Rachel Allen’s Crab and Blood Orange Salad

Rachel Allen's Crab and Blood Orange Salad. This zesty, fresh salad serves 4 - 6 as a starter or light lunch.

Rachel Allen’s Crab and Blood Orange Salad. This zesty, fresh salad serves 4 – 6 as a starter or light lunch.
This zesty, fresh salad serves 4 – 6 as a starter or light lunch.

Ingredients

  • 3 blood oranges (use regular when not in season)
  • 400 g (14oz) cooked crab meat
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 ripe avocados, halved, stone removed, peeled and cut into roughly 1cm (½in) dice
  • 50 ml (2fl oz) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tblsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 tblsp chopped dill (chopped coriander or parsley leaves also work well if you don’t have dill)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • few handfuls of salad greens, to serve

Method

How to cook the crab:

  1. First, weigh the crab. Then place the crab in the freezer for two hours. Once the freezing time is up, remove the crabs from the freezer and place in a large saucepan, cover with measured warm water and add 1 tablespoon of salt for every 1.2 litres (2 pints) water. The crab can be cooked in seawater, but omit the salt). Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer on a medium heat for 20 minutes for 450g (1lb).
  2. Pour off about two thirds of the water, cover with a lid and continue to cook for a further six minutes. To check if the crab is cooked, use an oven glove or tea towel to lift it out of the pan. Then gently shake it quite close to your ear – you shouldn’t hear liquid splashing around. Remove the crab and allow to cool.
  3. When the crab has cooled, remove the large claws and crakc these (using a heavy weight or nutcrackers), then, using the handle of a tablespoon, extract every bit of meat. Retain the shell if you’d like it to serve the meat in, otherwise discard. Turn the body of the crab upside down and pull out the centre portion. Discard the gills, known as ‘dead man’s fingers’ and each about 4cm (1½ inch) long. Scoop out all the lovely brown meat and add it to the white meat from the claws. The meat can be used immediately or frozen for future use.

To make the salad:

  1. First segment the oranges: cut a little slice from the top and bottom of the fruit. Next, stand the orange on a chopping board and, using a small sharp knife and following the curve of the orange, cut a strip of peel off from top to bottom. Continue around the orange until there is no peel remaining. Hold the orange over a bowl, then cut a segment out by slipping the knife in between one of the segments and the connective membrane.
  2. Cut down until you reach the middle of the orange, but don’t cut through the membrane. Make another cut the other side of the segment against the other membrane and you will be left with a perfect segment, with no membrane. Repeat with the rest of the oranges, then squeeze the juice out from the pieces of peel and inner membrane over the segments in the bowl.
  3. Add the crab meat, onion and avocado to the bowl and toss gently. Drizzle the olive oil and vinegar over, then add the chopped herbs and season with salt and pepper. Toss again, gently, so as not to break up the orange segments.
  4. Place a small handful of salad greens on each plate, or all together on one large platter, drizzle with a little olive oil, then spoon the crab and blood orange salad over the top and serve.

https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/recipes/2015/1005/743157-crab-and-blood-orange-salad/

 

Chrissy Teigen’s Roasted Butternut Squash & Pomegranate with Garlicky Honey-Dijon Dressing

Roasted Butternut Squash & Pomegranate with Garlicky Honey-Dijon Dressing

Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients, Squash

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 cups ½-inch cubes peeled butternut squash (1½ pounds; from a 2¼-pound whole squash, if that’s where you’re starting from)

1½ teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste

Ingredients, Dressing

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1 tablespoon honey

1 clove garlic, grated or smashed into a paste

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

Ingredients, Salad

5 cups baby arugula

½ cup pomegranate seeds* (see Tip)

¼ cup pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted

½ small red onion, thinly sliced

½ cup crumbled goat cheese (4 ounces)

Freshly ground black pepper

Method

Roast the squash. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and pour 2 tablespoons of the oil on the lined sheet. Place the oiled sheet in the oven (yep, nothing on it) and heat until very hot but not smoking, about 8 minutes.

In a large bowl, toss the squash with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, the salt, pepper, and cayenne until coated. Using an oven mitt, remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and quickly pour the squash onto the sheet (you should hear some sizzling); take a few extra seconds to make sure the flat sides of the squash are hitting that hot oiled pan. Roast until the undersides are golden, about 15 minutes. Remove the squash from the oven, shake the pan (or flip the squash with tongs if you’re down with OCD, yeah you know me), return to the oven, and roast until the new underside is golden brown,10 to 15 minutes. Let cool to room temp or just warm (so it doesn’t murder the greens when you drop them on).

Make the dressing. In a screw-top jar, shake the vinegar, mustard, honey, garlic, salt, pepper, and oil until it’s creamy. (If it separates, just shake it again.)

Makes the salad. Arrange the arugula on a platter. Top with the roasted squash, pomegranate seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Scatter the onion and goat cheese on top. Drizzle with the dressing to taste and sprinkle with pepper.

*Or finely diced green apple if you can’t find pom seeds.

Based on excerpts from Cravings: Hungry For More by Chrissy Teigen, with the permission of Clarkson Potter, a division of Penguin Random House. Copyright © 2018.

