Crab Salad-Stuffed Pitas

July/August 1992, EatingWell Serves Two

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Hold the mayo! We use ingredients that are high in flavor but low in calories—lime juice, ginger, cilantro and chile peppers among them—to make this crab salad both nutritionally sound and absolutely delicious. If you want to skip the pita, serve on a bed of Boston lettuce or mixed greens.

"OK, but not quite what I was hoping for. I used yellow onion instead of red, and I think the result may have been less tasty because of the substitution. "
Crab Salad-Stuffed Pitas

Makes: 2 servings, 1 1/4 cups salad each

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  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 7 ounces cooked crab meat, drained (see Note)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery heart with leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeño pepper, or to taste
  • 2 6-inch pita breads, warmed and cut in half crosswise
  • 2 large lettuce leaves, torn in half


  1. Whisk vinegar, oil, lime juice and pepper in a medium bowl. Add ginger, crab, celery, onion, cilantro and jalapeno; toss well. Line pita halves with lettuce and fill with crab salad.

Tips & Notes

  • Note: Crab meat can be purchased in handy, 3.5-ounce, shelf-stable pouches—usually found in the same section as canned tuna. Each pouch is one serving.


Per serving: 339 calories; 10 g fat (1 g sat, 6 g mono); 70 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 6 g fiber; 728 mg sodium; 250 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (40% daily value), Iron & Vitamin A (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 2 starch, 3 very lean meat, 1 1/2 fat

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