Peekytoe Crab Salad with Spring Vegetables
Indulge the senses with this appetizing and beautifully presented salad recipe from Cedric Vongerichten, chef de cuisine at Perry Street.
- 8 leeks, trimmed and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
- 3 large asparagus spears, thinly sliced lengthwise on a mandoline
- 6 ramps, trimmed and cut on the bias into 1-inch pieces
- 1 baby zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise on a mandoline
- 3 tablespoons shelled fresh English peas
- 3 tablespoons shelled fava beans
- 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed and very thinly sliced on a mandoline
- 2 cups peekytoe crab meat, picked through for shells
- 1/4 cup Cumin Mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 16 lily bulb petals, for serving
- 4 tricolor radishes, thinly sliced, for serving
- 4 nasturtium flower buds
- 1/2 red chile, such as Fresno, sliced crosswise
- Floral Vinaigrette
- Coarse sea salt
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil; generously salt water and return to a boil. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Place leeks in boiling water and cook until crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Drain and transfer to ice-water bath to cool. Drain, pat dry, and set aside. Repeat process with asparagus (cooking about 30 seconds), ramps (cooking about 1 minute), zucchini (cooking about 30 seconds), peas (cooking about 30 seconds), and fava beans (cooking about 1 minute). Peel fava beans and set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together crab, mayonnaise, and olive oil. Divide crab mixture evenly between four chilled serving plates, spreading so that it is 1/4-inch high on the plate. Arrange leeks, asparagus, zucchini, peas, fava beans, and fennel on top of crab mixture; garnish with lily bulb petals, radishes, chile, and nasturtium buds. Drizzle with vinaigrette and sprinkle with sea salt; serve immediately.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, April 2011