Crab Salad Lettuce Wraps with Watermelon Relish

Lunch / Dinner

Crab Salad Lettuce Wraps with Watermelon Relish

Starting with a lean protein sets you up for success when trying to eat healthier and smarter. And using a flavorful option, like crab, means you’re still able to pack some “oomph” into your meal without adding extra fat or sodium. Then nestle the crab in buttery-textured lettuce leaves along with fresh ingredients like juicy watermelon, crunchy cucumber, spicy jalapeño, and fragrant cilantro. All that’s needed is a simple vinaigrette flavored with lime and chili powder to take this meal to the next level.


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Test Kitchen Tip

Premium canned or pasteurized crabmeat is found near the seafood counter, or in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores.


Whisk together oil, honey, chili powder, zest, lime juice, and salt for the vinaigrette; season with pepper.

Combine watermelon, cucumber, scallions, cilantro, and jalapeño; toss with half of the vinaigrette.

Toss crab gently with remaining vinaigrette and spoon into lettuce leaves; top with watermelon relish and avocado slices. Serve lettuce wraps with lime wedges.


To avoid water leaching into the filling, keep diced watermelon in a strainer until just before serving.


Gently toss crabmeat with vinaigrette to avoid breaking up the large lumps of meat.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 220

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 13g 20%

Cholesterol 69mg 23%

Sodium 517mg 21%

Carbs 15g 5%

Protein 14g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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