a delicious combination of ingredients and your salad looks so cool and inviting....very appealing in this hot weather.

JoAnn said...

Crab, avocado, and lime is a perfect summer taste combination... will try the salad this week!

Joanne said...

Avocado is so good for you, and unequivocally so! So don't feel bad eating it. :) Lovely salad!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Perfect summer food! Thanks for sharing this.

Carole said...

I would like this Tina - I haven't eaten much crab - maybe time for a trip to the Fish Market to get some. Cheers

caite said...

I love crab and I love avocado...yum.

Debra Eliotseats said...

That looks so good and I always have good intentions for this club. I just never find the time.

Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll) said...

What a great summer dish and a combination I would never have thought of. Sounds delicious!

Le laquet said...

O.M.G. how many comments??

I'll hold you to that (with the red onion) ... you know I will!

Kalyan Panja said...

Just mouthwatering...looks delicious!

Cecelia said...

Oh, that sounds like a great combo! I like tuna and avocado, but crab would go just as well (if not better). Thanks for sharing!

Heather Webb said...

I make deviled crab eggs (yum!), but a crab stuffed avocado or this delicious salad sounds really good in all of this hot weather! Thanks for sharing it. :)

Tina said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments....I will just go visit you rather than reply here. :-)

Couscous & Consciousness said...

I once heard a heart specialist interviewed on Tv saying that for a healthy heart you should eat an avocado a day, so I'm convinced they're good for you.

I love the combo of crab and avocado, if only we could get good crabmeat here without facing the possibility of debtor's prison!!

So pleased you joined in with us for Pot Luck week :-)

Kim said...

Delicious!! I think creamy avocado is so wonderful with seafood. I had it once with shrimp and it was a real winner. I think this was the perfect recipe to indulge in last week (it was so darn hot everywhere).

Tina said...

Thanks Sue and Kim!

Deb in Hawaii said...

I could eat a big plate of this right now. Crab and avocado (I vote for healthy!) ;-) is such a great apiring. Great pick!

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