Crabmeat Salad Stuffed Avocados

Crabmeat, to me, means summertime.

I spent my childhood summers in Maine, where there is no shortage of rocky coastlines, cute little seaside towns, and warm-weather seafood festivals.

There is also no shortage of seafood “shacks” (for lack of a better word).

The kind of place where you can stroll in wearing shorts and sandals, order at the counter, take a seat at a picnic table, and then dig into a feast fit for a king (fresh-caught lobster, mussels, clams, etc.).

When I go back to visit Maine in the summertime, I love to eat crabmeat rolls (crabmeat mixed with mayo and stuffed into a butter-slathered, toasted roll).

But for this post, I wanted something a little healthier than crabmeat stuffed into buttered white bread.

So I added lots of flavorful fresh veggies.

And I stuffed the crabmeat into avocados instead of a roll.

If you love crabmeat like I do, I think you just might adore this recipe.

It’s extremely bright, crisp, and flavorful.

And the rich, creamy avocado is the perfect complement to the light and fresh crabmeat.

Bonus: there is no cooking involved in this recipe.

And you should be able to whip this dish together in under 20 minutes flat!

Here’s the line-up of ingredients for this quick and easy dish. So summer-y!

Begin by dicing up about half of a tomato.

Also dice up about half of an orange or yellow bell pepper.

Why orange or yellow?  To add lots of beautiful color to the dish as well as a wide variety of vitamins!

Use a pair of kitchen shears (or a good knife if you don’t have kitchen shears) to chop up some fresh chives.

Chives, by the way, are a healthy cook’s secret weapon.

They have a very light, delicate onion-y taste and they add amazing, zesty flavor to your dish without fat and calories.

They’re also full of vitamins, like Vitamins C and E to keep your immune system strong.  And selenium to fight free radicals and toxins in your body (protecting you from cancer and heart disease).  And fiber to support digestion.

See what I mean by secret weapon?

Next, throw together an easy dressing for the crabmeat salad.

Grab a mixing bowl and whisk together some Dijon mustard and some red wine vinegar.

Slowly whisk in a bit of extra virgin olive oil.

Season with salt and pepper.

And you now have a light, fresh, healthy seafood salad dressing that’s quick and easy to prepare anytime.

Toss your Miracle Whip in the trash, you won’t be needing that any longer!

Next add some fresh, fully cooked crabmeat (you can buy it prepared and fully cooked at the store) to the dressing.

Also add the diced tomato and bell pepper and about a tablespoon of the chopped chives.

Stir until everything is well combined.

Now, slice an avocado in half lengthwise.  You’ll feel a large pit in the center – continue to cut around it.

Pull the two halves apart and immediately pour some fresh lemon juice over the avocado.

This will prevent it from turning brown.  So you’ll end up with a nice, lovely presentation at the end and look like quite the kitchen pro.

Use a spoon to scoop out the pit.

Then scoop out about one-third of the avocado meat from the center of each half.

You should have a nice hollowed-out center to fill with the crabmeat salad.

You can add the avocado meat that you just scooped out to the crabmeat salad as well – just stir it in, and nothing is wasted!

Stuff each avocado full of the crabmeat salad.

Feel free to really pile it on until it’s overflowing – this salad is light and healthy, so serve yourself a nice, heaping portion!

Finally, take a seat and enjoy.

What you’ll taste: fresh crabmeat, combined with bright, crisp veggies, combined with a richly flavorful and zesty dressing, combined with a hint of citrus, combined with creamy  avocado.

Mmmmmmm.  Welcome summer!

Here is the complete printable recipe:

Crabmeat Salad Stuffed Avocados
 
Author: 
Recipe type: Healthy Seafood Dish
Total Time: 15 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 9 ounces fresh, wild caught crabmeat, fully cooked
  • ½ tomato, diced
  • ½ orange or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1½ tablespoons chives, chopped
  • 2 avocados
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, squeezed from 1 lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dijon and red wine vinegar. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  2. To the bowl, add the cooked crabmeat, tomato, bell pepper and 1 tablespoon of chives. Stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Cut each avocado in half and immediately pour lemon juice over each half to keep the avocados from turning brown. Using a small spoon, scoop out the pit. Also scoop out about ⅓ of the fruit from the center of each avocado half.
  4. Add the scooped-out avocado to the crabmeat salad and stir to combine.
  5. Stuff each avocado with the crabmeat salad.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining chives over each half, and serve.

Comments

  1. says

    Little chef … this looks so good – brilliant photos so clear and colorful. There is one thing you should always think about when its about tomatoes – always take the green away , wash and then take out the white core – using a tomato stem core (also very good when picking the fresh strawberries so you don’t have to cut them) or a small sharp knife – it’s there all the bad things sits on a tomato. http://img5.foodservicewarehouse.com/Prd/250SQ/BrowneHalco_71894.jpg – have this model, cheap, cheerful and best model on the market.This look absolutely divine.
    Also think about when you serve smoked salmon that you cut away the dark parts of the slices – like a triangle of dark – that is where all the fat sit and also that part make the salmon taste fishy and bitter.

  2. says

    They sell crab meat filled avocados at this restaurant Havana Central, but I’m almost certain they put mayo in it. So glad I found a healthy, homemade version! Thank you!

  3. says

    Brilliant post (as always). I tried to buy avocado today but they were harder than the shelf on which they were resting. Such is life.
    Best,
    Conor

  4. says

    Avocados are one of my favourite things in this world! I just love seeing recipes like these which takes the guilt away from a) eating crab meat salad without mayo (!) and b) eating an entire avocado in a sitting (I usually only do 1/4 at a time but I’m willing to try eating a whole one). What else could you serve with this if it was for dinner?

    By the way, what camera do you use? I love your photos!

  5. says

    Just arrived at our cottage in Maine for the summer. You are right…crab salad is delicious especially when served with an avocado. Lovely photos!

  6. Food Stories says

    Wow is all I can say … crab and avocado … love it and low-carb to boot … had to pin this :-)

  7. says

    Aw I’m so jealous of your fresh Maine crab! I’m from Chicago – so when I think of crab I think of crab substitute… :)

    Your little stuffed avocados are gorgeous! They look sooo yummy! They would be so adorable for a summer dinner party… which I’m having one this Saturday :) Definitely bookmarking this!

  8. Stacey @ Savory & Sweet says

    Wow! That sounds so delicious and such a great idea to stuff an avocado! Looks beautiful too!

  9. says

    One of my favorite summer meals is shrimp salad in avocados. This looks like it could give my old fave a run for it’s money! We’ll give this a try soon.
    I stumbled on your blog through another- happy find!

  10. Andrew says

    Looks and sounds delicious! A quick tip, when you cut your avocado in half, chop the blade of the knife into the pit, give it a quick twist and it pops out leaving your avocado beautifully intact! Doesn’t make much difference to this dish, but say if you were slicing avocado..!

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