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Summer Crab Salad recipe

Summer Crab Salad recipe

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I love small salads for lunch to keep the calories down and this one fits the bill! Spinach leaves are packed with iron, blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and crab has omega 3 fatty acids. A guaranteed healthy meal that's easy to throw together and take to the office.

5 people made this

IngredientsServes: 1

  • 25g fresh spinach leaves
  • 75g cherry tomatoes
  • 50g blueberries
  • 170g tin crab meat in brine, drained
  • 50ml high quality balsamic vinegar

MethodPrep:5min ›Ready in:5min

  1. Arrange spinach, crab, cherry tomatoes and blueberries on a plate. Pour over balsamic vinegar and enjoy!

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A rather luxurious salad here, one for a special occasion. I sometimes use this as a first course instead of a light lunch, in which case it will serve three, rather elegantly. In a perfect world you could use your own home-cooked crab, but

I often use ready-dressed crab from the fishmonger's.

Enough for 2
small, red chilli 1
thin spring onions 2
cucumber a 10cm piece
avocados 2, small
mixed crabmeat 300g

For the dressing
palm sugar or golden caster sugar 1 heaped tsp
fish sauce (nam pla) 1 tbsp
lime juice 3 tbsp
coriander leaves a handful

To serve
ciabatta 4 slices
lime ½
olive oil a little

Seed and very finely chop the chilli. Cut the spring onions into very fine slices and add to the chilli. Peel the cucumber, halve it, scrape out the seeds with a teaspoon, then dice the flesh into tiny cubes.

Remove the flesh from the avocados and dice it finely. Toss the cucumber and avocado with the spring onions and chilli.

Put the sugar in a small mixing bowl, add the fish sauce and lime juice and stir till the sugar is dissolved. Chop the coriander leaves and stir into the dressing. No further seasoning is necessary.

Toast the slices of bread till crisp, rub with the cut side of the lime to release a little of the juice, then trickle over enough olive oil to saturate each one.

Put the crabmeat in a mixing bowl with the cucumber and avocado mixture, pour over the dressing and toss very gently, using a fork to mix.

Pile on to plates and serve with the lime toasts.

From The Kitchen Diaries II by Nigel Slater (Fourth Estate, RRP £30)
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Keto Crab Salad Recipe

Create this hearty crab salad for a cool meal on a hot summer weekend while camping.

This lower carb recipe is also perfect for potlucks.

When we were on our Mississippi River camping trip, we met a nice couple at Wyalusing State Park.

They had a really cool trailer, which prompted a conversation and we met Peg & Al. We hung out with them a few nights, watching the sunset from their ridge side site.

They were finishing up dinner as we arrived one night and it was a very interesting pasta salad which included cheese sticks. She shared how she made this easy pasta crab salad.

We adapted the recipe with coleslaw instead of pasta, which makes it a keto recipe.

I made it at home right away and we devoured it.

Now it is our go-to for our first night of camping. It is very easy to make ahead at home and take with you.

Low Carb Crab Salad Recipe

When Eric first tasted this salad, he said there was NONE for me. He was joking because this makes quite a large amount and we couldn&rsquot finish it all. He called dibs on the leftovers.

This keto salad was all we had for dinner, and we were FULL!

It is so cool and refreshing. Especially after a long hot day of hiking or biking. The little cheese stick discs make this recipe a lot of fun!

We love it so much that we will make it at home to eat when it is not camping season.

Would you prefer to use pasta or coleslaw? Would you add any different ingredients?

I think cut grapes would be good to add.

Thank you to Peg for sharing this recipe. We are happy to have you as part of the Let&rsquos Camp S&rsquomore Mod Squad.

Crab Pasta Salad

This Crab Pasta Salad is a family recipe, one of my favorites! Packed with veggies and delicious flavor, it’s a staple at summer BBQs! This crab pasta salad is made with Italian dressing and either Spike or Old Bay Seasoning.

It is made with imitation crab, though you could certainly substitute real crab meat int his pasta salad. The pasta shells work perfectly in this recipe, holding on to the sauce and making a great crab pasta salad recipe that you will want to make again and again. Looking for more recipes to bring to your potluck?

Today my mom would have been 69 years old. And I’m sure that she would have loved me sharing that with the internets.

Or maybe at this point in her life, she would have been completely cool with it. She might have even worn it as a badge of honor.

My mom was diagnosed with fourth stage metastatic breast cancer when she was 57 years old. I was just shy of my 21st birthday. I remember vividly taking a walk with her in the brisk cold April Wisconsin weather just after she was diagnosed. I can remember the exact coat and hat she was wearing. Her doctors had told her to just go home and enjoy the last month of her life with her family. She was talking about fighting. She was talking in terms of years. And she was saying if she could just have two more years. She and I agreed that that would be amazing.

And then two years flew by.

I graduated college, started graduate school, bought a house, got engaged.

Two years wasn’t nearly enough. There was no time that would have been enough.

After I became pregnant with Gavin my mom told me all confession style that she had really wanted to live just to see me get pregnant. And then Gavin was here, and just hours later she made her exit. Like once she knew he and I were safe she could succumb and give her body some peace.

Regularly I think to myself, “Okay, now I really need my mom.” As if all the challenges that came before were just a rehearsal compared to this current challenge. I mean, I’m totally kidding myself. There was nothing about Elliot that was a dress rehearsal. It’s just that when you are in the current challenge, and the past is the past . . . you get it.

I’ve been having those moments recently. The “Okay, now I really need my mom,” moments. And I just keep thinking that if I can’t have her here, the least I can do for myself is try to be the kid that she would have been proud to have raised. Scratch that. My mom would never have wanted to take credit for my poise, strength, patience with my screaming kids, etc. . . . I want to be the kid that I feel like lives up to the amazing mom that Betty was.

So that was kind of intense for a Friday morning, huh?

Let’s have some Crab Pasta Salad, shall we?

This was one of my mom’s recipes and I LOVE it. It was one of those recipes that meant summer to me. One of those recipes that I would just stand in the door of the fridge and eat out of the container with a fork when I was a teenager, until my mom would walk in and say, “Lisa. Just put some in a bowl for yourself.” Sooooooooo good!

One of the things you are going to love about this recipe is that it is super forgiving. My mom didn’t even use a recipe. The recipe I have from her is like, “a generous squirt of mustard.” So if you don’t really like that much dressing on your pasta salads, just cut back on the yogurt. Don’t like olives? Leave ’em out. No celery? Add some frozen peas instead. You get it.

Make it for your summer picnics and love it year after year!

If you make this recipe leave me a comment letting me know what you think!

I tripled your recipe and was very pleased with the outcome. At the gathering I took it to, the people raved. Thank you.

Watch the video: Crab Salad! Great summer time recipe! (December 2021).