Costco is one my favorite stores in the world. It has everything. A friend once said to me, “If Costco doesn’t carry it, we don’t need it.” I probably wouldn’t go so far, but I could certainly live quite happily with what Costco offers. Not only I buy daily staples like milk, eggs and bread, I also buy my fancy food items there. Today, I bought 6 huge fresh lobster tails for about 40 dollars. They are so fresh and sweet that they could be enjoyed plain. I think I have managed to find the perfect foil to the perfect food through this salad.
Citrus Lobster Salad with Avocado and Arugula
4 fresh lobster tails
4 teaspoons finely chopped shallot
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon table salt
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 mandarin oranges (or other citrusy fruits such as orange and pink grapefruit)
1 1/2 firm-ripe California avocado
2 oz baby arugula
Coarse sea salt to taste (optional)
Boil water in a large steamer. When the water is boiling, put in the lobster tails. Steam for 10 minutes.
When lobster is cool enough to handle, peel the shells and remove the veins on the back of the lobster. Cut the meat into 1/2-inch-thick slices and chill lobster in covered container.
While lobster chills, stir together shallot, lemon juice, and table salt in a small bowl and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Add oil in a stream, whisking.
Peel mandarin oranges. Halve avocado lengthwise, discarding pit and peel. (Save 1 half, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, for another use.)
Divide avocado and all of lobster meat between 4 salad plates and arrange mandarin orange slices around them. Top with arugula and drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt (if using) and serve immediately.
After taking the pictures of my lobster salad, I turned my camera toward Audrey, who was staring at the computer screen in her newly acquired torn jeans and statement tees. I was surprised by how mature she grew over night, on the cusp of adolescence. We are lucky we live in the digital era when we can easily preserve in frames the fleeting moments of our children’s lives.
Audrey’s new clothes were generously provided by Love Junkee, which was described by Angela’s friends as being “like Brandy Melville, but cooler and not overpriced.”
Recipe inspired by Epicurious