Watercress Crab Salad


Simple, Paleo recipe

I don’t post recipes too often because I don’t really do recipes. I usually just eat a protein, something that grows in the ground, and some fat. That doesn’t usually add up to more than 5 ingredients at a time, if that, and it doesn’t usually add up to very interesting recipes either. So I save recipe posting for the real foodies.

But a few nights ago a noteworthy salad came about from Evelyn’s dislike of, and my love for, watercress, plus a relatively empty refrigerator.

To me, watercress is deliciously peppery.  To Evelyn, watercress is too peppery. We didn’t agree but since we didn’t have much to work with I had to find a way to make it work. That’s where the apple came in. The apple offset the peppery flavor and made it tolerable even for my kid’s delicate taste buds (we don’t eat spicy foods much).

The flavor was so good I just had to share.


  1. Watercress
  2. Apple
  3. Crab
  4. Copious amounts of pastured butter

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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  1. Hi Peg,
    I thought you gals were fructose and dairy free?


    • CJ,

      We do butter. (Evelyn does cheese and ice cream occasionally – not simultaneously.) And that was a half an apple. ;) Anyone without FM would probably get a whole apple to themselves!

      • I see. Did you have any negative reactions when you reintroduced butter? (milk solids-trace casein, IGF-1, etc…)


        • I still don’t think butter is a great choice for me but occasionally I use it anyway.

  2. This sounds so yummy. I’m making it this week. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Was your crab cooked or raw?

    • I’m not even sure where one could get raw crab! It is always cooked before you buy it.

      • there are some seafood markets that sell live crabs. You can get fresh fish and others seafood there also. Some Asian grocery stores have a seafood market inside or there may be one in your city. I live in Fl and we have many!

  4. This looks great. Watercress is even too peppery for me sometimes, but it sounds like the apple will balance it out.

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