September just might be the best month to eat ripe and juicy local tomatoes. They signify that last gasp of summer with a perfect balance of sweet and tart. So have a tomato party tonight and whip up this healthy, but easy and delicious dinner salad incorporating heirloom tomato, sweet fruit and a delectable crab cake with spicy greens and a scatter of cheese.
Crab Cake and Heirloom Tomato Salad
Start to finish: 5 minutes
1 heirloom tomato (or the tastiest you can find), sliced
1 ripe peach or nectarine, pitted and sliced
1/2 ripe avocado, sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 crab cakes from the prepared foods to-go case
2 handfuls baby greens or arugula (I buy them already washed in the plastic tubs)
A sprinkling of feta cheese
Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette or salad dressing of your choice
Chill two dinner plates in the freezer while you assemble the ingredients.
Slice the tomato, nectarine and avocado and arrange them decoratively on the two chilled plates.
Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Heat the crab cakes in the microwave on a microwave safe plate for about 1 minute or until hot.
Arrange the greens and a scattering of feta cheese on top of the tomatoes. Drizzle with the vinaigrette.
Transfer the hot crab cakes to the top of the salad and serve immediately. The greens and cheese will warm up and wilt a little from the heat of the crab cake, but it will be a good thing. I promise.
Tip: Store the other half of the avocado (with pit) in a sealable container with a piece of cut onion and refrigerate. It will keep for a day or so.
Download Recipe PDF | Recipe courtesy of Carla Snyder
Carla has spent the past 30 years in the food world as a caterer, artisan baker, cooking school teacher, food writer and author of 6 cook books including the James Beard nominated Big Book of Appetizers. Her passion is sharing fresh, cooked-from-scratch weeknight meals that cut prep time and practically eliminate that nightly sinkful of dishes. Look for Carla on Facebook, Twitter (carlacooks), Pinterest and at ravenouskitchen.com where she blogs about everything from cooking for two to easy weekend entertaining for a crowd.