Sorry, but this will be a short entry.  I just had to brag…

Last night, I made the BEST salad for dinner!

Fancy-Shmancy, eh?

Fancy-Shmancy, eh?

Here are the ingredients for 2 servings:

  • leftover crab from random cajun restaurant, removed from shells (or anywhere you want to get crab from.  But don’t use the fake stuff.  Just don’t.)  I think I had about 1/2 lb. of crab, including the shells, but this would probably be better with more.
  • a bit of mayo, plain yogurt or olive oil
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced thinly on a mandolin, or diced finely
  • 1/2 mango, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro
  • zest and juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • OPTIONAL:  1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • Bag-O-Salad, whatever kind you like. 
  • Non-creamy dressing for salad.  (I used the white balsamic vinaigrette that came with the salad bag.)

To assemble:

  1. Dump the salad bag ingredients into a large bowl and mix to your little heart’s content.  Set aside.
  2. If necessary, remove crab meat from shells.  Discard shells, unless you want to save them and get all gourmet and make a stock with them later, but whatever. 
  3. Add mayo/yogurt/olive oil (I used 1-2 Tbsp of mayo) to crab and mix well.  (This is to bind the crab together.  You can skip this step if you like.  But it just adds to the Yummy.)
  4. Mix  lime juice/zest, mango, bell pepper, onion, cilantro (and jalapeno).
  5. Get a bowl. (A small salad/soup bowl is fine.)  Line the bowl with plastic wrap (leave enough on the edges to overlap later) and spray with non-stick spray.
  6. Add avocado, in whatever decorative pattern you choose, to each bowl.
  7. Add 1/4 crab mixture to each bowl.
  8. Add enough of mango relish to cover the crab.  Maybe even a little more. Whatevs.
  9. Split remaining crab mixture between the bowls, making another layer.
  10. Add a layer of cucumber particles to each bowl.
  11. Now this is where the extra plastic wrap comes in…  Take the extra flap of plastic wrap from each side, fold it over the stuff that you placed in each bowl, and smoosh the salad down, compacting everything.
  12. Divide the (lettuce) salad among 2 plates.
  13. Unfold the plastic wrap flaps from the top of each bowl, then carefully/quickly flip each bowl over on top of its respective plate of lettuce, and take off the bowl.
  14. Remove plastic wrap.
  15. Marvel at your general awesomeness. 
  16. YAY!!!!
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