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Lobster and Avocado Salad

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Lobster and Avocado Salad


Succulent fresh lobster paired with creamy avocado and Thai dressing create an unforgettable salad.



Serves: 6

2 (2 lb.) live Maine lobsters**You may substitute 1 pound of fresh cooked lobster tail meat or 1 pound fresh cooked crab meat for the live lobsters. Keep chilled until ready to assemble.
As needed Dressing
2 Tbsp. Thai fish sauce
1 tsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small Thai chili, seeded and minced
12 large fresh Thai basil leaves, minced
2 sprigs cilantro leaves, minced
As needed Salad
1 cup shredded Nappa cabbage
1 bunch arugula, stems removed
1 small red bell pepper, seeded, and thinly sliced
1 Fresh California Avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced thin

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting.
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  1. Plunge the lobsters into a large pot of boiling salted water. Cover and boil for 10 minutes. Transfer the lobsters to a bowl and let cool to the touch. Using a clean kitchen towel, tear the claws and legs away from the body. Wrap the towel around the tail and twist, separating it from the body. Place the tail on its side and crush down with the palm of your hand until the shell cracks. Separate the meat from the shell and cut it into ½-inch slices. Using a lobster cracker, crack the claws and knuckles of the lobster and remove the flesh with an oyster fork. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

    To prepare the dressing:
  2. In a small bowl, combine the fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, olive oil and the chili. Stir in the basil and cilantro.

    To prepare the salad:
  3. In a large bowl, toss the cabbage, arugula, and bell pepper with ¼ cup of the dressing. Arrange the salad on 6 Asian style rectangular plates. Top with overlapping slices of the lobster and avocado. Spoon the remaining dressing over the avocado.

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*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado, sometimes called a 40 count or 48 count avocado, averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

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Chef Allen Susser


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