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Crab Salad with Lemon-Tarragon Vinaigrette


Living by the coast has its perks, one of them being same day fresh dungeness crab. It’s something I look forward to every winter, perhaps even more than the holiday season. Best of all, making crab is a great excuse to stay indoors and entertain with friends.

This salad is light, yet full-bodied enough to satisfy your hungry boyfriend. I followed this recipe to cook the crab (make sure to ask your seafood purveyor to crack and clean the crab; Whole Foods will do it for free), which is a great meal for dinner itself. Truth be told, this salad was created because of leftovers from the aforementioned dish. And it was so good.

To make the salad, I combined the cooked lump crab meat with arugula, grapefruit slices, carrot ribbons, green onions and toasted walnuts. Toss it together with a fresh lemon-tarragon vinaigrette, and you have a gourmet crab salad made to impress even the most discerning eaters.

Crab Salad with Lemon-Tarragon Vinaigrette

You will need:

2 cups cooked lump crab meat (roughly)

4 cups organic arugula

1 grapefruit; cut into slices

1 cup walnuts; toasted with olive oil and a hint of brown sugar

1 carrot; shaved into thin ribbons (use a potato peeler)

3 Tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp finely grated lemon zest (zest of 1 lemon)

1 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves

2 cloves of garlic; whole

2 tsp minced green onions

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

1 tsp honey

1. To make the dressing, combine tarragon, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and honey. Blend until smooth using a food processor.

2. Combine lump crab meat, grapefruit slices, toasted walnuts, carrots, and green onion. Serve on top of a bed of arugula and lightly toss with dressing.



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Golden Winter Salad

Sometimes I forget that most of the country is at the mercy of a cold winter. It’s like San Francisco and the sun worked out some kind of agreement, so we can just skip the cold weather altogether and participate in outdoor activities that probably involve food and drink. Oh, to be anything but a San Franciscan seems quite unimaginable at times.

I was inspired to make this winter panzanella style salad by the beautiful weather. I wanted to create a salad fit for summer sunshine but hearty enough to compromise an entire meal. Panzanella is a Florentine salad that uses stale soaked bread, and is most popular in the summer seasons. Don’t be fooled by the rustic toasty bread, as the main act lies within the golden roasted beets and roasted fennel with orange zest. It’s positively yummy.


5 large golden beets, roasted, peeled and chopped

Sherry Vinegar

2 large fennel bulbs, sliced, and roasted with salt, pepper, and olive oil

Orange zest

1 loaf of french bread, cut into cubes and soaked in olive oil

1 head of butter lettuce

1 cup of goat cheese

1/4 cup of pine nuts, toasted

1 cup of simple garlic lemon dressing

salt and pepper to taste

extra virgin olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Chop bread into 1″ cubes and soak with 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Season with sea salt, and roast in oven for 15 minutes or until crispy.

2. Clean and prepare beets. Slice off tops and stems, and arrange in a deep baking dish or dutch oven. Fill dish with enough water to cover half of the beets or 1″. Cover and roast for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until beets are just tender and can be pierced with a fork. Remove from oven, and let rest for 5 minutes. Remove skins when cool enough to handle, and chop. Add sea salt to taste and a few dashes of sherry vinegar. Set aside.


3. Once the beets are in the oven, clean and prepare the fennel. Remove bottoms and stems, and slice into thin strips. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and toss with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper. Bake alongside the beets for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, season with orange zest, and set aside.

4. Assemble salad: combine beets, fennel, chopped butter lettuce, and toss with crumbled goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, and simple garlic lemon dressing (below).

Simple Garlic Lemon Dressing

2 garlic cloves

2 lemons, juiced

1/4 cup olive oil

sea salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp honey

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

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