Asparagus & crab salad

Asparagus & crab salad

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4 as a starter
This wonderfully fresh dish is full of light, shellfish flavours and makes the perfect start to a relaxed dinner party

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal214
  • fat18g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.57g
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  • 20 asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 50g rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • 100g white crabmeat

For the dressing

  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • juice ½ lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • brown crabmeat, if you have it
  • olive oil, for drizzling
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the asparagus for 2 mins until just cooked. Drain, tip into iced water to refresh and drain again. Cut each spear on the angle into 2-3 pieces.

  2. For the dressing, mix all the ingredients with brown crabmeat, if you have it. Toss the asparagus through the dressing, then build a nest of asparagus spears on plates. Place some white crab meat in the centre of each nest, top with a small bundle of rocket and drizzle everything with olive oil before serving.

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18th Jun, 2017
Lovely starter today for a Father's day lunch, very easy to make and everyone loved it. I used juice of a whole lime rather than a half as I couldn't quite taste it over the mustard, but the whole thing was delicious and I'm planning on using the left over sauce with some pasta tomorrow. Will definitely do this one again.
15th Jul, 2014
Absolutely stunning! I wasn't sure about mixing lime juice with whole grain mustard but it works beautifully. Simple and delicious.
15th May, 2013
I tried this as soon as I spotted it on the site. Its easy to put together and tastes great
2nd May, 2012
Can't wait to try this! As asparagus and fresh crab are both in season at the moment, there's no time to lose. It would just have to be me and OH as daughter and grand-daughter don't eat crab. Or they could just have the asparagus and we could have the crab AND the asparagus. Yum, yum!
25th Jun, 2010
Light and delicious!
11th Jun, 2010
The dressing brings out the taste of the crab perfect, I just need to catch more crabs now!!!
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