If it is watermelon season and you are feeling a bit crafty, this Watermelon Crab Salad is for you.
Watermelon Crab Salad is a refreshing, healthy salad complete with crab meat, a touch of heat, and a good dose of watermelon. Perfect for a light lunch!
I had the idea for this dish last year well after watermelon season had ended. Sadly, I had to wait a while to test it out and make it happen, but here we are!
I love watermelon salad and the sculptures people create with those big melons, but let’s face it, I am not talented enough to carve a lion face into the side of one, like the ladies at ITSMeals.
To make something impressive and equally tasty, I decided to skip the sculpting classes and busted out my cookie cutters. If I mess that up, we have bigger issues.
Watermelon is a glorious fruit that actually comes from the gourd family. While eaten plain, it is a tasty, sweet treat that pairs fabulously with so many other flavors.
Sprinkle some salt and it will instantly intensify the flavor. Pair it with feta or goat cheese and you have a creamy, tart and sweet treat. You can even add it to a salsa for a bit of heat.
For this salad, I used a few items from my fridge and sweet, local Maryland blue crab meat. Add a little bit of jalapeno, lime, and salt, and watermelon, and you have one refreshing salad.
For more information on how to choose crab meat, check out my Crab and Shrimp Stuffed Shells with Sherry Cream Sauce. Make sure you check out my 7 tips for more interesting salads before you starting chopping!
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Watermelon Crab Salad is a refreshing salad with a little bit of heat.
- 2 large slices watermelon
- 1 cucumber seeded and finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves shredded
- 1 jalapeno seeded and finely minced
- 1 cup lump blue crab meat
- Juice of 2 fresh limes
Combine cucumber, basil, jalapeno, crab meat, and lime juice in a medium bowl. Place into the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Cut watermelon into 1 1/2 inch slices. Cut center with a cookie cutter, the shape of your choice, but make sure the center has enough space that you can hollow out a small hole to hold 2 tablespoons of crab meat mixture. You will need at least 4 cut-outs. Reserve the rest for snacking.
- Take each of the four slices and a small slice, about 1/2 inch, horizontally. This will be the lid.
- Spoon out the center of each cut-out to form a bowl.
- When ready to serve, spoon crab meat mixture into the centers of each watermelon bowl. Place the lid back on and serve. Enjoy!
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