Jalapeno-Citrus Golden Beet Noodle Salad with Crab, Avocado and Toasted Almonds

Jalapeno-Citrus Golden Beet Noodle Salad with Crab, Avocado and Toasted Almonds

Yesterday, my mother and sister threw me a bridal shower! Now, I truly feel like a bride.

There’s something about wearing white when you’re engaged that really screams, “I’m going to get married!”

It was the perfect, special brunch celebration and I feel so blessed, love and cared for. Next stop: the bachelorette!

Jalapeno-Citrus Golden Beet Noodle Salad with Crab, Avocado and Toasted Almonds

Here’s a shot of my two best friends from Wake Forest (on my right) and my 3 best girl friends from since we were in the 2nd grade (on my left):

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Yes, I’m wearing a “bride to be” sash and blinky light pin.

I can’t believe I’m getting married in less than 70 days, it’s amazing how quickly time flies. With so many exciting things happening in my life, I really need to take more time to sit down and take it all in.

The bridal shower was at a restaurant in a hotel here in Jersey City. It was intimate and adorable. Not only was the decor Pinterest-worthy, my sister planned a questions came, sort of like The Newlywed Game.

Here’s a shot of my Italian grandmother and I (how cute is she?!)

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Most of the questions were easy, like, “What’s Lu’s favorite meal?” or “Where was Lu born?” Each question she asked, I’d answer and then she played a VIDEO of Lu answering those questions, which was so cute and thoughtful!

It was fun to see Lu’s answers, because, well, he’s a funny guy – and it’s interesting to see how much you really know about someone’s quirks! There was also a round of questions about sexual positions, which was very awkward in front of his mother-in-law. I got those questions right, which made it even more awkward, haha!

And here’s a photo of the Maffucci girls (my mother, sister and me):

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Celebrating my wedding has been great because it brings all of my family and friends together throughout the year.

But alas, this isn’t my diary, it’s a food blog and I have a recipe for you!

Jalapeno-Citrus Golden Beet Noodle Salad with Crab, Avocado and Toasted Almonds

Honestly, no words can describe how delicious this dish is. It’s one of those shockingly tasty meals – the citrus vinaigrette brings out the freshness in the crab and the fragrant toasted almonds gives each bite a healthy crunch.

I love crab and avocado, I think it’s one of those symbiotic “peanut butter and jelly” combinations. Crab’s such a lean and light protein, while avocado offers a soft, plush healthy fat.

Jalapeno-Citrus Golden Beet Noodle Salad with Crab, Avocado and Toasted Almonds

This recipe uses golden beets, which add such a beautiful color to the dish but also – they aren’t messy, like red beets! They’re my favorite beet pretty much because of that reason, but they can be difficult to find. So, if you find them, grab a bunch and make this recipe!

Nutritional Information & Recipe

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Jalapeno-Citrus Golden Beet Noodle Salad with Crab, Avocado and Toasted Almonds

Yields 4

30 minPrep Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • For the salad:
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 4 large golden beets, peeled, Blade C
  • 2-3 cups watercress greens
  • 1 cup lump crab meat
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and insides sliced thinly
  • For the dressing:
  • 3/4 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon seeded and finely diced jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Once heated, add in the almonds. Toast, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing. Taste and adjust to your preferences. Then, in a large bowl, toss together the beets, watercress, crab and dressing. Divide into plates.
  3. Garnish with avocado and toasted almonds.
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Jalapeno-Citrus Golden Beet Noodle Salad with Crab, Avocado and Toasted Almonds

Jalapeno-Citrus Golden Beet Noodle Salad with Crab, Avocado and Toasted Almonds

Jalapeno-Citrus Golden Beet Noodle Salad with Crab, Avocado and Toasted Almonds

Jalapeno-Citrus Golden Beet Noodle Salad with Crab, Avocado and Toasted Almonds

Jalapeno-Citrus Golden Beet Noodle Salad with Crab, Avocado and Toasted Almonds

 

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Comments

  1. What a fun bachelorette party!! You looked gorgeous! How awkward about the sex questions though. haha
  2. Wonderful blog and recipe post, Emily! This recipe is definitely a keeper (and a good addition to my favorites from your book). Keep up the good work and keep those delicious recipes coming! Thanks (25 pounds down in the past couple of months - yay)! p. s. Love your dress (and the sash is cute, too). ;)
  3. This looks amazing. I need to track down those beets!
  4. Elizabeth King :
    Hi Ali, What a lovely looking family you have! IT looks like a great time was had at your shower. I love your dress. So pretty! Thanks for all your recipes & sharing that you do.
  5. I just love that you include a personal snip-it about your life when you post recipes! Your bridal shower looked very fun and I look forward to this making this dish! :) Cheers
  6. You look beautiful! Looks like you had a wonderful time. What great pictures - your family and friends are beautiful too :) Thanks for sharing with us.Everything about this salad sounds delicious except the beets LOL I never had golden ones but I can't eat the red ones, yuck, don't like the flavor, even fresh.... :( so I will have to tweak this recipe, maybe use the old standard "zoodles"! :)
  7. I was a bridesmaid with Shannon at a mutual friend's wedding. That's how I stumbled on your awesome blog! Also, I saw the article that you contributed to on The Knot ... I was like I KNOW THESE RECIPES! Congrats on getting married, I'm getting married this year too! Also, keep up the amazing recipes, they are such a game changer for my fiance and I. Cheers!
  8. So we don't cook the beets at all? Last time I had raw beets it was a little too earthy for my taste.
  9. Hey Ali, love it that you shared photos of the shower! Friends, Family and Fun......wishing you a Fantastic Future!
  10. Can't wait to make this one ~ may have to substitute chicken for crab for hubby! but I'm sure just as delish! Congratulations on up coming wedding, many blessings for a long and healthful life as husband and wife!
  11. Tried this salad last night and loved it! Just had to add extra jalapeno and black pepper. Great combo of flavors. Thanks for another fantastic recipe. I did find it a challenge to spiralize the beet. Probably because the one I had was rather large and didn't want to stay put on the plastic pegs. I ended up just trying to turn it on my own. I did really like the crunchiness of the beet and the watercress was a perfect pairing of flavors.

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