Marinated Crab Salad

2 tbl olive oil
1 tsp white vinegar
tsp salt
tsp freshly ground black pepper
tsp dry mustard
tsp ground thyme
1 tbl dry basil
1 tbl fresh minced parsley
tsp sugar
1 lime, juice only
1 lb lump white crab meat (the fresh stuff, not that pasteurized, canned crap)

Bayley's Restaurant in southern Mobile invented a dish they called "West Indies Salad". Theirs uses only vinegar, oil, salt & pepper, and ice water. This is my version with a little more spice.

Combine all ingredients except the crab meat in a stainless steel, plastic, or porcelain bowl. Stir together then add the crab meat. Toss gently with a fork until thoroughly mixed. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours...or overnight. Serve well chilled with crackers.

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