Crab, Tomato & Herb Salad

I have to give a shout out to Mr. Wine Box Gardener for this recipe. He found a great way to use my garden goods at their peak and use some delicious seafood from our local fish monger, Freeman's Fish Market. This refreshing salad is great by itself or as a sandwich. This salad has impressive freshness and flavor, while being one of the easiest salads you'll ever make. 

crab sandwich

The basis of the salad is lump crab meat, which was mixed with herbs and tomatoes from my garden as well as using some of the pesto I made from garden basil last year. (Yes, it's still delicious!) We both felt that the pesto was optional, and the sandwich would have been great without it, but liked the contrasting flavors with it on the sandwich. The one ingredient that added amazing freshness was the cilantro. It stood out without overpowering the other flavors.

If you're in the Maplewood/South Orange, NJ area, you should check out Freeman's Fish Market in Maplewood, NJ for fish and seafood. Aside from our local garden center, they are the local business I frequent the most. They also run the fish counter at Ashley Market Place in South Orange, NJ. 
Super Sweet 100s from the garden

Super Sweet 100s from the garden

Lump Crab Meat from Freeman's Fish Market

Lump Crab Meat from Freeman's Fish Market

Pesto made from my basil last year

Pesto made from my basil last year

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Yield: Serves 6


1 pound of lump crab meat
1/3 chopped fresh cilantro
1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup mayonnaise
Salt & pepper to taste
Pesto & Fresh Rolls (optional and only needed if making as a sandwich)


  1. In a large bowl, mix the first 5 ingredients together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. If making a sandwich, spread pesto on the roll before adding the salad.
  3. Enjoy.
You can alter the amount of mayonnaise used based on how creamy you want the salad, so start with less than you think you want and add from there.
crab on roll

I'm Catherine, a small-space urban gardener in New Jersey (Zone 7a) who started gardening out of upcycled wooden wine boxes. For years, I wanted to try gardening, but didn't know where to start. I got up the nerve to give it a try - starting small with a single wooden wine box that turned an idea into reality. That reality quickly turned into my filling every sunny inch of space of my postage-stamp size lawn and turning it into a garden oasis. I grow mostly vegetables and herbs with some exception for fruits (when the squirrels and rabbits don't get to them first). I love learning from gardening communities (and lots of trial and error).

I hope one day to take all that I'm learning and apply it to a larger plot of land. To help me get there, I'm extending my learning through the University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge School of Agriculture's, Sustainable Food & Farming program. (I'm addicted to learning as much as I am to gardening.)

This blog isn't just for gardeners (although I hope it inspires some of you to try growing a plant or two). The recipes (food & cocktails) in theRecipes section of this blog contain ingredients that don't have to come from your own backyard. If you like visiting your local farmer's market(or even your grocery store) and would like to get some new recipes you can use with the fresh produce and herbs you get from your local growers, this blog will have plenty for you too.

In addition to gardening and cooking, I also love to visit and photograph my surroundings. I feel fortunate to have so many amazing places here in New York/New Jersey, where I live and work. Visits to local farms, farmer's markets, and cycling through rural farming areas help me feel connected and refreshed. share these experiences in theExploring section of the blog so that you might visit through proxy or be inspired enough to visit yourself. 

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- Catherine