Avocado and Lump Crab Salad

This stuffed avocado and lump crab salad is light and fresh, made with lime juice, olive oil, cilantro and red onion. So quick because there is no cooking involved!

This stuffed avocado and lump crab salad is light and fresh, made with lime juice, olive oil, cilantro and red onion. So quick because there is no cooking involved! It's refreshing and perfect for the Spring or Summer as a lunch or appetizer if you're entertaining, you can easily double or triple this recipe, make the salad ahead and assemble just before serving.

It’s refreshing and perfect for the Spring or Summer as a lunch or appetizer if you’re entertaining, you can easily double or triple this recipe, make the salad ahead and assemble just before serving.

Avocado and Lump Crab Salad – avocado stuffed with a light, lump crab meat – the perfect summer low-carb salad! #glutenfree #whole30 #paleo #lowcarb

Here in Long Island, I’m lucky to have access to fresh crab in my neighborhood seafood store that’s already been cooked and cleaned for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gone crabbing and you can certainly catch them and cook them yourself, but it’s so much easier to buy it ready. If you don’t live near the coast, canned lump crab can be used instead.

Avocado and Lump Crab Salad – avocado stuffed with a light, lump crab meat – the perfect summer low-carb salad! #glutenfree #whole30 #paleo #lowcarb

How To Make Crab Stuffed Avocados

This light crab salad is made with lime juice, olive oil, cilantro and red onion, then stuffed into an avocado. It's light, refreshing and perfect for the summer as a lunch or salad if your having guests and you want to impress! You can easily double or triple this recipe, make the salad ahead and assemble just before serving.
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Avocado and Lump Crab Salad

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178 Cals 9.5 Protein 9 Carbs 13 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Yield: 2 servings
COURSE: Appetizer, Lunch
CUISINE: Mexican
This stuffed avocado and lump crab salad is light and fresh, made with lime juice, olive oil, cilantro and red onion. So quick because there is no cooking involved!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium Hass avocado, about 5 oz avocado
  • 4 oz lump crab meat
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice, from 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 grape tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt and fresh black pepper
  • 2 leaves butter lettuce, optional

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine onion, lime juice, cilantro, tomato, olive oil, 1/8 tsp salt and fresh pepper, to taste.
  • Add crab meat and gently toss.
  • Cut the avocado open, remove pit and peel the skin or spoon the avocado out.
  • Season with remaining 1/8 tsp salt and fill the avocado halves equally with crab salad.
  • This makes 2 servings, place on two plates with lettuce if you wish and serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1avocado half w/ crab meat, Calories: 178kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 9.5g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 447mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 1g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 5
Points +: 5
Keywords: Avocado and Lump Crab Salad, glutenfree, Keto Recipe, Low Carb Reci[pe, Paleo Recipe, stuffed avocado, Whole30 Recipe

Avocado and Lump Crab

Lump Crab and Avocado

Avocado and Lump Crab Salad – avocado stuffed with a light, lump crab meat – the perfect summer low-carb salad! #glutenfree #whole30 #paleo #lowcarb

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  1. I have to say I was amazed at how simple and delicious this recipe was. My husband and I were both skeptical about using our very expensive lump crab meat in anything but a crabcake but this was outstanding and much better than a crabcake!
    I served it on shredded lettuce with a cut up avocado
    It was very satisfying as a dinner with about 4 ounces of crab meat per person. Thank you for another great healthy  recipe!

  2. Super delicious!!!  Easy to make.  Added extra tomatoes and used as a summer dinner.

  3. I just made this and it was delicious! Instead of stuffing the crab, I put it on a toasted piece of Udi’s Gluten Free Multi-grain bread and toasted it. Soooo delicious! In the future I will add a little jalapeno or red pepper flakes for heat. Definitely a winner!

  4. This looks delish! Can’t wait to make it!!!

  5. DELICIOUS!!! I made this for a 4th of July party and it was a big hit!!!! The only difference, I served it with crackers as a dip. Everyone asked for the recipe and I will definitely make this again!!!

