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Alaska King Crab Salad
with Avocado, Grapefruit and Citrus Ginger Vinaigrette

Alaska King Crab Salad with Avocado, Grapefruit and Citrus Ginger VinaigretteRecipe courtesy of Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil or light olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch cayenne

2 pounds Alaska King Crab legs, thawed if necessary
1 large or 2 small Ruby Red grapefruit
1 head butter lettuce
1 small head Belgian endive
1 avocado
1/3 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Make the Vinaigrette First: In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients until well combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. You can make the vinaigrette up to 3 days in advance.
  2. Using kitchen shears, cut Alaska King crab shells open and remove crabmeat from shells. Chop or shred meat, if desired.
  3. Cut the peel and all the white pith from the grapefruit, exposing the flesh. With a small paring knife, cut out the grapefruit segments and place in a bowl; set aside.
  4. Wash the butter lettuce and spin dry. Use mainly the inner leaves of the butter lettuce, tearing larger leaves into bite-sized pieces if necessary. Cut the "root" end off the Belgian endive, then peel off each leaf. Arrange the leaves in a stack and cut them in half lengthwise. Cut the avocado in quarters; peel and slice thinly.
  5. Toss the lettuce and endive with half of the vinaigrette. Divide between 4 oversized dinner plates, placing the greens in high mounds and pulling some endive pieces to the top. Divide the avocado slices and grapefruit segments on top of each salad. Divide the crabmeat between salads then sprinkle salad with toasted almonds and pomegranate seeds. Pass the remaining salad dressing to drizzle over the top of the crab. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 593; Total Fat: 33g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 95mg; Total Carbs: 28g; Fiber: 9g; Protein: 48g; Sodium: 2140mg.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.