Servings: Serves 4 (as first course)
Ingredients 5 Tbsp. fresh lime juice2 1/2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil2 1/2 Tbsp. vegetable oil1 Tbsp. very finely chopped jalapeno1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro , plus cilantro leaves for garnish1/2 Tbsp. honey1/2 tsp. minced garlicSalt and freshly ground black pepper1/2 pound lump crab meat , picked over1 1/2 Hass avocados , diced (1/2 inch)1/3 cup minced red onion1 large heirloom tomato , cut into four 1/2-inch-thick slicesTortilla chips , for serving
Total time: 30 minutes
In a small bowl, combine the lime juice with the olive oil, vegetable oil, jalapeño, chopped cilantro, honey and garlic. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.
In a small bowl, toss the crab with 3 tablespoons of the dressing and season with salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, gently toss the avocado with the red onion and 2 tablespoons of the dressing; season with salt and pepper.
Place a tomato slice on each plate and season with salt. Top with the avocado and the crab and garnish with the cilantro. Drizzle the remaining dressing on top and serve with tortilla chips.
Note: To replicate the recipe shown here, spoon chopped cherry tomatoes into glasses; top with the crab, avocado and remaining dressing and serve.
Wine Pairing: Rich crab and avocado call for a white wine with body; at the same time, only a white with good acidity will stand up to the sweet-spicy-tart dressing here. Chardonnays from Sonoma's Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast appellations would work well. Look for the 2008 Freeman Ryo-fu Chardonnay or the 2007 Gallo of Sonoma Estate.