I love Rhode Island "Lobsta" Salad

October  4, 2022
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4 as a first course or light lunch
Author Notes

As a New England gal who calls California home, no summer visit back to Rhode Island is considered complete until I've gotten my lobster fix. Preferably enjoyed at a seaside shack after a day at the beach--no frills steamed lobster served with butter that drips down my chin, which is still salty from playing in the waves. The kind of meal that requires a good hosing down when you are done. Occasionally, my family gets the lobsters to go and prepares them at home. In which case, I always insist on a few extra for lobster salad the next day. This recipe puts a Californian twist on my RI roots. —Ms. T

What You'll Need
  • Salad
  • 1/4 cup mayonaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 small limes, zested and juiced
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 3/4 pound cooked lobster meat, cut into bite-sized chunks and chilled
  • 1 small fennel bulb, trimmed and finely diced
  • 1 cup fresh ripe mango fruit, diced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated, cleaned and torn into pieces
  • 2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted and removed from skin
  • 2 tangerines or 1 orange, peeled, sectioned (membranes removed, if you want to be fussy). Reserve 1 tsp zest for dressing.
  • Salad Dressing
  • olive oil
  • white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon tangerine or orange zest
  • Splash mango or orange juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • salt
  • pepper
  • sugar
  1. Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, lime zest and juice, cayenne pepper, chives and tarragon in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Gently fold in lobster, fennel and mango. Taste and season with more salt.
  2. Whisk together ingredients for salad dressing and toss with lettuce to coat.
  3. To serve, divide salad greens among 4 plates. Place an avocado half in the center of each plate and top avocado with lobster salad. Arrange clementine sections on top of greens, around the avocado. Garnish lobster salad with chives and serve.
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    Ms. T
A museum marketing professional 8 hours a day, and a gal who's dreaming, drooling, obsessing about food for the other 18 hours. Wait, that doesn't add up to 24? Oh, that's because I'm counting the hours I'm supposed to be working that I dream about food (don't tell my boss). Several years ago, I started a cooking club with six girlfriends...ten years later...many of our addresses and last names have changed, our palettes have gotten more sophisticated and the wine has gotten less cheap. We now usually sit at dining room tables like grownups instead of on cushions on the floor of studio apartments, and the conversations have shifted with the life stages...but we're still going strong, the food gets better every month, and nothing is more pleasurable than sharing an afternoon laughing, eating, and trading tips on recipes and life.

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lorigoldsby April 2, 2011
love the idea of tangerines and mango in the lobster salad! My grandmother used to bring lobster home on saturday nights from Yacavelli's, a St. Louis restaurant, and would make lobster omelets for Sunday breakfast...mmmm. Lobster and green onions are my 2 earliest food memories.
Ms. T. April 4, 2011
Thanks! I love playing with sweet/savory combos and the mango and citrus with lobster is very refreshing on a hot summer day...Mmmm, lobster omelets would definitely get me out of bed in the morning :) With food memories like that, no wonder you are inspired to cook.