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side essentials: artichoke w/optional crab, salad

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

This is an easy/peasy recipe to assemble, and since no cooking is required, you can have it on the table in 10 quick minutes. This is an excellent salad to serve with fish; however, it works well with beef, and chicken. As a matter of fact, you could make it a bit bigger, and serve it as a complete meal. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

yield 2 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For side essentials: artichoke w/optional crab, salad

  • butter lettuce, or other lettuce, as needed
  • 6 oz
    artichoke hearts, more on this later
  • olive oil, extra virgin, as needed
  • balsamic vinegar, or glaze, as needed
  • shaved parmesan, as needed
  • black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 4 oz
    lump crab meat, picked over for shells

How To Make side essentials: artichoke w/optional crab, salad

  • 1
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    There are many varieties of artichokes out there; some come in cans, and some come in glass jars. What you want are marinated artichokes. The marinade usually consists of oil, vinegar, citrus, and a few other assorted spices. Marinated artichokes almost always come in a glass jar… at least the good ones do. My favorite brand is Cento Artichoke Hearts, Quartered and Marinated, 6 oz jar.
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    In addition to lump crab meat, I have made this dish with tuna, but only if it is Wild Planet brand.
  • 4
    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  • 5
    Layer two plates with butter lettuce, or lettuce of choice.
  • 6
    Drain the artichokes, and divide between the two plates, then add the lump crab meat, if using.
  • 7
    Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
  • 8
    Add a bit of balsamic vinegar, or glaze.
  • 9
    Chef’s Note: If you have a balsamic glaze, use it in place of the straight vinegar. Being thicker, it clings to the ingredients; giving a better presentation.
  • 10
    Toss on some parmesan shavings, and add a few grinds of fresh black pepper.
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    This works great as a side salad for just about anything; but especially for seafood. Enjoy.
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