Here's a refreshing, seasonal starter for an elegant dinner party. Searing watermelon caramelizes some of its sugar and brings out its sweet flavor, and a simple spice mix accentuates it further. Store any extra vinaigrette for another salad.
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Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until incorporated. Pour out into a small bowl and set aside. Clean out the blender.
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour out into a small bowl and set aside. Clean out the blender.
Combine the cayenne, sugar, and 1 ½ tablespoons salt in a bowl to make the spice mix and set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over high heat. Dip the watermelon in 1 teaspoon of the spice mix and sear until caramelized on only one side, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Toss the crab with the cilantro and 1 ounce of the vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Place the watermelon in the center of a plate and place the crabmeat on top of the watermelon. Place 1 tablespoon of the avocado purée on each side of the watermelon and top with the baby tomatoes. Garnish with the cilantro sprigs.