Hearts of Palm, White Grapefruit & Dungeness Crab Salad

Hearts of Palm, White Grapefruit & Dungeness Crab Salad

So what’s a girl to eat when it’s 100 degrees and 80 percent humidity in Dallas? Definitely something cool with some of my favorite ingredients.

Crab, check. Grapefruit, check. Cool watercress, check. Sounds perfect, right? Or close enough, anyway. I think I would substitute arugula next time instead of the watercress.

This chilled layered salad was the refreshing answer to my sweltering evening. I paired it with a simple whole wheat pasta with tomatoes & herbs for an easy weeknight meal.

Hearts of Palm & Crab Salad

1 cup hearts of palm, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 bunch organic watercress
6 ounces precooked Dungeness crabmeat
1 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro
1 tablespoons julienned basil
1 tablespoons julienned mint
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch freshly ground white pepper
1 white grapefruit, peel and pith removed, segmented, segments cut into 4 pieces each (you can substitute red if you can’t find white)


1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp kosher salt
Pinch freshly ground white pepper

Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a bowl. Marinate hearts of palm in 3/4 cup dressing in another bowl for at least 1 hour. Divide watercress between 2 plates; top each pile with hearts of palm. In another bowl, mix crabmeat, herbs and 1 tsp dressing; season with salt and pepper; toss until thoroughly mixed. Divide seasoned crab between 2 plates of watercress. Top with grapefruit pieces.

Categories: Appetizer, Recipes, Side Dish


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