Crab-and-Avocado Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

Creamy avocados plus delicate crabmeat plus a tart ginger-and-lemon vinaigrette equals one great salad. Substitute cooked shrimp or grilled scallops for the crab in the equation, if you like; the result will be just as delicious.

Yield: 4
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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
  • Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white- or rice-wine vinegar
  • 2 scallions including green tops, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • 3/4 pound watercress, tough stems removed (about 2 quarts)
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce (about 3/4 pound), cut crosswise into 1-inch strips (about 2 quarts)
  • 2 ripe avocados, preferably Haas, diced
  • 1/2 pound lump crabmeat, picked free of shell

Preparation

  1. 1. In a blender, combine the ginger, lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar, scallions, soy sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Pulse to chop. Add the oil and puree until smooth.
  2. 2. In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine the watercress, romaine, avocados, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Toss the salad with all but 3 tablespoons of the vinaigrette and mound the salad on plates.
  3. 3. Toss the crabmeat with the remaining vinaigrette. Spoon the dressed crabmeat over the salads.
  4. Wine Recommendation: Avocados are so rich it can be hard to find a wine to match. Opt for contrast instead by using a crisp Italian white wine such as Soave or Orvieto. Its fresh but neutral flavors will stand back and let the salad shine.
  5. Notes: Wait until you're ready to toss the salad before dicing the avocados. The acidity in the vinaigrette will keep them from turning brown.
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