Seafood Avocado Salad

Operation “Make Salads for Lunch” continues with this phenomenal salad from the cookbook “Salad for Dinner” by Jeanne Kelley (check out the Recommended Cookbooks section to find her book online – it’s one of my favorites and worth the money!)

Anyways!  I was first drawn to this recipe because I have a thing for avocados.  9 times out of 10 when I go to a restaurant and avocados are in the dish, I order it (note: the main part of the dish is irrelevant).  So, naturally. I had to give this one a try!

I made this salad for dinner last night and kept the second half for lunch the next day at work.  When making the salad, don’t mix in the lettuce, avocado, and dressing until you’re ready to eat it.  Lettuce especially won’t keep well if you drench it in dressing and let it sit over night.  I simply kept the chopped avocado, dressing, and lettuce in separate containers and quickly tossed them together with the seafood salad mixture before I left for work.  And if it’s possible, the salad was even better the next day.

Seafood Avocado Salad: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients for Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1.5 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions for Dressing:

  • Whisk the lemon juice, tarragon, mustard, garlic, and salt to blend in a small bowl.
  • Gradually whisk in olive oil.

Ingredients for Salad:

  • 8 ounces crabmeat
  • 8 ounces of shrimp
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 head butter lettuce, separated into leaves
  • 2 ripe large avocados, halved, peeled, and pitted
  • Tarragon leaves

Instructions for Salad:

  • Combine crabmeat, shrimp, and green onions into medium bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of dressing to the seafood salad and stir gently (at this point if you plan on saving some of the salad for the next day, split it up into a separate bowl)
  • Line plates with butter lettuce.  Top each with avocado and salad mixture.  Drizzle remaining dressing over the salad

Good luck, and happy eating!

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