A Healthful Lemony Crab Salad Recipe

Are you looking for a healthy, decedent crab salad recipe? There's not much lovelier than a crab salad for lunch. The brilliant color of cooked crab meat set off against the pale greens of a fresh celery or young salad greens can be a treat for the senses both in taste and color.

Unfortunately many people immediately associate a crab salad recipe as one made with a heavy mayonnaise base that isn't entirely attractive to those wanting to remain healthily conscious. Those mayonnaise based recipes, while flavorful, certainly do carry a heavy caloric and fat content weight. Often the health conscious turn away from healthful crab meat based entirely upon what it's typically paired with.

The wellness conscious should note that crab meat is not only a great source of protein but it is also an excellent source of the vitamin B-12. Many people know that B-12 is great for healthy hair, skin and fingernails but it is also an extremely important in increasing energy and staving off fatigue by assisting with carbohydrate conversion to glucose. It also helps in regulation of the nervous system which can reduce depression and stress. The B-12 found in crab meat can actually protect against heart disease, improving unhealthy cholesterol levels which can, in turn, lower blood pressure and protect against stroke. Lastly, but not least importantly, the all-important vitamin B-12 is known to protect against cancers in the breast, prostrate, lung and colon.

And you can make a crab salad recipe a healthful part of your diet if it is made with the right ingredients! The following crab salad recipe not only contains a healthy 24 grams of protein per serving and contains 138% of your daily value of vitamin B-12, but is only about 340 calories!


Lemony Crab Salad


1 pound cooked crab meat (picked through)

2 tablespoons fresh parsley

The juice from one large lemon (approximately 3 tablespoons)

2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)

About 8 cups of assorted baby greens (spinach, arugula, baby romaine, etc.)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)

Salt to taste


In a glass or plastic bowl toss together crab meat, parsley, lemon juice and 2 1/2 tablespoons EVOO and combine.

In another bowl toss greens with remaining EVOO and salt to taste. Divide into four servings and mound crab meat mixture on greens. Additional parsley and/or lemon zest can be used as garnish, leaving you with a beautiful and healthy crab salad recipe that you can turn to, without guilt, time and time again.

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