Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Crab + Avocado Linguine with Scallion Vinaigrette

I'd like to say this recipe was invented by a Cretan mathematician, but he blushes and admits to following a recipe. He even showed me the recipe (photographed below) from a pasta book bought used at a public library for $1.50, but somehow I still don't believe him. I give the mathlete  Kyriakos aka K Town aka Wife #2  full credit for this pasta combination of some of life's greatest treasures normally found inside your favorite sushi roll: crab and avocados.  

Zesting with cretan style knife

The combination of sweet crab meat and creamy avocados tied in with a lemony scallion vinaigrette is truly amazing and especially perfect for spring and summer. We had this pasta for mesimeri,  Greek for linner (lunch + dinner). Everyone needs to try this pasta so stop what you're doing and go to Santa Monica Seafood for some crab meat now!


(Serves 4)

2 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbs red or white vinegar
2 scallions white and light-green parts chopped, dark green tops sliced
1 tsp soy sauce
2/3 cup cooking oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
1 avocado
3/4 lb linguine
1/2 lb lump crab meat (mathlete got it Santa Monica Seafood)


Blend ginger, lemon juice, vinegar, chopped scallion, soy sauce and salt in a blender until smooth. Stir in lemon zest. Cut avocado into 1/2 inch pieces and stir into vinaigrette.

In a large part of boiling salted water, cook linguine until done, about 12 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss with vinaigrette and avocado. Gentle stir in crab meat, top with green scallions. Serve warm.

Goes excellent with a green salad and Deep Sea Chardonnay :) 

Photo of recipe as promised


Peter M said...

I've been enjoying some quick asian pastas with scallions too! Can't go wrong with the crab action, can ya?

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Delightful Anna! Kyriakos is def a "secret Jamie Oliver" in the making. All the ingredients scream summer to me...I have bookmarked this to try when it gets warmer!

Banana Wonder said...

Peter - You can never go wrong with the crab or the avos (esp with a Gree hand :)

Peter - Hah too funny, I will tell him that and he will blush for sure! I can't wait for you to make this and I'm sure yours will be a lot prettier than ours :) ahem, Anthropologie table setting...

Maria said...

oooh, that looks green and fresh and I love its seafood-y goodness! Great quality crab and really good avocados are what surely makes this dish. I've never tried avocados in a pasta dish but now I am quite tempted to. Too bad my husband cannot deal with eating avocado ... I'll have to portion out his "merida" before adding the avocado.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A refined combination! That linguine dish must be delicious! Very summery...



Diana said...

Dude, my parents totally have that Food & Wine pasta cookbook! Good stuff in there! Will have to try this recipe!

Banana Wonder said...

Maria - I never tried (or thought about) avocados in a pasta dish but really they go great - your hubby does not like the avos? Well more for you then :)

Rosa - Summerly all the way. More summer and more avo-crab pasta to come.

Diana - Get out! So the book is Food + Wine? By golly you've solved the mystery! Hope you make this, I know I will (or ask K to) again :)