Dungeness Crab and Winter Citrus Salad
James Carrier
Yields Makes 4 to 6 servings
Notes: You can cook and season the rice (steps 1 and 2) up to 1 day ahead; when cool, cover and chill. Sliced pickled ginger (the pale pink kind served with sushi) is available canned in many supermarkets and refrigerated in Asian food markets; daikon sprouts are also available in Asian markets, but as an alternative you can use 2 cups rinsed and drained watercress leaves. To economize on the crab, you can replace part with chilled shelled cooked tiny shrimp.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart pan, combine rice and broth. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to very low, cover pan, and cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is just tender to bite, about 20 minutes.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, in a wide bowl, mix rice vinegar with sugar. When rice is cooked, spoon it at once into bowl; mix with a fork. Let stand until lukewarm or cooler, about 30 minutes. Sliver 1/3 cup pickled ginger and add, along with bell pepper, to rice mixture. Stir with a fork to loosen rice grains and mix.

Step 3
3

As rice mixture cools, with a sharp knife, cut peel and outer membrane from grapefruit, then cut between segments and inner membranes to release fruit; drop into a bowl. Discard peel and membranes. Sort through crab and remove and discard any bits of shell.

Step 4
4

Mound rice mixture equally on dinner plates; top with crab and grapefruit segments. Spoon juice from grapefruit segments and the Sesame Cream Dressing evenly over salads; garnish with daikon sprouts and pickled ginger slices.

Ingredients

 1 cup long-grain white rice
 2 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
 6 tablespoons rice vinegar
 1 tablespoon sugar
  About 1/3 cup sliced pickled ginger
 1 red bell pepper (8 oz.), rinsed, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
 2 or 3 ruby grapefruit (2 to 3 lb. total) or 4 to 6 blood oranges (1 1/2 to 2 1/4 lb. total)
 1 pound shelled cooked Dungeness crab (about 2 1/4 cups)
  About 8 ounces daikon sprouts, root ends trimmed, rinsed and drained

Directions

Step 1
1

In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart pan, combine rice and broth. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to very low, cover pan, and cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is just tender to bite, about 20 minutes.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, in a wide bowl, mix rice vinegar with sugar. When rice is cooked, spoon it at once into bowl; mix with a fork. Let stand until lukewarm or cooler, about 30 minutes. Sliver 1/3 cup pickled ginger and add, along with bell pepper, to rice mixture. Stir with a fork to loosen rice grains and mix.

Step 3
3

As rice mixture cools, with a sharp knife, cut peel and outer membrane from grapefruit, then cut between segments and inner membranes to release fruit; drop into a bowl. Discard peel and membranes. Sort through crab and remove and discard any bits of shell.

Step 4
4

Mound rice mixture equally on dinner plates; top with crab and grapefruit segments. Spoon juice from grapefruit segments and the Sesame Cream Dressing evenly over salads; garnish with daikon sprouts and pickled ginger slices.

Dungeness Crab and Winter Citrus Salad