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by Heather Harris Brady

Earlier this year in California I had an amazing plate of pasta – achini de pepe and crab in an alfredo sauce. It was all things it should be – thick, rich and luxurious at the point where it left rivulets of butter on the dish. But one can’t live like that every day, so when we got home I developed this recipe using the same ingredients but turning them into a bright summer salad with a lemon vinaigrette.

Summer Crab Salad, Serves eight as a side dish

  • Four ears of fresh sweet corn
  • 1/2 of a red pepper
  • 1/3 c. diced onion
  • 3/4 lb. of achini de pepe pasta
  • 2/3 c. shaved parmesan
  • Meat from one lb. of king crab legs

Vinaigrette

  • 2/3 c. olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Cracked pepper
  • Salt

Cook the pasta, drain and toss with a tablespoon of olive oil to keep it from sticking together. Set aside.

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Cut the corn off the ears and set it aside.

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Saute the pepper and onion in a saucepan with 2 T. of olive oil on medium heat.

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When the pepper starts to soften, add the corn and cook it until crisp-tender – about 10 minutes.

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When the vegetables have cooled to room temperature, combine them with the pasta.

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Fold in the crab.

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Combine the oil and lemon juice in a separate bowl and whip well with a whisk. Add in the seasonings.

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Toss the salad with the vinaigrette and cheese.

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Adjust seasonings to taste. Chill thoroughly, at least three hours, before serving.

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This salad would be delicious as a stuffing for fresh tomatoes. Keep it cold at all times. And once in a while, if you feel like subbing in an alfredo sauce for the cheese and vinaigrette, your secret’s safe with me.

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