  6. Can’t wait to try-loved all the comments on variations! Love Crab & avacoda

  7. can you used can crab meat?

  8. Oh. My. Stars. This was literally THE BEST crab salad I have ever eaten! I shared it with friends, and they agreed it was better than restaurant-quality. Instead of serving it in avocado halves, I chunked the avocado and mixed it into the rest of the salad immediately prior to serving.

  9. Loved it! Light and delicious. Will make again

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  16. I had some unexpected guests coming for appetizers. I looked in my freezer and found that I had some Trader Joe’s frozen crab. In my fridge I always have avocado, limes and cilantro. I started searching on line for a crab stuffed avocado recipe, all the recipes had mayo in them and I am not a mayo fan! I put in without mayo and skinnytaste popped up! I should have known to check here first! This was so, so good! It’s delicious! I lightly grilled my avocado and yum!! I was happy that there was some of the crab mixture left and another avocado and it was even better the next day! Thanks Gina for wonderful recipes!! 

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  18. Gina, here’s something I have been wanting to ask. I really hate the taste of cilantro (and parsley) so I generally just leave it out, but is there another herb that would sub well for it? 
    Thank you! Love your site!! 
    Karen

  19. i made it out of canned crab; fabulouso!!

  20. Is this fresh or canned crab?

  21. It doesn’t say to mix the avocado into the salad. Did I miss what you were supposed to do with the avocado? Maybe a missed step?

  22. I made this for supper last night…WOW it was amazing!

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  25. I made this last night, i did add vegan mayo and a lil mustard. OMG this is sooooo yummy. I made sure to get fresh shelled crab and put it on a bed of microgreens

  26. I”m a little confused, do we eat the avocado or are we just supposed to use the shell. Photo looks like the avocado meat is in there, not scooped.

  27. Hi there!
    what if I didn’t want to use the avocado and just have the salad solo…what is calories, fat, protein, etc.?

  28. So, all I could find in my area was fake crab…I live in Montana. It was still mighty delicious and my kids LOVED it. I found out today that my local Costco has lump crab. Who knew?! So I’ll make it again next week with the real stuff. Thank you!!!!

  29. This has become my go to dish that I make at least once a week…I use lump crab meat that I get from my farmers market with no preservatives and it’s DELICIOUS! Sometimes if I don’t have the crab I will substitute cooked shrimp and it’s so incredibly good that way too. I find that sometimes I prefer it without the cilantro but I can’t say enough good things about this dish! I’ve switched to really clean eating lately and this is the perfect light meal that you can enjoy knowing that it good for you!

  30. Do you think this could be made with chicken? I do not like cram and I’m new to trying to cook healthy and am still a bit unfamiliar with all of this.  Thank you in advance for you help! I love your site and many of your recipes!! 

  31. I am enjoying this now as I type. It's a keeper! I love it and will be making if many more times. Thank you for sharing.

  32. This looks so appetizing! I will be making it soon. Not that I count points or anything, but is 1 serving, 1 half of the avocado? Love all the ingredients in this.

  33. Tried it for breakfast today. It was delicious! I chopped the advacado into the salad. Perfect over greens. Thank you Gina. Simple and delicious!

  34. This looks delicious however I'm watching my sodium intake… Is the sodium from just the crab meat alone? Anyway to reduce the sodium? Would rinsing the crab help?

  35. Looks delicious, Reminded me of the Peruvian dish called "Palta rellena" Stuffed Avocado, you can use tuna or chopped veggies. Yumm!!

  36. I'm on Long Island too! Where do you purchase seafood?

  37. Wow this looks amazing. Anything with avocado is right up my ally!

  38. Thanks for repeating this, Gina. I hadn't seen it yet and am eager to make it — because I LOVE crab! I love some of the other ideas in the comments – it reminds me that if I make extra, the next day I could do without the avocado and instead serve the crab salad on greens or stuffed in a pita — all very low point options! Yay! Thanks again for all your great recipes… I love your book and it's a definite go-to for me.

