A strong contender for the ultimate spring salad, here we have a simple trifecta of crab, avocado, and asparagus. With surprisingly affordable ingredients, one taste proves that you can indulge in fine fare without paying steep prices. If you happen to be a crab connoisseur, you could opt to splurge on jumbo lumb crab meat for this. However, as a landlocked frugalista, I chose the simple canned crab route. The taste was still fantastic, and the cost stayed under $2.00 a serving (for four people).
I first made this quick seafood salad for a spring potluck meal, where it was very well received. So well that in order to get more than a tiny bite, I had to make it again. Using some leftover asparagus, I made a small batch just for myself. After five minutes of minimal effort, I reaped a happy reward. The spritely taste and simplicity of preparation are already prompting me to make this salad again soon. It might need to become a weekly tradition while asparagus is in season. When the rest of the family is eating pizza on Sunday nights, I can gladly turn to this and offer my pity–and perhaps a taste.
Recipe for Crab and Asparagus Salad with Avocado
Adapted from Food and Wine
- 1 pound bunch of asparagus
- 2 medium ripe avocados
- 2 cans of crabmeat (170 g each), drained
- 2 spring onions, diced
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- sea salt to taste, to taste
- lemon pepper or sun-dried tomato & herb spice blend, to taste
- Bring 6 cups of salted water to a boil. Fill a separate bowl with 6 cups of cold water (ice is optional). Blanch the asparagus in the boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on how thick the spears are. Transfer the hot asparagus with tongs and plunge the spears in the cold water to cool. Remove asparagus from the cold water after a few minutes, and chop into 1-inch pieces.
- In a small non-reactive bowl, blend together lemon juice, oil, salt, and seasonings. Stir in diced green onions, followed by the crab meat.
- Peel and dice the avocado. Gently toss the asparagus, crab, and avocado together. Adjust the salt and seasoning to taste.