French Fridays with Dorie: Crab, Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe Crab, Grapefruit, and Avocado Salad was the perfect weekend lunch or rather, oversized snack.  Crab and avocado is definitely a combination I am familiar with.  The addition of red grapefruit added great acidity to offset the richness and sweetness of the two main salad components. I omitted the cucumbers and peppers, and added cilantro, a very small amount of mayo, and a squirt of sriracha.

We enjoyed the salad as a topper for tostones – fried flattened plantain rounds – and when we were done with those we broke out the Bibb lettuce for some wraps.  I wish I had been more careful to avoid breaking the grapefruit segments into scattered pulp.

In addition to the salad, last weekend I did some catch up.  I’m ready to cross off the list the Cheese Soufflé and the Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux.  I used a white cheddar on the soufflé and now wish I had followed my gut and done Manchego (or any other stronger flavored cheese).  The roast chicken was delicious as well – between the crisped up skin, the bread that soaked up all the juices  and melted into the pan sauce and the roasted veggies, I wondered why I didn’t roast more chicken at home.  It’s so much tastier than most rotisserie chickens out there.

French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group where we work our way through Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan’s award winning cookbook.

Lagniappe time!

Our friend and fellow Dorista Susan from Create Amazing Meals has kindly recognized me with the Versatile Blogger award.  A California based blogger, Susan puts together the most amazing feasts – multiple courses –  into one beautifully documented blog post.  If you haven’t visited, what are you waiting for?  Thanks Susan!

Here are the official rules:

  • Add the award to your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
  • Mention 7 random things about yourself.
  • List the rules.
  • Award to 15 bloggers.
  • Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blogs or on Facebook
  1. The first thing you should know about me is that I think some of these rules are flexible guidelines, which is why I extend an open invitation to all of those Doristas who wish to grab the award to do so, so we can all get to know each other better.
  2. In high school, my BFF and I were the only two girls in our elective computer class (BASIC programming!) amidst a sea of boys.  The rest chose to take French.
  3. I’m trying to pack lunch to work at least three times a day.  It’s usually rice and stewed garbanzo beans, salad, or pasta.
  4. The blue beaded placemat I use in some of my pictures reminds me of Old San Juan’s cobblestoned streets.  I got it on the HomeGoods clearance bin and regret buying only one for the blogging prop box.
  5. I try to think in Portuguese for at least a few minutes a day.  I’m afraid I’d otherwise forget what I know – that was my college minor and sadly I’ve not practiced enough since graduation.
  6. The theme for my fifth birthday party was Smurfette.  I also remember having a hot pink Smurfette swimsuit around that time, but I didn’t like it because she was wearing a grass skirt and not her usual getup and it was ‘ugly’.
  7. I have a little sign in my cubicle that says “Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backwards”.  Mama sent that to me on my very first college care package, so you better believe it is special.

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Author:Adriana

Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

31 Responses to “French Fridays with Dorie: Crab, Grapefruit and Avocado Salad”

  1. March 30, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    It’s so fun getting to know more about you! I know which place mat you are referring to and I agree it does look like the blue cobblestone streets in Old San Juan.

    The salad looks delicious. I’ve just grown an affinity for avocado but haven’t tried it with crab yet.

  2. March 30, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    You know, I eyed my bottle of sriracha as I was making this, but then decided to stick with the recipe and use tabasco. Who knows, maybe the sriracha would have helped because mine was a bit bland. I think I would rather have that tostone! Great job catching up, Dorie’s roast chicken recipes have been among my favorites.

    • March 30, 2012 at 9:47 am #

      Lump crab and avocado sushi rolls are some of my favorites, so that was my inspiration. I also considered upping the citrus with extra lime to evoke ceviche.

      Like the pork curry recipe, I guess these are the restrained, “Frenchified” versions of these other dishes with stronger flavors.

  3. March 30, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    What a great idea to serve this on plantains and in a wrap. My husband would have loved it on the plantains for sure! Your souffle looks so good (I still need to do that one) and so does your chicken. That was such a delicious dish – I think I need to make it again. Congratulations on your award! That sign your mom gave you is perfect. I need to remember that the next time I am feeling stressed.

