Yield:  4 sandwiches?


8 ounces lump crabmeat, picked over (preferably Dungeness)

2 tablespoons finely diced celery

1/4 cup finely diced red onion

3 tablespoons chopped tarragon

1/4 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts

3 tablespoons lemon juice, or to taste

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons crème fraiche

Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste



1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced and seasoned with salt and a few squeezes of lemon juice

8-12 leaves butter lettuce, rinsed and dried

4 pretzel buns



Combine the crab, celery, onion, tarragon, hazelnuts, lemon juice, olive oil and crème fraiche in a large bowl. Add a generous pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper and gently stir to combine.  Taste and add more salt, pepper or lemon juice as desired.


To assemble the sandwich, garnish the buns with the butter lettuce.  Place a generous scoop of the crab salad on top of the lettuce and top with the seasoned avocado.