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Tarragon Crab Salad

Serves 4
  • Active time:10 min
  • Start to finish:10 min
September 2008
The keys to this fast, simple dish, inspired by a classic crab-stuffed tomato at Yves Camdeborde’s Paris brasserie, Le Comptoir du Relais, are flavorful ripe tomatoes, fresh herbs, and excellent crabmeat.

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  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons mild olive oil
  • 1 lb jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over
  • 2 teaspoons chopped tarragon
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 large tomatoes (1 1/2 to 2 lb total), sliced thick
  • 3 cups baby romaine leaves
  • Blend yolk, vinegar, water, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper in a blender. With motor running, add oil in a slow stream.
  • Toss crabmeat with dressing, tarragon, and chives.
  • Season tomatoes with salt and serve topped with romaine and crab.
Serve with: a toasted baguette

Cooks’ notes:
  • We’ve also got a web-exclusive recipe using the leftover tarragon.
  • The egg yolk in this recipe is not cooked.
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