Salad of Sand Crab, Cucumber, Coriander + Mint : Chef Peter Doyle

Have you been to .est? I’ve delighted in the food of Chef Peter Doyle a number of times over the years and bumped into him on the floor on my last visit to .est. While we were chatting I asked if he would like to share a recipe with you and this is what he selected. Doesn’t it look refreshing and so right for Sydney and the warmer spring and summer weather.


Chef: Peter Doyle

Serves 10


450g shelled blue swimmer crab meat
2 avocados – peeled, sliced
30ml lemon juice
150ml extra virgin olive oil
10 coriander leaves, chopped
20 slices cucumber – peeled, sliced lengthwise
10 mint leaves – chopped
20 pink grapefruit segments
30 round slices heart of palm
50ml Vietnamese dipping sauce
coriander cress
sea salt, black pepper


Pick over crabmeat to remove all traces of shell and divide into 40g portions.

Peel avocado, remove stone, and slice across into even slices.

Make a lemon vinaigrette with the lemon juice and olive oil, season with salt and pepper to taste to make sure the in right, not too acidic.

Place crabmeat in a bowl (or bowls) and add cucumber dice, chopped coriander and mint, and 1 tablespoon of dipping sauce per serve.

Toss all ingredients together and place on top of the avocado and between slices of heart of palm and grapefruit segments.

Decorate with coriander cress and finish with lemon vinaigrette.

Serve immediately.

Thanks for the recipe Chef!

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3 Responses to “Salad of Sand Crab, Cucumber, Coriander + Mint : Chef Peter Doyle”

  1. Christine @ Cooking Crusade says:
    October 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Stunning photo. Looks so nice and refreshing.. I haven’t been to est but dyiiiiiiing to go!!

    • Rebecca Varidel
      Rebecca Varidel says:
      November 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Peter Doyle’s food is crafted balanced subtle and exquisite. Let us know when (notice I didn’t write if) you go Christine.

  2. Eha says:
    October 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    CCC . . . what an elegant salad . . . no, sadly I have not been to feast at est, but then am ‘aged’ enough to have enjoyed Doyle’s back ‘on the beach’ as twilight grew near on oh so many occasions! Hope this counts: parentage is kind’of important :) !

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