Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox
Active Time
15 Mins
Total Time
15 Mins
Yield
Serves 6

If you’re looking for a way to showcase extremely fresh crab that doesn’t require much fuss, this little-known Southern salad (it is believed to have originated in Mobile, Alabama) is the way to go. The simple vinaigrette enhances the crab’s subtle sweetness. When working with lump crab, it’s important to remove any stray bits of shell. Spread the crabmeat on a baking sheet and place it under the broiler for 45 seconds. The meat will barely get warm, but the shells will turn bright orange, so you can pick them out more easily.

How to Make It

Place crabmeat, vinegar, onion, sugar, oil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in a large bowl, and gently combine. Serve immediately, or chill, covered, 2 to 3 hours. (Salad is best after chilling.) Fold in mint just before serving. Spoon crab mixture and juices over lettuce leaves, and serve.