Spicy Crab and Avocado Salad Recipe

Spicy Crab and Avocado Salad

Arthur Bovino


  • 4 fresh hearts of palm, cut in ½-inch chunks
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 small avocados, ½- to ¼-inch cubes
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 ruby red grapefruits, peeled, segmented, and pith removed
  • 1 jalapeño, finely diced
  • 1 pound lump crab meat

You've undoubtedly seen the grapefruit-avocado combo before. You get the creaminess of the avocado and the tart sweetness of the grapefruit — pretty fantastic. One way to take it to the next level is to add heat and textural variety. Doing that with fresh hearts of palm and finely-diced jalapeño accomplishes both. If you can't find fresh hearts of palm you can use the canned stuff, but it won't have the same crunch — that added contrast we're looking for. Adding fresh lump crab meat makes it a refreshing salad, or even something you could eat by itself as a light meal. Except for separating the grapefruit suprêmes, it's easy and quick too.

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 Toss the hearts of palm with oil to lightly cover. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Squeeze ½ lemon over the avocado. Add the thinly sliced red onion (reserving some for garnish). Season and toss gently.

Peel, segment, and remove pith from suprêmes trying to keep them whole. Reserve in a separate bowl with juice. Halve a jalapeño and remove the seeds from one side. Finely dice both halves and throw the pepper in with the grapefruit. Toss gently.

Strain off liquid from segmented grapefruit and also the hearts of palm and avocado. Emulsify liquid. Season with salt and pepper. Toss gently with lump crab meat. Adjust seasoning as needed.

Combine hearts of palm and avocados with grapefruit suprêmes,and crabmeat, reserving some of each to garnish the finished salad (so everything is seen). Garnish the salad with the reserved ingredients and serve.



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Calories per serving:

464 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 29g 44%
  • Carbs 34g 11%
  • Saturated 4g 21%
  • Fiber 13g 52%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 14g
  • Monounsaturated 19g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 25g 50%
  • Cholesterol 110mg 37%
  • Sodium 649mg 27%
  • Calcium 167mg 17%
  • Magnesium 100mg 25%
  • Potassium 1,258mg 36%
  • Iron 2mg 9%
  • Zinc 5mg 36%
  • Phosphorus 376mg 54%
  • Vitamin A 118µg 13%
  • Vitamin C 84mg 139%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 14%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 21%
  • Niacin (B3) 6mg 30%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 33%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 199µg 50%
  • Vitamin B12 4µg 63%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 31%
  • Vitamin K 34µg 43%
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