Alligator Pear and Crabmeat Salad

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Appears in
Hoppin' John's Charleston, Beaufort & Savannah: Dining at Home in the Lowcountry

By John Martin Taylor

Published 1997

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Avocados used to be called “alligator pears” in the lowcountry, a reference to their pebbly skins. Here they are served on a bed of greens, halved and filled with fresh lump crabmeat garnished with grapefruit and a little olive oil. Keep this salad simple, using the finest ingredients, and assemble it at the last possible moment.


  • 1 pound mixed young salad greens
  • 2 perfectly ripe avocados
  • 2 grapefruits


Divide the salad greens among 4 plates. Halve the avocados and remove the pits, then place one avocado half on each plate of greens. Rub a piece of grapefruit section over the cut surfaces of the avocados to prevent them from coloring.

Fill each avocado half with crabmeat. Divide the grapefruit sections, scallions, jalapeño, and basil among the plates. Drizzle the oil over the salads, t