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Thai Green Bean and Crab Salad

Thai Green Bean and Crab Salad


I really like crab but I don't have it all that often as it can be a little on the expensive side. While I was looking through the latest Food & Drink magazine I came across this recipe for a Thai green bean and crab salad which combined crab with some of my favorite Thai flavours and I knew that I would have to try it. I had to wait a couple of weeks for the fresh local green beans to show up at the farmers market but as soon as they did I picked some up. As with many Thai recipes one of the things that I really like about this one is the use of all of the fresh herbs. Of course the use of the peanut butter and peanuts in a savoury dish really did it for me as well. I made a few minor changes to the recipe in replacing the chicken stock in the dressing with coconut milk and adding a chopped up birds eye chili for some heat. The Thai green bean and crab salad turned out great! It was so fresh and light and good! The crisp yet tender green beans and red peppers formed a really nice base to this salad and the peanut butter and coconut milk dressing was very tasty! All of the fresh herbs really brightened up the salad and the chopped peanuts added a great contrasting texture. The crab of course was the center of attention and worked well with all of the flavours of the salad. This salad my be a bit of an indulgence with the crab but it was certainly worth it!

Thai Green Bean and Crab Salad

(makes 2 salads)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 pound green beans (cleaned, and trimmed)
1 red pepper (thinly sliced)
1/2 pound crab meat (cooked)
2 green onions (sliced)
1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
1/4 cup mint (chopped)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 lime (juice and zest)
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 birds eye chili (chopped)
1/4 cup peanuts (roasted and chopped)

Directions:
1. Cook the green beans in boiling water until they just start to turn tender but are still crisp, about 5 minutes.
2. Rinse the green beans under cold water to stop the cooking process.
3. Place the green beans, red pepper, crab meat, green onions, cilantro and mint in a large bowl.
4. Mix the peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice and zest, fish sauce and chili in a bowl.
5. Toss the dressing and salad to coat and serve topped with peanuts.

Similar Recipes:
Mango, Avocado and Grilled Shrimp Salad with a Peanut Dressing
Green Mango Salad
Crab Summer Rolls with Cashew Butter Dipping Sauce
Thai Peanut Pork Noodle Saute

29 comments:

giz said...

Fabulous salad!

Juliana said...

Wow, crab salad...looks great! Love crab as well.

ttfn300 said...

what kind of setup do you use, i always love brightness and color of your photos?! i don't buy crab often either, but this might be the occasion :)

Arch said...

Looks wonderful...like the idea of coconut milk in the salad...wonderful creation, Kevin

Jenn said...

I love green beans and I love crab. Yup, this one is definitely for me.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a gorgeous salad! Perfect!

Cheers,

Rosa

screwdestiny said...

Your photo is so gorgeous! Still trying to wrap my head around crab with peanut butter though...

Cate said...

This recipe is totally my style... bring on the fresh chilis!

Lone Acorn said...

Kevin I really felt bad that you broke my chain :(

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love salads with crab!!

lisa said...

This is a great summer salad and sounds like a delicious mix of ingredients!

Jeff said...

My green beans are killer now so I am looking for new ways to do them. I like you love crab but hate paying the price for it.

Looks awesome!

Anncoo said...

This is perfect!

Marta said...

Hey Kevin, did youuse fresh or canned crab?
This looks delicious, I also love all the flavours in the sauce:)

Christelle said...

Very fresh looking, I lovethe flavours. I'm curious and like marta would like to know, was it fresh crab?
Humm I'm super hungry nopw :O

Nina Timm said...

The color of that salad is something else, Kevin!!! Vibrant and inviting...I just want to tuck in!!!

oneshotbeyond said...

You've got me very interested in this one!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

Wow, that looks so good!

I love all those ingredients! I hardly ever get crab, but this will be a reason to get some for sure!

The picture looks great Kevin!

Lo said...

What a great recipe!
Love the flavors -- and the green beans are in their glory right now. Just perfect.

The Duo Dishes said...

So bright and vibrant! Must taste very light and fresh too.

Cathy said...

Wow, this sound wonderful. I love crab but never would have thought to combine it with the flavors in Thai cuisine. The peanut butter is a little hard to imagine but your recipes are always so good, I'll take your word for it.

HannahBanana aka Amanda said...

Heaven on a plate! Crab and thai flavors are wonderful together and I look forward to using my fresh green beans in this recipe!

Kevin said...

Marta & Christelle: I used frozen shell still on crab.

Christie's Corner said...

I adore Thai but never thought of combining the Thai spices with crab. This dish makes me wish my husband ate seafood. Wait. Scratch that. This dish makes me GLAD my husband doesn't eat seafood since I won't have to share.

Chocolate Shavings said...

Was the crab hard to find? That salad looks delicious!

Shannon said...

I made this the other night and it was so good! When crab's on sale, this will be made again. Thanks!

Kevin said...

Chocolate Shavings: No the crab was not hard to find. There a three really nice fish stores in the St Lawrence market here in Toronto that always seem to have nice crab in various forms.

Rabbittrick said...

oh.... this looks absolutely refreshing! It's really hot where I live so foods like these are always welcome... better still when you can make it on your own at home =)

"Tramie" said...

OMG, that looks really refreshing! Perfect for lazy summer days... of course, if we get any summer at all over here!

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