Crab, Corn, and Tomato Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing

This was nothing short of delicious! Terrific meal for a hot day when you don’t want heat in the kitchen. I couldn’t find lump crab meat so I got dungeness crab and cracked and cleaned it at home. July is the perfect time to make this salad with tomatoes and corn in season. I served this on arugula and sprinkled micro greens on top., paired with a 2013 French Bordeaux (Sauvignon & Semillon) and some bread for a five star dinner.

crab and corn salad


1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
1/4 cup thinly sliced basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1 pound lump crab meat, shell pieces removed
8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices ripe beefsteak tomato (I used heirloom)
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. Combine rind, 3 tablespoons juice, and next 5 ingredients (through black pepper) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
  2. Reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons juice mixture.
  3. Add remaining 2 tablespoons juice, corn, and next 4 ingredients (through crab) to remaining juice mixture; toss gently to coat.
  4. Arrange 2 tomato slices and 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes on each of 4 plates.
  5. Drizzle about 1 teaspoon reserved juice mixture over each serving.
  6. Top each serving with 1 cup corn and crab mixture.

Nutritional Information:
Calories 242
Calories from fat 21 %
Fat 5.6 g
Sat fat 0.6 g
Mono fat 2.7 g
Poly fat 0.7 g
Protein 30 g
Carbohydrate 17.7 g
Fiber 3.6 g
Cholesterol 128 mg
Iron 1.8 mg
Sodium 613 mg
Calcium 1 mg

Cooking Light, June 2008


Watermelon Sangria

There’s not too many things more refreshing than watermelon when it’s really hot out and this sangria knocks it out of the park. I made it from a couple of recipes I found on the internet. Here’s my take on both, which are at the bottom of this post.

watermelon sangaria

I used a dry rose instead of white wine. If you want to avoid adding sugar, you could use a sweeter rose (or white). Next time I’ll probably do that. Additionally, letting it sit at least 4 hours prior to serving makes a big difference. We had some immediately after making it and it was ok, however, the next afternoon, amazing!

12 cups cubed watermelon
1 bottle rose (if you don’t want to use sugar, use a sweeter rose)
1 cup (or less) of vodka
1/2 cup triple sec
Juice from 1 lime
Juice from 1 large orange
1/2 cup of simple syrup (or to taste) (How to make)
1 cup of fresh blueberries
1 orange quartered
1 lime quartered
1/2 cup of strawberries, muddled
Seltzer water (if you can find it, get the Watermelon Lime sparkling water)


  1. Place 9 cups of watermelon in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Strain through a mesh strainer into a large pitcher
  3. Mix in remaining ingredients
  4. Chill for 4 hours before serving

Mix evenly with sparkling water to serve. Some other variations on this that I haven’t tried but will, is mixing in mint or jalapeno with it. Depending on what you’re craving, the recipe can be varied.

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