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CARLA HALL and CLINTON KELLY Lobster Roll Salad

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ingredients
LOBSTER ROLL SALAD
4 ears corn (shucked)
4 (6-ounce each) lobster tails
4 split-top hot dog buns (cut into 1-inch pieces)
1/2 stick butter (melted)
1 cup celery (stalks sliced and the whole leaves)
1 cup parsley (whole leaves)
1 cup basil leaves (roughly torn)
1 bunch scallions (thinly sliced)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 lemon (zest and juice)
2-3 tablespoons tarragon leaves (roughly chopped)
1 head bibb lettuce (washed, leaves torn into large pieces)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

directions
Fill a large pot with a few inches of water and place a steamer basket inside. Place the corn in the bottom of the steamer basket and rest the lobster tails on top. Close the pot with a tight fitting lid. Place over medium heat and let steam until the lobster tails turn red, about 7-8 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, remove shells from lobsters and discard. Cut lobster meat into 1-inch chunks. Cut the corn off the cobb and set aside.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425ºF. In a medium bowl, add the cubed rolls, butter, salt and pepper. Toss to coat in butter. Transfer buttered rolls onto a sheet tray in an even layer. Toast in oven until golden-brown, about 7 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, add toasted croutons, lobster meat and juices, celery, parsley, basil and scallions.
In a separate medium mixing bowl, add mayonnaise, lemon zest, juice, tarragon, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Transfer dressing to a squeeze bottle. Pour half of the dressing over lobster mixture and mix well to combine. Fold in the corn, trying not to break up the kernels.
Lightly dress the bibb lettuce with the mayonnaise mixture. To serve, make a bed with the dressed bibb lettuce. Serve lobster salad on top of the bibb lettuce.
Tips:
– Keeping the dressing in a squeeze bottle is a good way to transport salad and dressing separately without letting it wilt in advance. If you’re making and eating your salad at home, dress immediately and serve!
– The salad could be eaten warm or cold.
– This is a great meal to bring on a picnic, especially at the beach!

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