Gustafson Family Vineyards Dungeness Crab Salad

So easy to make, and so delicious, this crab salad appetizer impresses with its fresh flavors.

Servings: 4-6

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Pair With: Pair with the Gustafson Family Vineyards 2011 Estate Rosé of Syrah.

Source: Recipe courtesy Dan Gustafson of Gustafson Family Vineyards; photo by Tama Takahashi.


approximately 1/3 cup mayonnaise, as needed to bind
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 pound Dungeness crabmeat, cleaned and cartilage removed
1/3 cup finely diced celery
grated zest of 1 lemon
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
1 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
cayenne pepper to taste
12 to 18 Belgian endive leaves


In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise and mustard, then add the crabmeat, celery, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, chives and parsley. Mix and taste. Add the remaining lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. It can be prepared up to one day ahead of time, but tastes best when served within six hours.

Just before serving, spoon the crab salad onto the endive leaves and arrange on a platter. For a different presentation, spoon onto crispy wonton crackers or slices of toasted bread.


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Chef's Notes:

Chef Dan Gustafson:
This crab salad really makes our Rosé “pop.” The crab should be fresh to maximize the wine’s bright fruit flavors. Finding fresh Dungeness isn’t a problem when you’re in our neck of the woods! We made this crab salad for our first public event and people kept coming back for more. Sure, we’d like to think it’s just the Rosé, but we know it is really the overall experience of a perfect pairing. Enjoy!


Editor's Note:
The tasty crab salad is enhanced by chilling--allot enough to time to chill it for an hour at least, for best result.

Recipe Courtesy Of

Gustafson Family Vineyards

Today, Gustafson Family Vineyards is home to 20 sustainably farmed vineyard acres and a winery producing 11 estate wines.