Lobster Salad with Avocado, Feta and Lemon Vinaigrette

| June 6, 2013 | 12 Comments

Lobster Salad with Avocado Feta and Lemon Vinaigrette

Lobster salad, anyone? Sure, this isn’t your standard lobster salad — but maybe it’s time to think outside the shell with avocado, red peppers and feta cheese. A tangy lemon vinaigrette brings the flavors together in an unforgettable summer salad. But first let’s talk lobster.

Whenever we pass the lobster tanks at our local grocery store, Paige asks to stop and watch them for a moment. She’s fascinated by the clawed critters and their watery home. But for her, lobsters are only to be admired through the glass. Although she enjoys the flavor of lobster meat, she won’t eat it because she’s deemed lobsters too scary to eat — even when the meat is removed from the shell. And it’s been that way for several years now (remember, she’s only five — this started early). She simply won’t eat lobster because it’s a lobster.

That’s okay. More for Will and me.

There are so many reasons that people pass up foods. Sometimes it’s ideological. Other times, it’s physical — whether an allergy, an intolerance or an aversion. And then there are the times when it’s psychological. The assumption that we don’t like something can hold us back from ever enjoying it. In Paige’s case, it doesn’t matter that she actually likes lobster meat. She doesn’t want to eat that particular creature. Too bad for chickens that she doesn’t feel the same affinity for them.

I am as guilty as anyone of putting food into little habit compartments. There are things I avoid like most white condiments, though they no longer are quite as hated as they once were. Aside from Thanksgiving, I never make a full turkey and don’t often reach for turkey parts to roast. And big spiral hams? They are strictly for Christmas and Easter. Every year. Even my Creme Brulee French Toast only makes appearances at very specific times (Easter, and big events by request only).

It’s probably not a bad thing that we aren’t digging into that decadent French toast weekly. It’s also totally okay that Paige doesn’t want to eat lobsters because she’s seen them alive. However when food preferences and traditions dip too much into pigeon-holing foods, we miss out on some wonderful flavors and textures. Perhaps it’s time to rethink our self-imposed food rules.

I’ll start.

Once upon a time, the only way I ate lobster was freshly cooked. I would pluck the meat out of the lobster shell and dip it into melted butter. Even after I had my first lobster roll as a tween, I felt like lobster was really only for shell cracking, messy, buttery dinners. But age and time has given me a whole new perspective. Beyond my beloved Connecticut-style lobster rolls served hot and buttery on a hot dog bun, I have discovered how amazing lobster is in soups, salad and more. Lobster doesn’t need to be drowned in butter to be delicious (and for those of you who love the Maine-style lobster rolls, it doesn’t need to be drowned in mayo either). In fact, with a light, tangy bit of lemon, it’s pretty amazing on its own.

Yes, I love lobster a little bit.

Lobster Salad | Summer Salad

This lobster salad is summer on a plate. Loaded with creamy avocados, crisp red bell peppers, salty feta cheese and kalamata olives and, of course, the sweet-savory chunks of fresh lobster meat, it’s filling but still light. Digging into this salad is a decadent pleasure without all the guilt. Served on a bed of smooth, mild Bibb lettuce, it’s a perfect summer salad.

And the crux that brings all the flavors and textures together? The easy homemade lemon vinaigrette. Just divine.

Lobster, Avocado and Feta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: serves 4
Ingredients
  • 8 cups torn Boston Bibb lettuce
  • 2 avocadoes, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, cubed or crumbled
  • ½ cup kalamata olives
  • 1 lb cooked lobster meat, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Arrange the lettuce on four places. Top with ¼ of the avocado, red bell pepper, feta cheese and olives. Top each with ¼ lb of lobster.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper until emulsified. Drizzle over the salads.
  3. Enjoy immediately.

 

Category: dressing, lunch, New England Cuisine, Quick and Easy Recipes, Recipes, salad, Seafood

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Gorgeous & Glorious Sarah!!

  2. That is one of the best food photos I have ever seen! What a great color combo and a clear well focused shot of the lobster. My disclaimer, I love lobster!
    I like the way you compare sparing the life of the lobster but not chickens. Ah us silly humans and our food hangups:). I love the quote I read somewhere that “if all of us had to kill the animals we eat there would be more vegetarians”. I myself am not a vegetarian yet and do eat lobsters.

  3. This sounds absolutely scrumptious, Sarah! I rarely have lobster but I do crave an old-fashioned (greasy, buttery) lobster roll.

    I have to save this recipe. Ralph and I could prepare a treat! I would skip the olives, though.

    Beautiful photo!

  4. patsy says:

    You’ve got me craving your lobster salad! Looks so appealing with the start of summer!

  5. Sarah,
    I will eat a wide variety of foods, but I suppose my hang ups are geographical. I don’t buy fresh tomatoes from the store. Period. Rarely strawberries. They just taste so . . . little/less/bland/meh . . . compared with the taste of the tomatoes and strawberries I get from my CSA farm share and my garden. Life is too short to eat food that doesn’t taste as good as it could, just because it’s convenient.

    This doesn’t stop me from buying bananas and avocados, though, as those don’t grow locally here in OH.

    I’ve had a lobster roll, once, at a restaurant, and it ranks up there in one of the top 25 restaurant meals I’ve ever eaten.
    Your salad looks wonderful, and a perfect treat for a summer day.
    Thanks!

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