Crab Salad with Celery

Oh oops there’s jumbo lump crab in this salad, oops.


Sure it’s Friday and sure it’s always to fun to end the week with something super decadent and oozy and rich and slow-motion-in-front-of-a-fan worthy. Sure.

But get this. We can totally do that with this crab and celery salad! Oh but we can!

ALLOW ME TO ELABORATE: (you just rolled your eyes I could feel it)

A) Jumbo lump crab. I almost can’t type it out without completely losing my mind. Have you ever had it? Yes it’s stupid expensive. But go to the store today, pick up a little can, open it, drain it, stick your nose right down in that and TELL me you don’t momentarily slip into the fourth dimension. Just try and tell me.

B) Crunchy, crispy celery. Ya don’t often think about celery being a staple in a salad, but it’s actually quite stellar in this here situation. AND did you know that you actually burn calories while eating celery? Yeah! All the work it takes to chew it, you’re totally working out. I think I learned this from Clueless or something. So we know we can trust it.

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C) I want to wax your face off about the hard-boiled eggs and the juicy halved cherry tomatoes and the bright lemon dressing and all that fresh parsley, but honestly, all I can think about is the crab. The craaaaabbbbaaaa. (Oh! Let’s start a band: Crabba) It’s like dumping solid gold into your face with a backhoe. No imitation, duders. Jumbo lump it. I’m telling you, SNIFF THAT


So see? You can picture it now. There we are, with a huge platter of this crab and celery salad. A fan blowing our Farrah Fawcett hair, in a red bathing suit. Okay ew scratch the bathing suit idea. But we’re slowly shoveling loads of salad into our heads, bedroom-eying the camera, in slow motion, and a little piece of the succulent crab kind of dribbles down our chin, but we don’t care, and some parsley gets stuck in our teeth, but whatever, we’re so happy. So blissful. So euphoric.

So . . . okay, weird.



Crab Salad with Celery:

(totally inspired by Lidia)

What it took for 1 large salad:

* 2 eggs, hard-boiled and roughly chopped
* 4 stalks celery, diced
* 1(6.5 oz) can jumbo lump crab, drained
* 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
* 1/3 cup freshly chopped parsley
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

In a large bowl combine the eggs through the parsley.

In a small bowl whisk together the oil, lemon juice, a pinch of salt and pepper.

Now this is hard stuff, so pay attention. Drizzle the dressing over the crab and celery salad. Toss it. That’s . . . it.


OMG it’s so insane you don’t even know.


What about a baby blue bathing suit?!


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35 Responses to Crab Salad with Celery

  1. claire @ the realistic nutritionist March 8, 2013 at 8:02 am #
    I love crabs :) in salads, of course.
  2. Tieghan March 8, 2013 at 8:04 am #
    Love this, look so good!
  3. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite March 8, 2013 at 8:24 am #
    This salad looks beautiful Bev!
  4. Jen @ Savory Simple March 8, 2013 at 8:29 am #
    Jumbo lump is the only way to go!
  5. Heather @ Heather's Dish March 8, 2013 at 8:54 am #
    Wait, what's wrong with the red bathing suit? I don't care what color I get to wear as long as I have the Farrah Fawcett hair ;)
  6. Heather March 8, 2013 at 9:08 am #
    It's worth the splurge!
  7. Little Kitchie March 8, 2013 at 9:29 am #
    I'm right there with ya on jumbo lump crab. It is TO DIE FOR. Salad looks and sounds fab!
  8. Anne @The Cooking Campaign March 8, 2013 at 10:23 am #
    This look soo beautiful and delicious. If it weren't snowing right now I would make this instead of the soup I'm cooking!
  9. Cookin' Canuck March 8, 2013 at 10:29 am #
    I have that kind of reaction to lump crab meat, too. It's my kryptonite. So that, of course, means that I love this salad.
  10. Laurie {SimplyScratch} March 8, 2013 at 10:53 am #
    Only you Bev can make lump crab look amazing... and the whole bit on burning calories while chewing celery... SOLD!
  11. Shaina March 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm #
    I need this in my life.
  12. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl March 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm #
    Mmm..crabba..... PS: I literally said "eww" to the bathing suit suggestion right as you said. Glad we're on the same page. The fan can totally stay though.
  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks March 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm #
    Bev this is just a gorgeous salad!
  14. Amanda March 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm #
    Love this, Bev! Swoon!
  15. Sharla March 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm #
    The Lic's deli sign today said "Spicy Crab Quesadillas" and I was really tempted to stop even knowing it would be imitation and likely pretty greasy. This JUMBO LUMP CRAB is definitely more my style!!
  16. a farmer in the dell March 9, 2013 at 12:01 am #
    hand me a fork and a plate full of this salad.
  17. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. March 9, 2013 at 12:23 am #
    I think this is totally acceptable for a Friday or pretty much any other day.
  18. Megan @ Country Cleaver March 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm #
    I want this a crazy stupid and completely astronomical amount.
  19. Paula - bell'alimento March 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm #
    Gurlllllllll. This. Is. Killing. Me.
  20. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch March 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm #
    This looks de-li-cious and oh so pretty!!!
  21. Bev March 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm #
    Ah! Very nice crab salad recipe! Would definitely go with lump crab meat and not canned if at all possible. Thank you!
  22. Jill March 10, 2013 at 8:26 am #
    This sounds like my idea of salad heaven! Can't wait to try it.
  23. Tracey @ Cooking with Love March 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm #
    This is possibly the most beautiful salad I have ever seen! Looks sooo fresh! :)
  24. S. @ The Captivating Life March 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm #
    That's so pretty that I would, for just a moment, consider not eating it. Then I would realize that's ridiculous and then devour that salad. It looks so good!
  25. Lou Lou March 21, 2013 at 10:16 am #
    Okay so celery salad is a staple in my house. My middle school’r cant make lunch fast enough when we have left overs.. and my 2 year old will forsake all others for 2 bowls of celery salad for dinner!!! generally its a Caesar dressing, chopped celery including the leaves, parmesan cheese explosion in you taste buds.... and I have bee wanting to spruce it up... YOU HAVE DONE IT! YOU HAVE GIVIEM MY CELERY SALAD NEW LIFE!!! Also, you have the most wonderfully witty sense of humor... i find I'm reading your posts JUST to literally laughs out loud!! KEEP DOIN WHAT YOU DO!!!
  26. Lindsey Stell April 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm #
    Hi, I am with Sage Magazine and we would love to feature this in our magazine. Just let us know if you are interested. Thank you!,
  27. amina May 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm #
    I'm making this salad I purchased all my ingredients today since jumbo lump crab meat was on sale looking forward to tomorrow!
  28. amina May 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm #
    Ok I made this today 3/9/2013 I'm going to honest I fold the cipe almost to a T I omitted the eeye yolks it tastgood but not Great I questioned what did I do wrong I I figured it out I brought the wrong crab meat (smh) instead of jumbo lump crab meat I purchased jumbo can 1lb crab meat pasteurized not to disappointed because it still taste good but next time will pay close attention to the crab meat I purchase oh and add a pinch of celery salt to enhanced the flavor of the celery ...
  29. willie August 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm #
    this is delicous!!!!, even tho i made it with imatation crab and lobster. i love seafood, and never had it with the tomatoes. thanks : )


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