As the summer heat approaches, I am always on the lookout for recipes that won’t require me to turn on the stove or oven and that my little one enjoys. She is almost two now and can eat fish without any worry of allergies so this dish got her stamp of approval on it. This salad is light and does not make you feel sluggish after eating it on a hot day. It is also perfect for when you have guests over for a casual backyard lunch or dinner. I recently made it when my brother and sister -in-law came over for a visit. They really liked it and my brother said that it is simple yet refreshing and that if he was eating it elsewhere he would have never guessed the dressing ingredients.
It is very simple and easy, and has only six ingredients in it and four for the dressing. Here is the breakdown.
The salad ingredients for four adults:
- 1 1/2 heads of shredded Iceberg lettuce
- 2 x 8.5 oz Cans of whole kernel corn (make sure you wash them)
- Fresh mushrooms (I used the whole 8 oz box they come in)
- Cherry tomatoes (I used 3/4 of the 10.5 oz box they come in)
- Generous portion of imitation or real crab
The dressing ingredients:
- Mustard (Yes! the yellow one you put on your hot dog :D)
- Salt to taste
- Freshly squeezed lemon
- Olive oil
How you put it together:
Layer the salad ingredients in a bowl in the following order: Iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, mushroom, corn, and then the crab on top. You can pull the crab apart so it is slightly shredded or you can keep it as is. For the dressing, you mix the ingredients together and place it in a small dressing pitcher with a lid.
There is no need to mix the dressing with the salad. You can keep it layered which is more visually appealing especially in a glass bowl. Each person can pour the dressing on their own plate to their liking. I find that this is the best way especially if you have leftovers and you don’t want them to be soggy due to the dressing.
An option is to also add baby spinach or rocket leaves along with the iceberg at the bottom.
My daughter eats everything in this salad except for the greens which is okay because she doesn’t have a full set of teeth to chew them yet.
If you give this a try or made your own spin on it; let me know how it turned out.