 

Rachel Allen’s Crab and Blood Orange Salad

Rachel Allen's Crab and Blood Orange Salad. This zesty, fresh salad serves 4 - 6 as a starter or light lunch.

Rachel Allen’s Crab and Blood Orange Salad. This zesty, fresh salad serves 4 – 6 as a starter or light lunch.
This zesty, fresh salad serves 4 – 6 as a starter or light lunch.

Ingredients

  • 3 blood oranges (use regular when not in season)
  • 400 g (14oz) cooked crab meat
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 ripe avocados, halved, stone removed, peeled and cut into roughly 1cm (½in) dice
  • 50 ml (2fl oz) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tblsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 tblsp chopped dill (chopped coriander or parsley leaves also work well if you don’t have dill)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • few handfuls of salad greens, to serve

Method

How to cook the crab:

  1. First, weigh the crab. Then place the crab in the freezer for two hours. Once the freezing time is up, remove the crabs from the freezer and place in a large saucepan, cover with measured warm water and add 1 tablespoon of salt for every 1.2 litres (2 pints) water. The crab can be cooked in seawater, but omit the salt). Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer on a medium heat for 20 minutes for 450g (1lb).
  2. Pour off about two thirds of the water, cover with a lid and continue to cook for a further six minutes. To check if the crab is cooked, use an oven glove or tea towel to lift it out of the pan. Then gently shake it quite close to your ear – you shouldn’t hear liquid splashing around. Remove the crab and allow to cool.
  3. When the crab has cooled, remove the large claws and crakc these (using a heavy weight or nutcrackers), then, using the handle of a tablespoon, extract every bit of meat. Retain the shell if you’d like it to serve the meat in, otherwise discard. Turn the body of the crab upside down and pull out the centre portion. Discard the gills, known as ‘dead man’s fingers’ and each about 4cm (1½ inch) long. Scoop out all the lovely brown meat and add it to the white meat from the claws. The meat can be used immediately or frozen for future use.

To make the salad:

  1. First segment the oranges: cut a little slice from the top and bottom of the fruit. Next, stand the orange on a chopping board and, using a small sharp knife and following the curve of the orange, cut a strip of peel off from top to bottom. Continue around the orange until there is no peel remaining. Hold the orange over a bowl, then cut a segment out by slipping the knife in between one of the segments and the connective membrane.
  2. Cut down until you reach the middle of the orange, but don’t cut through the membrane. Make another cut the other side of the segment against the other membrane and you will be left with a perfect segment, with no membrane. Repeat with the rest of the oranges, then squeeze the juice out from the pieces of peel and inner membrane over the segments in the bowl.
  3. Add the crab meat, onion and avocado to the bowl and toss gently. Drizzle the olive oil and vinegar over, then add the chopped herbs and season with salt and pepper. Toss again, gently, so as not to break up the orange segments.
  4. Place a small handful of salad greens on each plate, or all together on one large platter, drizzle with a little olive oil, then spoon the crab and blood orange salad over the top and serve.

https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/recipes/2015/1005/743157-crab-and-blood-orange-salad/

 

Chrissy Teigen’s Roasted Butternut Squash & Pomegranate with Garlicky Honey-Dijon Dressing

Roasted Butternut Squash & Pomegranate with Garlicky Honey-Dijon Dressing

Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients, Squash

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 cups ½-inch cubes peeled butternut squash (1½ pounds; from a 2¼-pound whole squash, if that’s where you’re starting from)

1½ teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste

Ingredients, Dressing

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1 tablespoon honey

1 clove garlic, grated or smashed into a paste

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

Ingredients, Salad

5 cups baby arugula

½ cup pomegranate seeds* (see Tip)

¼ cup pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted

½ small red onion, thinly sliced

½ cup crumbled goat cheese (4 ounces)

Freshly ground black pepper

Method

Roast the squash. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and pour 2 tablespoons of the oil on the lined sheet. Place the oiled sheet in the oven (yep, nothing on it) and heat until very hot but not smoking, about 8 minutes.

In a large bowl, toss the squash with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, the salt, pepper, and cayenne until coated. Using an oven mitt, remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and quickly pour the squash onto the sheet (you should hear some sizzling); take a few extra seconds to make sure the flat sides of the squash are hitting that hot oiled pan. Roast until the undersides are golden, about 15 minutes. Remove the squash from the oven, shake the pan (or flip the squash with tongs if you’re down with OCD, yeah you know me), return to the oven, and roast until the new underside is golden brown,10 to 15 minutes. Let cool to room temp or just warm (so it doesn’t murder the greens when you drop them on).

Make the dressing. In a screw-top jar, shake the vinegar, mustard, honey, garlic, salt, pepper, and oil until it’s creamy. (If it separates, just shake it again.)

Makes the salad. Arrange the arugula on a platter. Top with the roasted squash, pomegranate seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Scatter the onion and goat cheese on top. Drizzle with the dressing to taste and sprinkle with pepper.

*Or finely diced green apple if you can’t find pom seeds.

Based on excerpts from Cravings: Hungry For More by Chrissy Teigen, with the permission of Clarkson Potter, a division of Penguin Random House. Copyright © 2018.