Endive Spears with Crab, Pomelo, & Avocado
Nestled in endive spears are sturdy chunks of brightly flavored pomelo, creamy avocado, and crab – kissed with a hint of rice vinegar and Molokai salt.
Almost making you feel like you’re at the spa, these little salad boats of Endive Spears with Crab, Pomelo, & Avocado are the perfect appetizer for a garden party or just a delicious fresh snack! Nestled in endive leaves lay sturdy chunks of brightly flavored pomelo, creamy avocado, and crab. The drizzle of rice vinegar is the perfect kiss. And sprinkled on top, sandy grains of ruby red Molokai salt.
I had just gotten used to waking up to frosty mornings, hills smokey with fog, and bowls upon bowls of hot soup, I woke up one morning to what felt like spring. The skies have been a sharp clear blue. The air smells of clean soil, and all the neighborhood children have emerged to ride bikes on the street.
This weather will likely be short-lived, but for now, we are really enjoying this hint of spring.
The little break from the cold and the rain feels like a mini vacation. It urges me to detox from a winter of heavy foods and endless sweets. I may not be able to indulge in a beach vacation right now, but these little salad boats were a great way to imagine my way to warm sand and a sea breeze.
Endive Spears with Crab, Pomelo, & Avocado are simple, light, and what I call spa food. Nestled in endive leaves lay sturdy chunks of brightly flavored pomelo, creamy avocado, and crab. The drizzle of rice vinegar is the perfect kiss. And sprinkled on top, sandy grains of ruby red Molokai salt. Today this was an ideal afternoon snack. If you’re hosting or creating a lovely fresh meal, this would make an amazing fresh appetizer.
It was the ideal afternoon snack for me today.
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Endive Spears with Crab, Pomelo, & Avocado
- 12 endive leaves
- 1 pomelo segmented, with each segment sliced into thirds
- 1 avocado thinly sliced
- 6-8 oz crab
- light drizzle of rice vinegar
- cilantro finely chopped
- high quality salt for finishing to taste
- In each endive spear, arrange the pomelo and avocado.
- Chop crab, and add to the top of each spear.
- Drizzle lightly with rice vinegar.
- Garnish with cilantro and finishing salt.
- Serve immediately.
I used red Molokai salt, but any good Kosher salt will do.
All of my favorite things wrapped up like a gift :)
those are gorgeous and really do scream spring! love using endives as vessels for food.
That looks utterly lovely.
these are definitely on the menu for my next dinner party… i love crab and avocado! and i’ve been wondering what i could make with endives… these are perfect! =)
Such simple and fresh ingredients guarantee success! This looks like the perfect snack on a warm winter day. We are starting to see the sun again in Austin, and I’m eager for warm weather and light food like this. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. May the middle of your week be full of joy and laughter.
These look divine. Clean crisp and full of great flavors and textures.
I had to stop reading the first part of this post… we’re FREEZING here!
But… but… I forgive you because you have posted yet another beautiful endive recipe (you know how I love endive).
Aw, I do feel bad for my East Coast friends! When I was typing this out, I did feel a few pangs of guilt that I was gushing about our warm weather when the rest of the country is shivering. But hopefully we can all use our imaginations and pretend that summer is around the corner. Thank you for forgiving me :)
The weather has been warming up here in LA too recently, it does feel like a little bit of spring, although I’m not sure where winter went this year since it never got very cold. Well I’m enjoying it anyways. Grapefruit and endive are perfect for those warmer weather days when you crave something crisp and refreshing.
Hi Silvie – oh, that makes me miss the “winters” in LA (we lived there for about two years). I do love that the grapefruit season is in the wintertime – it’s a great way to hang on till the real warm weather!
What a beautiful salad and I love the fresh, healthy ingredients with the endive and pomelo. This would be a light, healthy appetizer.
What a perfect word for this bite and this moment.
Thank you, Valerie! We all need that little break, once in a while :)
These would be great to serve at a dinner party – they look wonderful!
I seriously want to just pull these things off of my screen and eat them. Right. NOW. They look so fresh and delicious!
Thank you Stephanie!!
Lovely! Thanks for the great gourmet idea.
I’m all over this idea! If my bridesmaids and maid of honor weren’t seafood-phobes, I’d request this as finger food for my bridal shower. Perhaps I’ll use them to counter my fiancé’s chicken wings for the Superbowl. I AM a dietitian after all — have to have at least one healthy, nourishing thing! These look fantastic; definitely a hint of spring in the cold, grey of winter.
Cheers and thanks for the idea,
Oh no, seafood phobic friends? Ah well, I love the idea of serving them at a Superbowl party. VERY unexpected but I’m sure even the manliest man would take a bite. Maybe kick it up with some jalapeno to entice them :)
Good call — cheers!
love how they are called salad boats… makes me want to sail away to spring.. or better yet SUMMER!
definitely a breath of fresh air!
If only we could sail away to spring!
What perfect starters! You and I are in a crabby state of mind, Liren! I’ve just posted crab cakes (w/ avocado relish), too. :-) I can almost taste the perfect balance of flavors. Yum!
Hee hee, I’m always in a crabby mood :) Love crab in all its forms, and crab cakes are one of my weaknesses!
It’s 10 degrees in New York, but this looks so good to eat right now….
Brrr, Norma! I send you warm thoughts!
I love that it felt like Spring the last few days – although I not sure how long it will last. What a perfect fresh appetizer – I bet it was hard to eat just one. :-)
Oh yes, I ate that whole plate all by myself :)
I love it. Looks so classy and refreshing. I would definitely put at least 8 of those onto my Super Bowl Party plate. :-p And eat them all!
It definitely doesn’t feel like spring here! But these look delicious and I love avocado with crab. I would happily devour these while looking out my window at the 3 ft of snow!
It’s still cold here in Paris but this dish looks so delicious I’m sure it will bring Spring along in our minds. Lovely combination!
What a beautiful dish! It is so light and fresh and balance. I just love pomelo. It sounds perfect serving this way :)
It has been feeling like spring around here….the trees are starting to bloom. This dish seems perfect for it! Light and yummy!