Fresh Crab Salad with Lime Zest

Patricia Wells first sampled a variation of this crab salad as part of a luxurious dish served at Pic, a restaurant in Valence, where Anne Sophie Pic is following in the family's august culinary tradition. Fresh crabmeat is such a delicacy that Wells made the crab salad into a recipe that can stand alone.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 pound fresh lump crabmeat, picked over
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Lettuce leaves, for garnish
  • Lime wedges, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise with the lime zest and lime juice. Gently fold in the crabmeat and season with salt and pepper. Arrange lettuce leaves on a platter or plates and mound the crab salad on top. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

Make Ahead

The crab salad can be refrigerated for 4 hours. Mound it on the lettuce and serve cold or lightly chilled.


One Serving Calories 191 kcal, Total Fat 10.2 gm, Saturated Fat 1.5 gm, Protein 23 gm, Carbohydrates 1 gm.

Suggested Pairing

A chilled dry Sauvignon Blanc, like a Quincy from the Loire.

Contributed By Photo © Quentin Bacon Published January 2001

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