Salad with Old Bay Dressing

Old Bay: it's not just for seafood. This classic seafood seasoning adds spice to a creamy buttermilk dressing for crisp butter lettuce topped with crab.
Photo by Marcus Nilsson/ Food Styling by Michelle Gatton

Keep your starter simple. This basic salad is dressed up with buttery crabmeat and a spicy, creamy Old Bay salad dressing to complement the seafood.

How to Prepare a Classic American Clambake
Ingredients for Salad
  • 4 ounces butter lettuce, torn into small pieces
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into small matchsticks
  • 8 radishes, sliced paper thin
  • ¾cup Buttermilk Old Bay Dressing*
  • 8 ounces lump white crabmeat
Directions for Salad

In large bowl, toss lettuce, carrots and radishes. Divide into 8 dishes. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top each with dressing and 1 ounce crabmeat. Pass additional dressing at the table. Serves 8. 

Ingredients for Old Bay Dressing
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon Coleman’s dry mustard powder
Directions for Buttermilk Old Bay Dressing

Whisk together all ingredients in medium glass bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use. May be made 1 day in advance.

Pair It

When the time comes to sit down at the table, start your clambake with a bright California bubbly. The toasted apple flavors and creaminess of Gloria Ferrer’s NV Brut from Sonoma County hold up to the richness of crabmeat on top of greens with a buttermilk salad dressing.

Published on June 22, 2017
About the Author
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email: mikeandjeff@wineenthusiast.net



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