  4. March 30, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Very nice! I love that you personalized this – and many other recipes. I think that’s what cooking is all about – a creative outlet! Your souffle & roast chicken look great – also 2 recipes I need to catch up on!

    It was fun reading your random facts! And thank you so much for the kind “shout out.”

    Have a terrific weekend.

  5. March 30, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Did you make the tostones yourself? I love them. Glad you enjoyed the salad – yours looks great! I loved that roast chicken, too. Every time I make roast chicken I think I should make it more.

  6. March 30, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Lovely salad – and tostones. Oh, I haven’t had those in forever. Sigh.
    I had a smurf b’day party for either my 6th or 7th b’day. I thought I was big stuff. The Smurfs were my all time favorite cartoon. Ever.

  7. March 30, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    You have great ideas! And good for you to do so much catching up. All your dishes are beautiful and get me in the mood to make items again.

  8. March 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Looks delicious!

  9. March 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    I love the Chicken for Lazy people! That was one of the first recipes I made when I bought the book and the bread under the chicken was THE BEST! The salad on plantains looks delicious – wish I’d thought of that!

  10. March 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I used sriracha too! Love how you used the salad as filling and topping. I didn’t think of that but I guess it’s not much different than the iconic Maine lobster roll! I miss the tostones which I tried for the first time in Ft Lauderdale. I had it as sidedish but your idea sounds delicious.

  11. March 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    What a wonderful job you did on all three of your Dorie recipes…how delicious that salad looks on the Plantians. A lovely way to serve that salad! Your souffle looks perfect! And your Chicken Les Paresseux…was one of my favorite dishes! You have been very busy! Have a great weekend!

  12. March 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Way to go on all the catch-ups! I have my fair share to get to. Everything looks great. I love few things in this world as much as I love a properly roasted chicken.

  13. March 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Your salad looks devine – I skipped the avo but still loved it.

  14. March 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    I love your serving ideas…so yummy! And congrats on the Versatile Blogger Award…fun to learn some more about you 🙂

  15. March 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    What a great Dorie-filled post! I like that you used the salad as a topper!

  16. March 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    I love your “additions”

  17. March 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    how great! I think you have some of the best photos of this dish so far… mine look so washed out in comparison! 🙂

  18. March 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    Sriracha is a brilliant addition! I wish I’d thought of that. And the lettuce wraps are a great idea too. I love the lazy people chicken, especially the bread on the bottom of the pot. Totally decadent. Congrats on your award!

  19. Scottinil
    March 30, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    The avocado looks like a delicious touch. Beautiful salad we really enjoyed.

  20. March 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    What a lovely looking salad! And thank you also for the warm welcome to the FFwD group!
    Andrea@thekitchenlioness

  21. April 1, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Adriana, Am I the only one who had no idea what “Siriracha” was? So, it’s supposed to be better than ketchup (I am an Iowa girl and love ketchup so, if it’s better, I’m all in). Add to this week’s grocery list. Also, that you made your own tostones. That’s impressive. I loved your South-of-the-Border variations on this salad. And, congratulations on playing catch-up. I haven’t even begun to think about that yet. (I am too busy thinking about Sardines!!!!! Congratulations on your latest award. Versatile, you are. Mary PS I am trying to read your Blog in Spanish.

    • April 1, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      Oh, the sardines terrify me! I got to delegate the salmon and potatoes, but don’t think I will be that lucky this time around. I can’t really compare sriracha to ketchup because to me they are not interchangeable – sriracha is Thai hot sauce. A bit of sriracha into ketchup, now that’s something I can get behind. Thanks for trying to read the blog in Spanish.

  22. April 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    I was actually going to comment on that blue placement before I read your 7 fun facts! I love how it makes the salad pop!

  23. April 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Looks great and I like the wrap idea! I have some catching up to do also, but will wait until the book is done and then do what I missed. You’re the second person’s blog post that used avocado (which I love) and I wouldn’t have thought to try that with the grapefruit.

  24. April 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Great post! Congrats on your award, it was fun reading your 7 things about yourself. I’m still behind from all my work commitments in March and can’t wait to catch up on this and the cheese souffle. Like your food props!

  25. April 15, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    Your rendition of the crab salad looks wonderful! I enjoyed seeing your catch-up recipes too.

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