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    Mr. Bayley's West Indies Salad

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    12 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    12 hrs

    Recipewrestler's Note:

    This salad is the quintessential regional dish of the Lower Alabama Gulf Coast area. It was invented by the late Bill Bayley, who owned a steak and seafood restaurant of good repute. It must be prepared exactly as directed, with careful layering. Use the coldest ice water you can find in the recipe. The longer this one marinates, the better. The recipe sounds simple, but the results are indescribably delicious. This well-guarded recipe was finally published in 1964 in the Junior League of Mobile cookbook, Recipe Jubilee. Cooking time refers to time needed to marinate (2-12 hours).

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    • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
    • 1 lb fresh lump crabmeat
    • 4 ounces Wesson Oil
    • 3 ounces cider vinegar
    • 4 ounces ice water (as cold as you can get it)
    • salt and pepper


    1. 1
      Follow these instructions to the letter!
    2. 2
      Spread half of onion over bottom of large bowl.
    3. 3
      Cover with separated crab lumps.
    4. 4
      Add the remaining onion.
    5. 5
      Salt and pepper.
    6. 6
      Pour oil, vinegar and ice water over all.
    7. 7
      Cover and marinate 2-12 hours.
    8. 8
      Toss lightly before serving.
    9. 9
      Serve as a"salad" on a bed of lettuce or on crackers as an appetizer.
    10. 10
      Variation: Substitute royal red shrimp for the crabmeat.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 15, 2013

      add one pouch of rubust itialin dressing to this and enjoy. i live in mobile al and bailey's had the original recipe but trust me on this!

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    • on March 02, 2014


      Crabmeat as God intended it to be enjoyed!

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    • on February 28, 2014


      Partly true. Bill Bayley was having dinner with Curtis and Mary Louise Bush in their new home on Dauphin Island. Mary Louise had recently returned from a visit with her son in Jamaica and prepared a wonderful salad she had discovered while visiting the West Indies. Bill asked her permission to use the recipe, to which she gladly obliged.

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    Nutritional Facts for Mr. Bayley's West Indies Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (145 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 390.6
    Calories from Fat 268
    Total Fat 29.7 g
    Saturated Fat 3.8 g
    Cholesterol 86.0 mg
    Sodium 431.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 3.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 1.2 g
    Protein 25.5 g

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