Signature Series: Salads

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Crab Cake Salad - University of Kansas

Janna Traver, executive chef at the University of Kansas, says keeping it simple has been the key to her famous Crab Cake Salad, which has become a mainstay since the school made the move to full-service dining in 2007. The housemade lump crab cake is served on a bed of field greens garnished with grape tomatoes, avocado and julienned vegetables. The hook, according to Traver, is the creamy lemon caper vinaigrette that is made from scratch, which has been well received from visitors hailing from all over the country. “Within weeks of being open, we received requests to bottle the dressing,” Traver says. “Instead of trying to imitate it in a retail form, we promised our customers we would never take it off the menu.”

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