Friday, August 19, 2011

Dungeness Crab Salad


It's Friday and that usually means seafood in some form around here.  Growing up, we usually had seafood on Saturday.  That was because we were "inlanders" and the local fish markets had the freshest fish on Saturday.  Mother went to the farmer's market and the fish market on Saturday morning for as long as I can remember.  We girls were never allowed to go because it wasn't in a "good" area.  Today that same area in my home town is a destination.  The derelict buildings around the market have been renovated into shops, galleries and restaurants.  The farmer's market is still there--a permanent one and one of the oldest in the country.

I don't think those fish markets sold Dungeness crabs.  If they did, one never arrived at our table.



These large crustaceans (7 to 9 inches across the body span) live in the eelgrass beds and water bottoms along the west coast of North America.  Their shells are very hard.  Their meat is sweet and pleasant.  I had my very first one in....Lubbock, Texas!  A friend's mother came from San Francisco at Christmas toting a few of these beauties (already steamed and in a frozen state) on the plane.  Our families had dinner together and a crab appetizer started the meal.  I've managed to have Dungeness crab in some form on every trip to the bay area since.

This salad was right here at home thanks to Costco's Friday and Saturday seafood market.


Dungeness Crab Salad

1 large steamed Dungeness crab with meat removed in various sized pieces

Dressing:
2 Tbsp white wine or white balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
zest of one lime
2 tsp honey
1/2 c. vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk the dressing ingredients together until well blended.  Pour over crab and serve on a bed of fresh lettuce greens.

ENJOY!

15 comments:

  1. Crab is my favorite of all seafood. That costco's has everything and then some.
    Will look over the crab at the farmers market this weekend, you have my mouth watering.

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  2. Yummy! I love seafood....any seafood. The salad is beautiful with all the big lumps of crap. Hugs, Bonnie

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  3. I've actually never had dungeness crab OR crab salad! Looks great though!

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  4. It's so interesting isn't it, to see the renewal of less than desirable parts of our towns. And the younger set love to jump right in, live there, and help rebuild. Your salad looks yummy.

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  5. Now your speaking my language! Wow, it looks so fresh and tempting and just delicious. YUMMY!

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  6. I love crab so much that I can end up eating too much. We eat it on Christmas eve every year.

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  7. Oh it looks good. So which kind of crab is considered to be the best, it it this one, maybe the blue ones, I know there are lots of kinds. Don't you just love going to Costco? By the way, they have their own canned salmon, and it is supposed to be a cut above the rest. Boneless wild sockeye! Even gourmet cooks like it and it's good for when you don't have anything on hand. I have some but have not opened it yet. I was thinking of trying your salmon and pasta recipe again, but with this kind.

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  8. my mother loved eating crab and loved catching them, she would spend hours at the river dragging them in one by one, filling her bucket. i cried because she boiled them alive. looking back I don't know why they did adopt me out. i cried when daddy ate the doves and when he killed our chickens.

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  9. What a perfectly lovely salad. It looks delicious and I would have loved to be at your table when it was served. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  10. Oh my, I wish we had a Costco nearby. I only have Sam's Club and I've never seen beautiful seafood like this. My local grocery store does sell frozen Dungeness crabs though. Now I'm wishing I had crab salad instead of the trout I'm fixing for dinner tonight!

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  11. I LOVE crab!!! Actually, I love all shellfish. This looks totally to die for!!

    I wanted to let you know that I have given your blog an award. Please see the most recent post on my movie blog for details.

    Blessings,
    Patti

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  12. That salad looks so delicious, Bonnie! Yum! You had your first Dungeness in an interesting part of the country. I'll bet there aren't that many others who can claim having their first one in Lubbock! ;) Enjoyed hearing about your Mom shopping at the Farmer's Market. And, Costco's it amazing! Have a great weekend. blessings ~ tanna

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  13. I'm jealous of the fresh crab! That salad sounds scruptious!

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  14. Ok, I searched and searched for my luncheon invitation from you but...?

    Love this,

    Sharon

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  15. Dungeness crab is my favorite seafood. I usually use a heavier dressing on our crab salads, but your version looks delicious. I'll give it a try the next time I splurge on crab.

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