Lobster Parfaits with Teardrop Tomatoes, Hearts of Palm, and Cilantro-Avocado Dressing

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
20 min
50 min

6 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 3/4 cups chopped celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3 lemons, quartered and juiced
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 (1 1/4-pound) lobsters
  • 8 cups mache or a chiffonade of mixed greens
  • Cilantro-Avocado Dressing, recipe follows
  • 1 1/2 cups halved teardrop tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups diced hearts of palm
  • 1 1/2 cups orange segments, white pith removed
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish
  • Cilantro-Avocado Dressing:
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves, blanched and drained
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 lime, zested
  • 1 to 2 limes, juiced (4 to 5 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon green hot sauce, or to taste
  • Set a 6-quart stockpot with 1-gallon of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, vinegar, lemons and juice, salt and cayenne pepper. Bring the pot to a boil and allow to cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Place the lobster into the water and cook until red and cooked through, about 7 to 8 minutes. Immediately immerse in ice water to halt the cooking. Once the lobsters have cooled, remove from the water and set aside.

  • Use a chef's knife to crack the shell of the lobsters and remove the tail meat and claw meat. Chop the lobster into 1/2-inch pieces, and set aside. Place a sixth of the greens into each of 6 large chilled martini glasses. Drizzle a little of the dressing over the greens. Place 1/4 cup of the tomatoes in each of the glasses, as well as 1/4 cup of the hearts of palm, 1/4 cup orange segments and a sixth of the chopped lobster. Drizzle more of the dressing over the parfait and garnish with fresh cilantro sprigs. Serve immediately.

Cilantro-Avocado Dressing:
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.

  • Yield: about 2 cups

  • Cook's Note: Any leftover avocado dressing makes a great dip for chips or veggies!

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