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Millionaire's Lobster Salad Recipe

Millionaire’s Lobster Salad Recipe

Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 350 kcal


  • 1 medium lobster live or cooked
  • Salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 ½ lb. new potatoes scraped
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 4 plump juicy oranges
  • ½ frisee lettuce
  • 6 oz. lam’s lettuce
  • 7 oz. can young artichokes in brine quartered
  • 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small bunch tarragon chervil, or flat leaf parsley


  • 6 fresh lavender flowers
  • 2 tsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tbsp. frozen concentrated orange juice thawed


Prepare the Lobster:

  • If the lobster needs cooking, bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil with the bay leaf and thyme.
  • Throw the lobster into the water, return to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Cool under running water, return to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Twist off the legs and claws, and separate the tail piece from the body section.
  • Break the claws open with crackers or a small hammer and remove the meat intact.
  • Cut the tail piece open from the underside with a pair of kitchen shears.
  • Slice the meat and set aside.

Boil Potatoes:

  • Bring the potatoes to a boil in salted water and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain, cover and keep warm.

Prepare Tomato and Orange:

  • Cover the tomatoes with boiling water and leave for 20 seconds to loosen their skins.
  • Cool under running water and slip off the skins. Halve the tomatoes, discard the seeds, then cut the flesh into large dice.
  • To segment the oranges, remove the peel from the top, bottom and sides with a serrated knife.
  • With a small paring knife, loosen the orange segments by cutting between the flesh and the membranes, holding the fruit over a small bowl.

To make the dressing:

  • Measure the thawed orange juice into a glass bowl and set it over a saucepan containing 1 in of simmering water.
  • Heat the juice for 1 minute, remove from the heat, then whisk in the butter a little at a time until the dressing reaches a coating consistency.
  • Season to taste with salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Cover and keep warm.

Assemble the Salad:

  • Wash the salad leaves and spin dry. Dress with olive oil, then divide between 4 large serving plates. Toss the potatoes, artichokes, and orange segments with olive oil and distribute among the leaves. Lay the sliced lobster over the salad, spoon on the warm butter dressing, add the diced tomato, and decorate with fresh herbs. Serve at room temperature.


  • The rich delicate flavour of this salad depends on using the freshest lobsters. If North Atlantic lobsters are not available, use spiny rock lobsters or crawfish.
Keyword Seafood Salad