Crab, Apple and Watercress Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette
© Petrina Tinslay

Crab, Apple and Watercress Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette


Sweet-tasting lump crab is sold precooked, so it's perfect for a fast meal. Melissa Rubel Jacobson uses it here in a crunchy salad that gets a double dose of nutty flavor from walnuts and walnut oil.

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  1. 2 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  2. 1 small shallot, minced
  3. 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  4. 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  5. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  6. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  7. 2 bunches of watercress (about 14 ounces), thick stems discarded
  8. 1 pound jumbo lump crab, picked over and drained
  9. 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  10. 1 Granny Smith apple, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  11. 1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  1. In a bowl, whisk the vinegar with the shallot and mustard. Whisk in the walnut and olive oils and season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the watercress with 3 tablespoons of the dressing. In another medium bowl, gently toss the crab with the celery, apple, walnuts and the remaining dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the watercress to plates, top with the crab salad and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Chardonnay aged in new oak barrels has notes of vanilla and toast that go nicely with this nutty seafood salad. Look for one from Sonoma's Russian River Valley.