Lobster Niçoise Salad

Lobster Niçoise Salad
Staff Writer
Audrey Finnegan

Lobster Niçoise Salad

I have to admit, I've never been a fan of the original tuna Niçoise salad. I thought it was boring to make and not very exciting to eat. But then I needed a new and creative idea for lobster, and I needed it to be easy for a dinner party, and alas, lobster Niçoise salad was born. I have to say, it's more enjoyable than I thought.

15
Servings
379
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1/4 Cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 Pounds cooked lobster meat, tails and claws, roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Pound cooked trimmed green beans
  • Three 14-ounce cans quartered artichokes
  • Three 10-ounce package cherry tomatoes
  • 2 heads of butterhead lettuce, leaves removed
  • Two 10-ounce packages Niçoise olives
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil

Directions

In a small saute pan over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and cook the shallot until transluscent, about 2 minutes. Add the fresh herbs, stir, and then add the white balsamic vinear and cook until fully reduced, about 5 minutes. Melt the rest of the butter in the pan, swirling it around so that the pan is evenly coated. In a large bowl, combine the lobster meat with the juice from half the lemon, and the butter and herb mixture. Season with salt and pepper, cover, and let marinate for at least two hours.

Place the green beans, cherry tomatoes, and artichoke hearts in three separate bowls. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to each bowl and season wtih salt and pepper. Stir to combine and set aside.

To arrange the salad, lay the leaves of butterhead lettuce evenly on top of a square-shaped serving platter so that the tops of the leaves are facing out. Divide the green beans and arrange them pointing in the same same direction on opposite corners of the platter. Divide the tomatoes and place them next to the green beans. Nestle the artichoke hearts next to either group of  vegetables, and then fill in two different spots of the platter with the olives, all the while leaving a space in the middle of the platter for the lobster. Just before plating the lobster, squeeze the other half of the lemon over and stir. Place the losbter in the center, mounding it on top of itself to make it does not overcrowd the border of vegetables.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
23g
33%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
8g
33%
Cholesterol
121mg
40%
Carbohydrate, by difference
11g
8%
Protein
31g
67%
Vitamin A, RAE
171µg
24%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
17µg
19%
Calcium, Ca
30mg
3%
Choline, total
27mg
6%
Folate, total
34µg
9%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
28mg
9%
Niacin
9mg
64%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
205mg
29%
Selenium, Se
28µg
51%
Sodium, Na
311mg
21%
Water
65g
2%
Zinc, Zn
4mg
50%

Lobster Shopping Tip

Seafood shopping is quite easy in the general sense. Rule of thumb: if it smells fishy, don't buy. Fresh seafood should smell mild and more like the ocean and sea water rather than fish.

Lobster Cooking Tip

Looking for a quick mid-week dinner? Seafood is a safe bet. It's quick to cook and simple recipes can get dinner on the table in 20 minutes.