  39. 4.8 pounds lost on Weight Watchers so far and I have YOU thank for it (in part — I guess WW deserves some credit, too! LOL) Recipes like this one make it a joy! Pinned it to my Weight Watchers Points Recipe board and ALSO pinned it to my Seafood Delight! board. 🙂

  40. I know that's gotta be good! That's what we had as the 1st course at our wedding 🙂

  41. Hi Gina,

    I forgot to put "notify me", so, sorry for double posting….

    I tell all of my friends about your blog. Most of the people I know are seriously overweight, so I love to cook your recipes in order to keep mine. Thanks, you are helping so many.

    Question: I live in Miami and much prefer our creamy local avocados. Do you know how they compare nutrition-wise with Hass? I read that Hass avocados have something that raises metabolism.

    Thanks again,
    Debbie

  42. Hi Gina,

    I tell all of my friends about your blog. Most of the people I know are seriously overweight, so I love to cook your recipes in order to keep mine. Thanks, you are helping so many.

    Question: I live in Miami and much prefer our creamy local avocados. Do you know how they compare nutrition-wise with Hass? I read that Hass avocados have something that raises metabolism.

    Thanks again,
    Debbie

  43. Gina,

    could we add shrimp to the mix and if so…would the point value go up or remain the same?

    Kim

  44. OMG just made this and it was so delicious. WOW new favorite quick snack Yummy Yummy. I personally loved it exactly with what the receipe calls for. My wife could do with less lime and no olive oil.

  45. Great recipe! I had some very ripe avocados that I needed to use and a package of imitation crab and this was the perfect use for them! I whipped it up within 15 minutes and just had it for lunch! So good! It'll probably be tonight's dinner too since I have left over ingredients.

    I did leave out the salt and used extra cilantro & onions and served it over a bed of romaine lettuce.

  46. This is delicious! I only had imitation crab, and I used that, but I can imagine it must be fabulous with real crab. I added a tomato to fill it out more as this was going to be our dinner. Easy, quick and I didn't have to heat up the kitchen! BTW, a serving is 8 PlusPoints.

  47. Can you use the crab meat that comes in a can or is it best to use real?

  48. Made it today for lunch, put it in a 1pt pita… DELISH!!

  49. This was delicious! I made this for my husband and I today for lunch and we will definitely have it again. We used fresh snow crab.

  50. did you use real crab meat or the fake kind…..looks wonderful…..thanks

  51. Glad you liked it, I love this salad!

  52. Gina:

    I made this last night TOP NOTCH!!!

    And i took the rest for lunch over a bed of spinach tomatoes and red onions… i used white balsamic vinaigrette

    amazing Thank u!

  53. Gina I stumbled upon your blog on a google mission to find more ww recipes, and OMAGOSH this salad is friggin AMAZING!!! SO delicious. Thank You so much. And your photographs are beautiful.

  54. This looks absolutely amazing!!!

    I love that you serve it in the avocado “shell”…I do the same with guacamole.

  55. This reminds me of my favourite sea-side starter. I used to order it quite frequently back home in the tropics. So refreshing and satisfying! As always, I admire your ability to make it low in points. Great photo too, looks almost angelic (is it weird to describe food as angelic?!)

  56. @Patrick, this one is a must!

  57. *sigh* I just got back from the grocery store and this makes me want to go back! I knew I should have checked in before I went shopping…

  58. The flavors in this dish are awesome, and the photo is lovely!

  59. @Joann, I know it’s so good you’ll want to eat both halves! I saved the other half for my hubby 🙂

    @Duo, yes, serving it over greens would make a nice lunch, can’t wait to make it again!

  60. FYI..It is 2 servings..

    This is EXCELLENT..I just made it, and I have no idea how I will not eat the whole thing!!
    Thanks Gina!!

  61. This really only has a few ingredients in it too, so it’s so simple and light. It would be excellent over greens.

  62. 5ww points??? I cannot belive it!!! Thanks Gina.

  63. Is that 5 points for the entire amount? You don’t list servings, so I am assuming this is one serving?

  64. Love the presentation! Looks very tasty too!