If you're looking for a light healthy summer recipe that's perfect for entertaining then this crab salad with avocado sorbet is just what you need! It may sound unusual but trust me, crab and avocado are a delicious combination and the sorbet works beautifully.
I know this recipe is a little different to my usual ones. Avocado sorbet is not something I'm in the habit of making every day, and pairing it with a crab salad is not everyday home cooking, at least not in my house. But hey, it's good to push yourself a little sometimes.
A Crab and Avocado Recipe Inspired by James Martin
It's actually inspired by a starter I had at James Martin's restaurant at the Talbot Hotel in Malton. I was impressed and I really liked my starter. There was something about the dish that made me want to do my own take on crab and avocado.
Now, I should make it clear that the starter I had was quite different. It did contain crab and avocado sorbet but it also had fennel in and a few ingredients that would be impossible for me to source/prepare and so this is definitely just an inspired by dish.
What does avocado sorbet taste like?
I had never had avocado sorbet before but I had had avocado ice cream. As you'd expect, avocado ice cream is very rich and creamy. Because of the natural creaminess of avocado, this sorbet still tastes quite creamy, but it's also zingy and fresh from the lime with just a hint of coriander.
To me it almost tastes of apple, but maybe that's just the greenness playing tricks on my tastebuds. It's sweet too so you only need a small amount of sorbet with the crab. The recipe makes much more than you will need but luckily it also makes a lovely dessert.
What's the Crab Salad like?
What about the crab salad? Well, lime juice, chilli and crab - It's a perfect simple combination. What more can I say? If you are not quite ready to whip up a batch of avocado sorbet, don't let that stop you making the crab salad. Or if you want a more traditional sorbet recipe then do check out my orange and ginger sorbet, kiwi sorbet or mango sorbet recipes.
Recipe for Crab Salad with Avocado Sorbet
Crab Salad with Avocado Sorbet
Ingredients for the Crab Salad
- 120 g white crab meat
- 1 red chilli pepepr thinly sliced, some seeds removed
- ½ lime juiced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Pinch salt
- Pinch black pepper
- ½ cucumber
Ingredients for the Avocado Sorbet
- 2 avocados
- 1 lime juiced
- 1 tablespoon coriander (cilantro) chopped
- 80 g caster sugar
- First make the avocado sorbet. Put the sugar in a saucepan with 100ml of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes until all the sugar has dissolved. Leave to cool.
- Put the flesh from the avocados, the lime juice, coriander leaf and sugar syrup into a food processor.
- Pour the avocado mixture into an ice cream maker and leave to churn.
- Make the crab salad by mixing together the crab with the lime juice, chilli, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Serve the crab salad with the cucumber and just a little avocado sorbet.
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Karen Burns Booth
I am SO sorry for the VERY late reply Corina - things have been VERY hectic here in Lavender and Lovage Towers - friends and family staying and lots of work too! This is a FAB herby recipe, thanks, and thanks so much for adding it to Cooking with Herbs for August! Karen xxx
No Worries Karen. Things are always hectic here too and I never get to visit nearly as many recipes as I'd like whenever the roundups come out!
Very cool!! Crab and avocado is always a winner
That sounds lovely and your photos look sooo appealing!
This sounds really lovely and fresh.
Bunny Eats Design
Sounds lovely and light. I love coriander and lime together.
I love coriander and lime together too. I think lime makes everything taste so fresh.