California Avocado and Crab Flatbread with Garlic Aioli

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 California Avocado and Crab Flatbread with Garlic Aioli

This new perspective removes the traditional red sauce of a pizza with an unexpected twist. Through the succulent crab, punch of garlic aioli and the subtle nuttiness of California Avocados, this flatbread creates the perfect dish.


Serves: 4
1/4  cup  mayonnaise
1/2  Tbsp.  garlic, peeled and minced
1/2  Tbsp.  avocado oil, or extra virgin olive oil
1/2  Tbsp.  lemon juice
1/2  Tbsp.  parsley, finely chopped
1/2  tsp.  sea salt
  store-bought flatbreads, medium-sized
oz.  crab meat
  ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded, peeled and diced
Tbsp.  Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  red chili, sliced thinly
tsp.  ground black pepper
Tbsp.  micro cilantro, or fresh parsley, chopped

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. To make the aioli, combine mayonnaise, garlic, oil, lemon juice, parsley and salt. Mix well to combine, cover and chill.
  2. In the meantime, heat oven to 350 degrees F to warm flatbreads for 5 minutes. Remove flatbreads from oven, set aside and turn oven to broil.
  3. Spread the chilled aioli on the flatbreads then top with crab, avocado, cheese and red chile slices evenly on each flatbread.
  4. Place the flatbreads on a baking sheet under the broiler until the cheese begins to melt and becomes golden, about 5-8 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, top with ground pepper and micro cilantro.

Serving Suggestion: Consider swapping the crab meat for any local and seasonal fish variety like salmon, or shrimp.

Beverage Pairing: Pair this classic dish with a cold, bubbly glass of cola or ginger ale.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Sam Zien of Not Not Tacos

Sam quit his job in biotech in July of 2001 to try his hand as a television host. His career expanded from a two-minute cooking segment on a local morning news program to a 30-minute show named “Sam the Cooking Guy” airing on Fox 5 San Diego. The programming included a mix of lighthearted humor and easy-to-replicate recipes which garnered the attention of Discovery Health. Soon after, “Just Cook This! With Sam the Cooking Guy” was born.

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