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Summer Salad with Watermelon and Crab

Sharon Muse

Summer is not here yet, but with the heat we are dealing with in Atlanta we needed a delicious salad to cool us down. Since everyone loves watermelon and it's now in season, we couldn't resist using it. We put our special twist on this delicious salad by adding fresh lump crab meat and it is quickly becoming our favorite! 

Watermelon is not only refreshing, it is also terrific for your health. It is 92 percent water and will keep you hydrated during the hot summer months. It also packs a punch with Vitamins C and A both of which help keep our hair and skin healthy as well as our immune system. Vitamin C helps our body make collagen and vitamin A helps our body create cells to repair skin. Watermelon also has Lycopene, which is a phytonutrient linked with heart health, bone health, and prostate cancer prevention. The riper the watermelon, the more lycopene it has, so be sure to look for a juicy red one.

You may think crab is an interesting choice but trust us, it is delicious in this salad. Plus, crab is a great source of protein, Omega 3 fatty acid, and a terrific source of selenium which plays a vital role in Thyroid and immune function.

This simple salad is extremely easy to make and will probably take you only about 5 minutes! It has all the ingredients you want (and need!) for a warm summer (or spring for that matter) night. The coolness of watermelon, plus the freshness of the basil, plus the protein from the crab makes it a total winner in our book! We love making this salad for our BBQs and girls' night since it so fresh and light! 

Serves: 2 appetizer sized salads

Ingredients:

3 cups cold diced watermelon

8 oz. fresh lump crab meat

1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

1/4 cup lightly packed sliced fresh basil

1/2 of a lemon squeezed

1 T olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1.) Combine all the ingredients from watermelon through basil in a medium size bowl.

2.) Add lemon juice and olive oil over the salad, toss and season with salt and pepper.

3.) Chill for 5-10 minutes then enjoy!