A delicious, light and summery Crab Salad with Asian Herb Dressing; perfect for the holiday season with a glass of champagne.
It’s been a pretty ‘meh’ week so far and I can’t wait for it to get over. My health took a beating and what followed were days of extreme fatigue and tiredness. And I think when women fall sick, we tend to suffer more emotionally than physically.
The week actually started off on a really good note. On Monday, I went on an impromptu lunch date with two of my girlfriends and we had a really good time. Those stolen couple of hours for ourselves were a blessing in our otherwise harried lives. But the euphoria didn’t last long because by the end of the day, I started feeling weak and terrible.
I hardly got any cooking done, surviving on takeaways and basics the whole week. I am quite behind on deadlines but I really couldn’t care less. A big lesson I have learnt is to listen to your body and slow down when it tells you to and I am doing just that. And since I hadn’t tried out anything new, I decided to share with you guys a gorgeous salad that I did a while ago for a client – a Crab Salad with Asian Herb Dressing.
If you like delicate flavours, then you will love this Crab salad with Asian herb dressing. It’s light and summery with a hint of heat from the chillies and aromatics. And that fresh herb dressing only adds to the sweetness of the crab meat.
Purchasing crab meat can be an expensive affair and I would recommend getting those huge mud crabs and taking the meat out yourself. A bit time consuming but way more affordable. And if you have kids, get them onto it…will keep them silent for a while though you might end up with shells all around.
Excellent as a refreshing salad on its own, but it can become the most gorgeous looking party canapé just as easily. I used fried Indian pappads to become a crunchy vehicle for this beautiful salad. You can find all sorts of small sized pappads in Indian stores (sometimes in major supermarkets too). I used the masala pappads for that extra dash of flavour but you can use plain/pepper or cumin studded ones. Generally as an accompaniment, I tend to roast the pappads but for a canapé, I prefer fried as it stays crisp for longer.
You could also opt for crackers or mild flavoured potato crisps….anything crispy that doesn’t overtake the sweet freshness of the salad. A glass of champagne and this pretty canapé is bound to get conversation flowing….
And as always, I love to hear from you when you have tried any of my recipes. Feel free to drop a comment, mail or share on social media (remember #thespiceadventuress so that I will not miss it). Have a great weekend folks!
For more crab recipes; visit the Seafood archives.
Crab Salad with Asian Herb Dressing
- 400 gms white crab meat
- 1 small Lebanese cucumber; chopped finely
- 1 small red onion; chopped finely
- Salt to season
- ½ tbsp coriander leaves; finely chopped for garnish
For the dressing:
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
- 5 mint leaves; finely chopped
- 1 green chilli; chopped finely
- 1 tsp jaggery/palm sugar
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- Mini masala pappads
- Kashmiri chilli powder; for garnish
- Lemon slices; for garnish
- If you are buying whole crabs, then buy large ones and boil for a couple of minutes with salt; pick out the meat carefully ensuring that there are no shell pieces.
- Add the finely chopped cucumber and onion to the crab meat.
- In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients required for the dressing. Taste and adjust the seasoning as required (the measurements should only be taken as a guideline as the taste can vary according to the variety/brand of the ingredients).
- Add ¾ ths of the dressing to the crab meat just before serving; season with salt and mix lightly. Taste and add more dressing if necessary.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and serve immediately as a salad.
- This salad can also be a gorgeous looking canapé.
- Fry mini pappads (or any other wafer), drain well on a kitchen paper. Pappads can be roasted but frying keeps it crispy for longer.
- Just before serving, arrange the pappads on a platter; spoon a little of the salad on each pappad and garnish with a pinch of Kashmiri chilli powder. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.