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Citrus Crab Salad on Sourdough

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Citrus Crab Salad on Sourdough is a light, refreshing salad that’s bursting with bright flavors. It’s perfect for a light meal or served or an easy appetizer.

Citrus Crab Salad on Sourdough is a light, refreshing salad that's bursting with bright flavors. It's perfect for a light meal or served as an appetizer. | lisasdinnertimedish.com

I’ve been going a little crazy with salads this spring, but with good reason. They are light, refreshing, generally not too difficult to make and perfect as we move to summer dining when the temperatures are soaring.  

This citrus crab salad on sourdough is actually one of my husband, Steve’s, absolute favorites.  

Which really says something about how delicious it is because he is typically not a big salad guy.  

He doesn’t hate salads but he can usually take them or leave them, especially when it’s more of a main dish salad.

Citrus Crab Salad on Sourdough is a light, refreshing salad that's bursting with bright flavors. It's perfect for a light meal or served as an appetizer. | lisasdinnertimedish.com

This is a salad that I adapted slightly from a Rachael Ray recipe quite a few years ago. I haven’t made it in quite a long while, but then Steve reminded me about it not too long ago (remember, it’s his favorite), so it went on my list of things to make.  

Since it’s so scrumptious, I also had to make sure I shared it with all of you.

Now, I will tell you, this isn’t the most economical salad to make. Quality lump crab meat can be a little on the pricy side, but it’s definitely worth the splurge every once in a while.  

In the past, I’ve been able to find it at an OK price at Sam’s Club and Costco, but this time they didn’t have any. I ended up finding my crab at Trader Joe’s.

 The price didn’t make me gasp and it was really tasty.

Citrus Crab Salad on Sourdough is a light, refreshing salad that's bursting with bright flavors. It's perfect for a light meal or served as an appetizer. | lisasdinnertimedish.com

Cost aside, citrus crab salad on sourdough is actually fairly healthy and full of bright, fresh flavor. Not to mention, it’s super easy to make.  

We love it as a light main dish, but it’s also a great appetizer. In the past when I’ve made this, we ate it as part of what I like to call a “snack dinner”.  

I served the crab salad along with meat, cheese, crackers and fruit. It was a perfect summer meal out on the deck.

What ingredients are needed to make this easy crab salad?

  • Lump crab meat.
  • Lemon juice
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Fresh oregano
  • Fresh parsley
  • Navel oranges
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Green Onions
  • Sour dough or other crusty bread

How to make citrus crab salad:

  • Start by preparing the citrus dressing.
  • In a small bowl you’re going to mix together the juice from the lemon, red wine vinegar, oregano, parsley, zest from one of the oranges, salt, pepper and olive oil
  • Once your vinaigrette is mixed together, you’re going to put the crab meat in a larger bowl. Make sure you break it up with your fingers and remove any pieces of shell.
  • To prepare the oranges, cut the peel off both oranges. Then cut each orange into quarters and then cut each quarter into thin slices. Add the to the bowl with the crab.
  • Toss the crab mixture with the dressing and sliced green onions.
  • Finally, slice the sourdough bread, coat with olive oil and broil until toasted.
  • Serve the crab on top of the bread.

Citrus Crab Salad on Sourdough is a light, refreshing salad that's bursting with bright flavors. It's perfect for a light meal or served as an appetizer. | lisasdinnertimedish.com

Tips and tricks for making this citrus crab salad recipe:

  • While I highly recommend spending the extra money for the lump crab meat. You could use imitation crab as a substitute.
  • If you don’t have fresh oregano on hand, you can substitute 1/2 tsp or dried oregano. I have also used fresh thyme, along with the dried oregano.
  • For the best quality, I wouldn’t make this salad more than a couple of hours ahead of time. The longer it sits, the more liquid is released from the oranges, which will make the salad watery.
  • If you don’t want to serve this on top of bread, you can also serve it over a bed of lettuce, which is equally delicious.

Yield: 4

Citrus Crab Salad on Sourdough

Citrus Crab Salad on Sourdough

Citrus Crab Salad on Sourdough is a light, refreshing salad that's bursting with bright flavors. It's perfect for a light meal or served or an easy appetizer.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 navel oranges, 1 zested
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus more for the bread
  • 1 lb lump crab meat
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 loaf sour dough bread (or other crusty bread)

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano, parsley, zest from 1 orange, salt and pepper.
  • Slowly whisk olive oil into mixture, until well combined. Set aside.
  • Cut the peels off of the oranges and then cut each orange into quarters and thinly slice each quarter, crosswise.
  • Combine the orange slices, crab and green onion, then toss with the dressing.
  • Preheat broiler.
  • Slice bread and drizzle each side with olive oil.
  • Place bread on a sheet pan and broil on each side until toasted and golden brown.
  • Mound the salad on top of the bread slices to serve.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    4

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 669Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 1522mgCarbohydrates: 84gFiber: 5gSugar: 20gProtein: 35g

    Citrus Crab Salad on Sourdough is a light, refreshing salad that's bursting with bright flavors. It's perfect for a light meal or served as an appetizer. | lisasdinnertimedish.com

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    Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    Monday 8th of August 2016

    I love the combination of flavors here and your photos are so beautiful!

    Angela

    Sunday 7th of August 2016

    Absolutely mouthwatering recipe. Sounds like a great summer lunch

    Jennifer A Stewart

    Sunday 7th of August 2016

    What a fun and delicious dish! I love that you can make it as a salad to top greens with, or on bread as an appetizer fit for a royal party!!

    Lori Vachon

    Sunday 7th of August 2016

    Such a lovely salad, I adore all of the flavors you've combined!

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