HERDEZ® Guajillo Crab Cake Salad

Take crab cakes on a trip south of the border, in this easy to make salad. Mandarin oranges lend a bright burst of sweetness, crunchy pecans add a hearty texture, and the salad dressing with chile sauce provides some zing with zest!

Recipe courtesy of Allrecipes® Brand Ambassador Sarah S., 2013.


  • 1 small

    egg, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon


  • 2 tablespoons

    HERDEZ® Red Guajillo Chile Mexican Cooking Sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    dry ground mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    Worcestershire sauce

  • 8 ounces

    fresh lump crabmeat

  • 3 tablespoons

    panko bread crumbs

  • 3 tablespoons

     freshly prepared ranch dressing, chilled

  • 2 tablespoons

    grapeseed oil

  • 4 tablespoons


  • 1 (12 ounce) package

    mixed salad greens

  • 1 cup

    julienne-cut carrots

  • 1/4 cup

    chopped, roasted pecans

  • 4 ounces

    mandarin oranges, drained

  • 1 pkg.

    (4 serving size) chevre (soft goat cheese), sliced into rounds (optional)

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Serves 4



  1. Mix together egg, mayonnaise, HERDEZ® Red Guajillo Mexican Cooking Sauce, cumin, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Add the crab and bread crumbs. Mix well. Shape into four crab cakes. Refrigerate 2 hours.

  2. Mix together the ranch dressing and guajillo chile sauce; refrigerate until ready to serve.

  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat; melt the butter with the grape seed oil. Place crab cakes into the oil-butter and fry until brown on one side, about 5 minutes. Turn crab cakes, and brown on the other side, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spatula, transfer the crab cakes to a warm paper-towel-lined plate.

  4. Divide the salad greens among individual plates. Top with carrots, pecans, and orange sections. Drizzle with the guajillo ranch dressing. Place one cooked crab cake on top of each salad, and place a goat cheese medallion on the side, if desired.


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