Lobster + Fresh Mozzarella Chopped Salad

Lobster + Fresh Mozzarella Chopped Salad

Did you know that lobster used to be a "poor man's food"? Yup, that's right. Back in the 1800's lobsters would pile up ashore and European settlers would be so embarrassed of the "cockroaches of the sea," they'd do anything to get rid of them. So they fed them to prisoners, slaves, and sold them for cheap! Then, with the advancement of both trains and canning technology, it became easier to transport canned lobster across the country. People started visiting New England more frequently, and the demand for lobster increased. Prices went up, and lobster became the luxury we know it as today. 

As I'm still in my 20s and spending most of my salary on shoes, I don't really shell out the big bucks for lobster. Last weekend though, I was upstate with my parents and before I left back to the city, they packed me up a goody bag (gotta love Jewish moms). Mama packed all sorts of treats including prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, baby tomatoes, and lobster tails!!! As much as I love being an independent woman, I also love being (occasionally) spoiled by my mama.

When I got home, I didn't want to freeze the tails but it was too late for dinner, even by my standards. I decided to quickly cook them and throw them atop the Greek-style salad I'd already prepped for lunch the next day. There were a few twists: romaine for crunch, dried herbs for depth, mozzarella for creaminess. When I ate the salad at my desk the next day, I felt like I was living large. I closed my eyes and imagined myself at the shore instead of my computer screen. It only semi-worked in transporting me to the beach, but it certainly brightened up my Monday. 

Lobster + Fresh Mozzarella Chopped Salad
serves 2-3

2 lobster tails, if using frozen be sure they are fully defrosted
1/2 cup fresh mozzarella (you can use the balls cut in half, or cubes of a large ball)
1/2 seedless cucumber, sliced into quarters
1 bell pepper, minced
1 large beefsteak tomato, cubed
1 head of romaine lettuce, sliced
1/2 cup hearty olives such as sicilian
generous glug of olive oil
juice of a small lemon
few grinds of fresh cracked pepper, large pinch of Maldon sea salt
pinch (1/2 tsp) of dried herbs such as oregano, basil and rosemary (I love this herb grinder by McCormick which utilizes dried herbs, but grinds them a bit, releasing some of the essential oils)

This recipe, like most salad recipes is just a starting point. You can easily play around with swapping ingredients or using a different dressing. I used olive oil + lemon juice to keep it light + bright, and let the lobster, olives, and cheese shine on their own. Get creative! And let me know what you end up with :) 

1. To start, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Salt the water liberally, then add the lobster tails.
2. Cook depending on size. Mine were 6oz each, and they were done in 7 minutes.
3. Once they are completely cooked through, place your tails into an ice bath to chill.
4. Then, remove the meat from the shell. I have found the the easiest way to do this is with scissors. Cut down the middle of the lobster (the inside, softer portion vs the hard exterior shell). Then break open the shell and pull out the meat. 
5. You can leave the tails whole if you'd like, but I chopped them into large chunks so they would be dispersed through the salad. Place in a large bowl.
6. Next, add all of the remaining ingredients into the lobster bowl, except the romaine lettuce. Place this into the fridge for 15-20 minutes and let it hang out.
7. At this point, you can store the salad until you're ready to eat (1-2 days), or you can add the romaine lettuce, toss, and enjoy! Taste to make sure it's well dressed, and adjust accordingly.

This salad is one of my favorite riffs on the classic Greek salad we all know and love (mozz instead of feta, lobster instead of chicken). Do you have a favorite untraditional additional to a Greek salad? Please share in the comments below if you do! 

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