My five-year old, Liam, and his three-year-old younger brother, Lucas, are inseparable. Yet the two boys could hardly be more different. One of the most notable displays of their differences comes in the form of their regard for truth-telling.
We like to joke that with Lucas, you always know where you stand. He does not mince words and he tells it like it is, for better or worse. The kid does not tell a lie, ever. Even at the cost of rewards or consequences.Lucas, did you hit your brother? Yes, I did. He looked at me funny. What’s that smell, Lucas? It’s me. I farted. Lucas, are you going to cooperate for Mommy today? No, I’m not. (Spoken with a voice of unfortunate regret and calm, matter-of-fact truth.)
Liam, on the other hand, is almost always scheming for his next treat or devising a plan to get his hands on some forbidden item. And he is hardly ever not spinning some story.Whatcha doing, Liam? Nothing. It’s impossible to be doing nothing. What are you really doing? Seriously, Mommy. I’m not doing any mischief. (Indicator of certain mischief) If I need to come in there to see what you’re doing, I’m going to be upset. Alright…I’m climbing on a precarious pile of knives, broken glass, and samurai swords, trying to get to the candy on top of the fridge.
So, on the afternoon, when Lucas came crying to us, claiming that Liam had spit on him, we were inclined to believe him. When confronted, Liam repeatedly insisted that he did not spit on his brother. Finally, as my husband puts it, he played the Jesus card. In his words, I pay for Catholic school. That gives me the right to play the Jesus card. The Jesus card goes something like this: What would Jesus think if he found out you were lying? (Apparently, the infamous Catholic guilt doesn’t come from the church. It comes from the parents.)
But it worked. Liam let out a sigh and then reluctantly said, Alright… He then proceeded to carefully explain that he did in fact spit. And it was, in fact, in Lucas’ general direction. But he wasn’t spitting at Lucas. Lucas just happened to get in the way of the spit.
The lesson here is…when in doubt, ask Lucas. And don’t take anything Liam tells you at face value.
I’m more of a Lucas when it comes to the truth, which goes to say that you can believe me when I tell you that this salad belongs on your list of must-make recipes for the summer. It’s a simple variation of one of my older recipes (Chilled Avocado Soup and Crab Cake with Chipotle Remoulade). In this variation, a simple broiled crab cake, loaded with crab meat and just enough filler to hold it together, is set atop a salad of mixed greens, ripe avocado, sweet corn, and summer tomatoes. A drizzle of spicy chipotle remoulade dressing completes the dish. This entree salad makes the perfect light, but satisfying summer dish. Crab, avocado, tomatoes, corn, and chipotle pepper…honestly, summer heaven.
Crab Cake Summer Salad with Chipotle Remoulade Dressing
For the Crab Cakes
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs (regular or whole wheat)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons mayonaisse
- 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning, such as Old Bay
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 pound jumbo lump or backfin crab meat, cooked*
For the Dressing
- 1/2 cup mayonaisse
- 1 chipotle pepper (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon sweet relish
For the Salad
- 8 cups mixed spring greens
- 1 ripe avocado, peeled and chopped**
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 red onion, thinly shaved
- 1 cup sweet corn kernels
* Look for fresh-picked crabmeat in the seafood section of your grocery store. It’s a fresher alternative than canned crabmeat and a heck of a lot more convenient than picking your own crab meat!
** Click HERE for my photo guide on how to slice an avocado.
For the Crab Cakes: Preheat broiler. Wipe a baking sheet with a bit of olive or vegetable oil (to prevent sticking.) Combine all ingredients, except the crab meat, in a bowl. Mix until well blended. Gently fold the crab meat into the other ingredients, taking care not to break up the chunks too much. Use your hands to form four equal sized balls of the crab mixture. Gently flatten the balls into thick patties and place on the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheet several inches under the broiler and cook for about 10 minutes until completely heated through.
For the Dressing: Combine mayo, chipotle, relish, and mustard in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To Assemble the Salad: Arrange about 2 cups of mixed greens on each plate. Scatter with the avocado, tomatoes, corn, and red onions. Place a warm crab cake in the center. Drizzle with the dressing.
Makes 4 Salads