Pear & Crab Salad – Blogger Secret Ingredient

This week Erica from Itzy’s Kitchen is hosting the Blogger Secret Ingredient – and she chose pears!  I was very excited because pears are such a delicious fall fruit.  I came up with this salad and it was really good.  I let Bobby taste the dressing before I put it on the make sure it was okay and his mouth dropped – “don’t change anything!” he exclaimed.  So I didn’t.  And here’s the finished recipe…

Pear & Crab Salad


  • 1 bosc pear, chopped (centimeter-ish cubes are good)
  • 6 ounces of lump crab meat (1 can)
  • 2 big handfuls of fresh basil, chopped – maybe 20 leaves?
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage OR chopped celery (or both!  I was out of celery, but that was my original idea – I substituted in cabbage and it was still really good)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup cashews (optional – I was going to add these at the end and I completely forgot – but they would have been perfect) – or walnuts, or almonds, or your nut of choice!


  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or vinegar of choice)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard


  1. To make the dressing, just mix all the dressing ingredients well.
  2. For the salad, mix everything but the crab.  Then gently fold the crab in.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently mix them together.  Serve!  Topped with cashews or other nuts would be delicious, especially toasted walnuts or sliced almonds.

I had mine on top of lettuce with some extra pear slices; Bobby had his alone with extra pear slices.  We will definitely be making this again.  Thanks for a great ingredient Erica!

17 Comments on Pear & Crab Salad – Blogger Secret Ingredient

  1. Erica
    1 November, 2008 at 9:03 pm (7 years ago)

    Wow! What a neat idea! I wouldn’t have thought about crab+pear! Very creative!

  2. eatingbender
    1 November, 2008 at 9:06 pm (7 years ago)

    Wow – looks incredible! I never would have thought to combine crab and pear, but I love them both so I can imagine that this tastes amazing!! Great job :)

  3. Hil
    1 November, 2008 at 9:08 pm (7 years ago)

    What a beautiful salad! That looks delicious. I will have to try that once my challenge is over and I can afford crab!

    Speaking of the challenge, I’m not including Thanksgiving Day, really. We’re bringing homemade bread to Thanksgiving, but that’s cheap. Everything else I am going to prepare at my mom’s house using her ingredients. In my mind, you’re supposed to go all out for a feast, so I’m fine with ending the day before. Definitely let me know if you decide to do the challenge in some form!

  4. Divya Vikram
    1 November, 2008 at 9:17 pm (7 years ago)

    GIRL!!! 4.4 miles at a stretch! Too long for me.Couldnt go running today as it was raining:( Salad looks just delicious.

  5. Melissa S.
    1 November, 2008 at 9:27 pm (7 years ago)

    creative recipe!!!

  6. mi
    2 November, 2008 at 2:04 am (7 years ago)

    wow! amazing! i LOVE crab, and this combination definitely looks restaurant material. great job!

  7. VeggieGirl
    2 November, 2008 at 7:01 am (7 years ago)

    Such a fun recipe for BSI!!

    Happy Sunday, Maggie!!

  8. zestycook
    2 November, 2008 at 7:40 am (7 years ago)

    Great job. I lov eboth crab and pear and will definitely have to try this!!

    Nice work thanks for sharing


  9. Joanna
    2 November, 2008 at 8:26 am (7 years ago)

    that salad looks so fresh. i loves pears- they are so sweet this time of the year. my favorite are from Harry and David. they are huge.

  10. Brittany Mullins
    2 November, 2008 at 11:50 am (7 years ago)

    Your dish sounds great. I want to try making that dressing as well, especially since Bobby loved it! Hope you had a Happy Halloween!

  11. Biz
    2 November, 2008 at 12:04 pm (7 years ago)

    That looks really good – especially the salad dressing!

  12. fitneat
    3 November, 2008 at 2:58 am (7 years ago)

    you eat so healthily :)
    Adding pear to salads sound great, got to try this one too!

  13. ttfn300
    4 November, 2008 at 6:06 am (7 years ago)

    this looks fantastic!!

  14. ttfn300
    8 December, 2008 at 8:00 pm (7 years ago)

    ooh, made this tonight, a little more cabbage (trying to use it up), some apple slices and pom seeds… delish :)

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