Crab Salad with citrus mint dressing

This quick starter makes a refreshing change to all that rich festive food. There's no cooking to do either.

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes 15 minutes

Serves: 4


2 large oranges, peeled
1 large fennel bulb
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp clear honey
2 tbsp freshly chopped mint
200g fresh white crab meat
4 Little Gem lettuces, outer leaves separated and trimmed


  1. Remove the orange segments over a bowl, collecting the juice. Reserve 3 tbsp juice for the dressing and place the segments in a separate bowl to the juice.
  2. Trim the fennel and cut in quarters lengthways. Discard the hard core. Finely slice, then add to the orange segments.
  3. Whisk the olive oil into the orange juice. Add the honey and mint, then season. Pour half the dressing over the orange and fennel.
  4. Pat the crab meat dry with kitchen towel. Add the crab to the orange and fennel and toss gently. Arrange 2 lettuce leaves on each plate, spoon the crab salad into the leaves, drizzle with the remaining dressing and serve.