I feel very fortunate, my family truly loves great food and they are always willing to try new flavor combinations. Well, almost always or at least five of us(our youngest may not always be as eager as the rest of us). We love having  fresh fruit on our counter and lunch boxes are always filled with clementines or nectarines. Pineapple and raspberries don’t last more than a couple of hours  and there is rarely a day that we don’t have some type of salad.

We have been trying to come up with healthier alternatives to some of the “not so healthy recipes” that we also enjoy. One of the recipes that we recently “healthified” (is that even a word?) is a twist on a crab and spinach dip that we love. You know the one, made with mayo, sour cream and cheese. Of course it is delicious but not something that you want to splurge on very often. The challenge was to recreate those flavors in a healthy version.

Since my daughter is a total crab cake fanatic, we decided to try combining a light spinach salad with a crab cake and topping it with fresh shaved parmesan. Did I mention the addition of a sprinkle to truffle sea salt? Oh my, this Crab Cake Salad is the Bomb!

If you have been following me for a while you know that I am a big believer in letting the natural flavors in our food shine through. This is especially true with crab cakes. Fresh crab is amazing, let’s not cover up it’s beautiful flavor adding an abundance of ingredients, which may cause you to lose the essence of crab taste. The point of the other flavors should be to help highlight the crab. Since these crab cakes are more mounds than patties, we don’t need too many fillers to make sure that they stay together.

Crab Cake Salad #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8

Crab Cake Salad #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams


  • For the Crab Cakes:
  • 3 pounds jumbo lump crabmeat
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 lemon (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 6 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • For the Salad:
  • 12 ounces Fresh Spinach, washed and drained
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Truffle sea salt or any great quality sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup shaved parmesan


  1. Carefully go through all crab to pick out and discard any bits of shell. Leave the lumps intact as much as possible.
  2. Transfer the crab to a large bowl.
  3. Add the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, mustard, Old Bay, green onion and parsley to the bowl. Use your hands to gently fold the mixture without breaking up the lumps of crabmeat.
  4. Beat the eggs in a separate large bowl, then add the mayonnaise and mix well. Gently fold into the crab mixture.
  5. Use your hands to mold them into mounds of the same size so they cook evenly. Place on baking sheet.
  6. Refrigerate the crab cakes for 30 minutes to 1 hour so they hold together better during the cooking process.
  7. Preheat oven to 450˚ and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.
  8. In the meantime combine the spinach, tomatoes, red onion, olive oil, lemon juice in a large bowl.
  9. Plate on individual plates and sprinkle with sea salt, fresh ground pepper and shaved parmesan.
  10. Place crab cakes on top of the salad and serve.
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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee June 22, 2014 at 6:16 am

I’m pretty sure I could eat this salad at least 3 or 4 times a week. Wait, very sure. Oh how I LOVE crab.


Marjory @ Dinner-Mom June 22, 2014 at 6:45 am

This looks fantastic! No frying or breading…these are definitely at the top of my summer to do list.


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious June 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

Isn’t that a clever technique to bake the crab cakes!


Katie June 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

What a fabulous salad! I have never made crab cakes (or crab in general) at home, but I really should! I love that you added a sprinkle of truffle salt…seriously one of my favorite things in the world….


Constance Smith (@FoodieArmyWife) June 22, 2014 at 8:53 am

What a great salad for summer time! Crab is a favorite of mine, I don’t eat it nearly enough! :)


Shannon @VillageGirlBlog June 22, 2014 at 9:25 am

I absolutely adore crab cakes! Love them! This is such a great way to eat them more often without all the added calories from fillers and frying. Yum!


Deanna Samaan June 22, 2014 at 9:28 am

I love seafood and crab cakes is one my favs! This looks amazing!


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) June 22, 2014 at 10:43 am

I’m a crab lover too…and this salad looks AMAZING! I agree that letting the fresh, sweet taste shine through is the best approach.


Courtney @ Neighborfood June 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

I couldn’t agree with you more about letting the flavor of the crab shine through. Why would you want to cover up the great taste of fresh crab with all that other stuff? Now if I can just get my hands on some good crab, I can make this salad happen!


Jennie @themessybakerblog June 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Isabel, this salad looks so light and fresh. Crab is one of my favorite things to eat in the summer, and, living in Maryland, we have plenty of it. Pinned.


Bea June 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I am with Renee; we love crab and your salad looks absolutely amazing. I cannot wait to make this!


Liz June 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm

What a spectacular idea!!! All the great flavors of crab cakes atop of a salad!!!


Run DMT June 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm

This is so clever! My husband loves crab cakes!


Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips June 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm

What a fabulous way to lighten up a favorite dish!


Cindys Recipes and Writings June 22, 2014 at 2:57 pm

A great crab salad is always welcome here!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers June 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Yum! Your salad looks amazing! Simple and delicious! Perfect for me!


Shaina June 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Truffle sea salt is one of the most amazing smells and flavors in the world. What an incredibly delicious salad, and so perfect for summertime. Everything about this makes me smile :)


Heather // girlichef June 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Mmmmm….awesome idea (I love that dip you’re talking about)! I love a crab cake that has huge chunks of crab with very little filler, so I KNOW I’d devour this. Ummm….TRUFFLE SALT!


Alida June 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm

This salad looks so fresh and delicious…perfect for a light summer meal. My husband adores crab cakes…this will definitely be making an appearance at the dinner table soon!


Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere June 23, 2014 at 9:23 am

This is such a great way to enjoy the flavor of crab cakes without all the fillers and frying mess!


Julie June 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Adding truffle salt is brilliant! Love it!


Susan June 24, 2014 at 12:08 pm

I love this so much! If you are going through all that trouble to pick the pieces apart in your crab to get the shells out then let it shine! Don’t fill it up with binder.


Nick June 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

Great recipe, will try this out next week as we have guests coming to dinner.


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