Recipe: Dungeness crab salad with apples and curried mayonnaise

Recipe: Dungeness crab salad with apples and curried mayonnaise
TOUCH OF SPICE: Curry brings out the sweetness in Dungeness crab. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Total time:

25 minutes






You may substitute cooked, shelled shrimp, cut into bite-size pieces, for the crab.

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon curry powder


1 tablespoon snipped chives

3 tablespoons whipping cream

3 cups torn frisee

1 cup torn watercress

3/4 to 1 pound vacuum-packed Dungeness crab meat

1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into matchsticks

1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds

1. In a medium bowl,


combine the mayonnaise, curry powder and chives. In a separate, medium, chilled bowl, beat the whipping cream to soft peaks. Fold about one-third of the whipped cream into the mayonnaise to lighten it, then fold in the remaining whipped cream. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl,

toss together the frisee and watercress. Add just enough of the mayonnaise mixture to lightly coat, about 3 tablespoons. Toss, then transfer the salad to a platter.

3. In the same bowl,

add the crab and the apple. Fold together gently, taking care not to break up, then add one-half cup of the remaining mayonnaise and fold gently to very lightly coat (the curry flavor should not be dominant). You may have some dressing left over.

4. Arrange the crab mixture

in a low mound on the greens. Sprinkle the salad with toasted almonds and serve immediately.

Each serving:

291 calories; 17 grams protein; 9 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 22 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 66 mg. cholesterol; 411 mg. sodium.