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California Crab Salad

This elegant summer salad is packed with nutrition. Chilled fresh or canned crab in a light dressing is served with avocados, tomatoes and spring greens. | Share

Nothing evokes the California dining experience like an epicurean health conscious lunch.  This salad includes some typical west coast ingredients and flavours.  

Santa Monica, California, USA. Photo: Matthew LeJune
Crab salad options

Try using homemade green tomato relish instead of the store-bought green relish.  You may also choose to substitute a number of greens like a spring mix or even baby spinach. Chili sauce or French vinaigrette can be substituted for the Catalina salad dressing.

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California Crab Salad

Kevin Lamoureux
This elegant summer crab salad in a light dressing with avocado and tomato is served over spring greens or Bibb lettuce.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 338 kcal


For the Plates

  • ½ head of Boston or Bibb lettuce washed and separated
  • 1 avocado halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • ½ cup fresh dill for garnish

For the Topping

  • 1 rib of celery chopped
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper chopped
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp sweet green relish
  • 1 tbsp Catalina style salad dressing
  • ½ cup shredded cooked crab meat or 1, 4 oz can
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


  • Arrange the plate ingredients then place the plates in the refrigerator to chill.
  • Mix the topping ingredients and spoon on top of the lettuce.
  • Garnish and serve immediately.


Garnish with fresh dill and serve with a wedge lime (optional).
Per serving
Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 9g | Iron: 2mg
Keyword crab, salad

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