Crab Salad with Pear and Hazelnuts

This delicious crab salad is tossed with with hazelnuts and chopped pear, and served on a bed of butter lettuce.

Crab Salad with Pears and Hazelnuts
Elise Bauer

Most crab lovers know that fresh crab pairs well with avocado. But have you ever tried it with roasted hazelnuts (also called Filberts)?

Roasted hazelnuts have a naturally buttery flavor that goes beautifully with shellfish like crab and lobster.

The idea for this salad came from a crab hazelnut pear appetizer I had that was prepared by Oregon chef Jason Stoller Smith.

It's lovely!

Love crabs? Here are some more recipes that feature your favorite crustacean!

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Crab Salad with Pear and Hazelnuts

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups crab meat

  • 1/4 cup roasted hazelnuts

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery

  • 2 firm but sweet, finely choppedpears

  • 1/4 cup finely choppedred onion

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (or 3 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice)

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Salt, to taste

  • 4 large piecesofbutter lettuce, rinsed and patted dry


  1. Toss together the ingredients:

    In a medium sized bowl, mix the hazelnuts, celery, pear, onion, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, ground pepper, and salt.

  2. Gently fold in the lump crab meat:

    Try not to break up the crab too much.

  3. Serve in butter lettuce leaves:

    Make individual servings, about a half cup each over a piece of butter lettuce.

Crab Salad with Pear and Hazelnuts Recipe
Crab salad with pear and hazelnuts on butter lettuce. Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
170 Calories
9g Fat
18g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 170
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 292mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 352mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.