Crab Salad Sandwiches with a Zesty Grapefruit-Honey Dressing

Mariel here. This weekend was one for the books. Despite the weatherman’s warnings that Saturday would be rainy and gray, Mother Nature pulled out the big guns and dished up two days of clear blue skies and 70-degree temps. My husband and I headed east to see both of our moms for Mother’s Day and spent the majority of the weekend lapping up the sunshine – he played peekaboo with poison ivy by ransacking overgrown weeds and vines in the backyard, while my mom and I engaged in some good old fashioned mother-daughter bonding: we window shopped.

In honor of the little seaside town that we now call “home away from home,” I was inspired to create a fancy lunch treat that might be served at one of the area’s al fresco cafes. While I don’t have the budget for fresh lump crab at the moment, I was able to stock up on the canned variety for a song, thanks to my bff Costco who was hosting a sale. This salad is light, crisp and full of flavor, plus it’s practically guilt-free. I riffed on my mom’s Crab Louis from last year but knocked out the mayo and subbed in a citrusy Grapefruit-Honey Dressing and a handful of crunchy red radishes to add a little tooth. To up the “zest” factor, I also lined the bread with grapefruit segments, which really wraps up the flavor in a nice tasty package.

Lastly, speaking of packages, we’re hosting another giveaway (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED), this time compliments of West Bend. The 100-year-old company has generously offered one Feast on the Cheaper a 5-Quart Oblong Slow Cooker, which will help keep you out of the kitchen now that the weather has decided to cooperate. Added bonus? The heating base doubles as a light-duty griddle – any apartment-bound chef knows that multifunctional = miraculous.

Here’s how to win it (GIVEAWAY CLOSED):
1. Leave us a message below and let us know how to contact you in the event that your name is picked
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Giveaway ends Thursday June 2, 2011. Open to US residents only. Note: We did not receive any free merchandise or compensation from West Bend in return for hosting this giveaway. Listed on Giveaway Scout

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Crab Salad Sandwiches with a Zesty Grapefruit-Honey Dressing
Makes 3 sandwiches

2 6-oz cans of lump crab – $6.00
2 medium radishes, scrubbed, sliced, then halved – $0.99
1 large grapefruit, cut into quarters – $1.49
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped (or fresh parsley if you don’t like cilantro) – $0.89
3 rolls or 6 slices of fresh, crusty bread, lightly toasted – $2.00
Salt & pepper to taste – stock

For the dressing:
Juice from a quarter of the grapefruit – calculated above
2 Tablespoons of olive oil – stock
2 Tablespoons of vinegar (preferably Champagne vinegar, but white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar also work) – stock
1 teaspoon honey – stock
Lots of freshly ground black pepper – stock
Pinch of salt – stock
Grand total assuming well-stocked kitchen: $11.37
Cost per serving: $3.79

1. Prepare the dressing by whisking all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

2. Drain the cans of crab meat very well. Combine the crab with the radish segments and chopped cilantro. Toss with several Tablespoons of the dressing (you’ll likely have extra dressing leftover). Season the salad with salt and pepper, to your liking.

3. Slice the remaining 3/4’s of the grapefruit into thin segments (as thin as you can make them). Lightly toast the bread or rolls then assemble the sandwiches by adding a layer of grapefruit segments then spooning on the crab salad. Enjoy!


  1. Alison says

    I better win this. I have followed all of your commands besides subscribing to your RSS feed. You’re already on my Google Reader.

  2. says

    What an incredible sandwich and giveaway!
    Funny enough, I have been leaving comments all over the blogosphere the past 2 weeks saying I really need to invest in a slow cooker as there have been so many wonderful recipes!
    I would love to win but sadly being so far away, I don’t think I qualify. :-(
    Best of luck to everybody.
    :-) Mandy

  3. Sharon says

    Oooh Wonderful prize! I liked West Bend Kitchen Appliances on Facebook and also liked you on facebook (Rust Hawk). Thanks so much for the entry!

  4. says

    Yummy sandwich and great giveaway! Like West Bend and you guys on Facebook – already liked you well enough already 😉
    carketch29 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  5. says

    I’ve NEVER owned a slow cooker and I’ve been shopping them for months now. Your timing couldn’t be better for me, so I’m hoping to be your winner.
    Love your website, love your recipes, and I’m eager to try this crab salad. I’ve never purchased crab meat in a can — can’t say why — but I’m headin’ out to Costco asap.
    Alice Olson

  6. says

    Heck, yeah I’d like to win that beautiful oblong crock cooker! But even without it – your blog is a great source for the best of the best! Keep up the Yummy work!

  7. Jeanne in Toledo says

    I follow you and west bend on FB already – boy, could I USE this wonderful appliance!
    jburton1114 at gmail

  8. says

    Oh my gosh…first–they crab salad looks amazing. With the grapefruit on the sandwiches, especially! If I was lucky enough to win, you can reach me at ellenekitchen at gmail dot com, same address I’m signed in to comment with.
    I could totally use this because I gave my slow cooker to my sister in law and now I want it back, haha!

  9. Kiska Austin says

    Thanks for all of the great recipes! I like you both on facebook. My kids would kiss my feet if I had a slow cooker! Please e-mail me if I’m fortunate enough to win.

  10. Steve Stringer says

    Please contact me via email if I win. (*fingers crossed*)

    Also, I signed up for the email newsletter.

    Thanks! :)

  11. says

    Hey you two crazy gurls! I would like to win this one! You must know that I am always peeking in on you and your delicious (and beautifully photographed) site! Keep ’em coming, please. Happy long weekend!

    • feastonthecheap says

      Good to hear from you and glad you’re signing up for the giveaway! Happy weekend to you, as well. I’ll be hitting my garden in between trips to the oven. Wish you were here to guide me in the wild and untamed flora and fauna I call “yard”! xo

  12. says

    The sandwich looks great! Fantastic for a nice summer lunch. If my name is picked uou can email me at nutmegnanny (at) hotmail (dot) com. Fingers and toes are crossed I win…it looks so nice!

  13. Chrissie says

    I would love to win this crockpot! It’s such a fabulous way to cook when the weather gets too hot for much stove and oven cooking. I can be reached my email or Facebook!

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