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Crab Louie

Crab Louie
            While I was making this terrifically easy salad, I winced.  It was so ladies-who-lunch, I half expected to have to put on a large hat to eat it.  But it was beautiful to look at and so perfect for right now, that I realized it doesn’t have to be confined to the lunch hour.  It would be a perfect supper.  And aside from the hard-cooked eggs, it involves no cooking.  It uses great fresh produce that’s to be found everywhere at the moment.  And you could pick up everything you needed on your way home tonight.

When I came across this recipe in  Food and Wine , it was in an article about the Evening Land winery.  Apparently their President and sommelier, a man named Larry Stone is ‘a stellar cook’.  As I said earlier, there’s no real cooking here, but I’ll give him a pass. It’s that good.
Evening Land Vineyard, Sonoma CA

I wondered where the name came from conjuring up some vision of the Sun King, or a chef in New Orleans.  Neither could be further away from what I discovered in my trusty “Food Lover’s Companion ” (Barron’s 2009).This wonderful mini food encyclopedia attributed the dish to not one but three possible inventors:  The chef at Seattle’s Olympic Club, the chef at San Francisco’s Solari’s Restaurant or the chef at that city’s St. Francis Hotel. The book went on to say ‘whatever the case, today there are about as many versions of this favorite as there are cooks.’  When you make it, I highly recommend sticking to the dressing recipe here.  It’s luscious and adds incredible flavor to everything else on the plate.  But as to the vegetables, you could use some cooked asparagus or green beans or roasted beets and I am sure it would be every bit as satisfying.  This recipe is for 4.  Even if there are only two of you, make the dressing for four because I think you’ll find it would be a great sandwich spread, or dressing for a slaw.  Here’s the recipe:

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