Lump Crab and Avocado Salad

June 5, 2012

This is the time of year us in the Palm Beaches live for. Well at least the ones of us to like to dine (that’s everyone, right?). It’s the time of the year when all the snowbirds and seasonal residents (i.e. those with a summer home) flock north so us fools in 100+ degree weather can fend for ourselves. The endless stream of who’s-who parties cease, society publications die down… and fabulous restaurants and hotels offer bountiful discounts to woo us locals. It’s the time of the year for stay-cations and to eat out with somewhat reckless abandon at the fancier digs because prices come down and prix fixe meals are all over town. Proof: it’s currently Palm Beach Restaurant Week, which is in its first year with more than 35 restaurants, features lunches for $20.12 and dinner $30.12. At most of the places on the list, that’s a steal…. especially for dinner or a weekend lunch (or weekday lunches if you have nowhere to be with your happily full belly).

Want to get a sense of the dishes you’d test out if you dined? Check out this lump crab and avocado salad from West Palm Beach’s Pistache, awesomely prepared by Executive Chef Julien Gremaud. This dude is genius. This dish is one of my favorite around town — the husband and I always get it — as the flavors balance each other so well. Try it out, and if you stop in, thank this very sweet chef for sharing it with this grateful chick!


{Ingredients // serves approx. 4}
10 oz of jumbo lump crab
1 and half hass avocado, cubed
4 sticks of hearts of palm (fresh if possible) cut length wise
1 bunch of scallions chopped fine
segment of 2 florida oranges cut in half
sel de guerande and pepper to taste
4 oz of lemon dressing (see recipe below )
micro greens for garnish



In a large bowl mix all ingredients together, with a large spoon being careful to not break the crab lumps or the avocado lumps. Lay the bottom of the plate with the heart of palm then in a 3-inch diameter and 2-inch high ring, pour the salad mix. With the back of a spoon push down on the salad so it will hold its shape, then add the micro greens on top and cherry tomatoes.
lemon dressing
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

In a glass jar, combine olive oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic, sugar, and lemon rind; shake well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

{photo credit: libby volgyes / palm beach restaurant week}

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  • Fashion By Alicia

    Sounds like some great deals for the restaurant week.  I would be eating out all the time (it’s probably good I don’t live there).  That salad looks so yummy!

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      LOL, yeah, pre-Sarah we used to eat out all the time for something like this… guess she helps reign it in. :) 

  • PennyPincherFashion

    So hungry right now and this certainly isn’t helping - looks delish! :)

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      hahaha it’s so good! I’ve been wanting this restaurant all week now.

  • Jenny

    This looks amazing, the presentation is beautiful!  I might have to try this out :)

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Totally agree… presentation makes it! If you try it, let me know what you think. Enjoy! 

  • Kristin & Megan

    Crab and avocado…Two of my fave things!

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Same! It’s really such an excellent salad. 

  • Leeann @ Join the Gossip

    My mouth is watering! YUM!!

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      LOL, me too… all these days later. It’s so good. 

  • Megan Zietz

    mmmm love crab and avo!

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Right?? Delicious and pretty healthy.

  • Kaye Beeh

    oh my i cant wait to try this!

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      You will not be disappointed! 

  • Head to Toe Chic

    This looks amazing!! It’s restaurant week here in Raleigh, NC too and I absolutely love it. Such great deals.


    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Same!! Such an awesome way to experience some of the nicer restaurants.

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