At the fish counter in Central Market, they carry these little tubs of gorgeous, fresh crab claw meat… Every time I go in, I stare longingly at them, wishing I knew how to make something other than crab cakes. Well, the day has finally come… I ran across a Martha Stewart recipe for a salad with peaches and crab meat, so I adapted it last night to be Paleo-friendly (and to my liking!). The only downside was that it took a little longer than I planned, so I was on the ravenous side when I finally gobbled it up. I also had to stop myself from just eating the crab meat straight out of the tub. Don’t tell.
Peach, Crab, and Citrus Summer Salad
Quantity: 4 servings
Time: 20 minutes active, a little over an hour total time
Paleo Grade: A- (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, does does contain all-natural sugar content from the peaches and fresh OJ)
For the Dressing
- 3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (about 3 oranges)
- 1 Tbs. agave nectar
- 2.5 Tbs. ground coriander
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
For the Salad
- 2 large or 3 small peaches, pitted and sliced into 1/2″ wedges
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1 tsp. fresh mint, julienned
- 1.5 cup fresh jumbo lump crab meat
- Extra-virgin olive oil, to drizzle
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3 cups spring greens mix
Make Your Dressing…
- Combine orange juice, agave nectar, and coriander in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring regularly.
- Remove from heat, cover, and let cool for 30 minutes.
- Strain dressing and add lime juice.
Pull Together the Salad…
- Combine peaches, jalapeno, chile, shallot, mint, and 1 cup of the orange dressing in a bowl and let stand for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a separate bowl, add crab meat and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add peaches to crab bowl using a slotted spoon, reserving the dressing.
- Add spring greens, 1/2 cup of reserved dressing, salt and pepper… Toss gently.
Vegetarian? Just omit the crab meat… the salad stands wonderfully without it!