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Pasta Salad With Lobster And Grilled Corn

Seafood Pasta Salad

Remember my post on How To Cook And Open A Lobster? This dish is going to require quite a bit of sweet lobster meat for my Pasta Salad With Lobster And Grilled Corn.

Opening a lobster for some can be a little intimidating but I’ve made it as easy as possible in my post. If you’re able to get a hold of lobster meat already prepared, by all means, feel free to use it in this recipe.

This recipe is perfect for summer and uses my Lemon Vinaigrette which pairs perfectly with this salad. I’ve provided a link for my Lemon Vinaigrette at the bottom of this post.

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Flat Leaf Italian Parsley

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Cooked Lobster

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Seafood Pasta Salad

 

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 21 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: indoor grill-pan, 1 (6-quart) saucepot, colander, bundt pan, chef’s knife, paring knife, large mixing bowl, Microplane, silicone brush

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds of lobster meat, cooked and cooled, diced into bite-size pieces (1 (2-pound) lobster)
5 ears of sweet corn, grilled, kernels removed (approx.2 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup of Canola oil
1/2 pint of red grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 pint of yellow grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup of edamame, shelled
1 pound (16 ounces) of corkscrew pasta, cooked drained and cooled completely
1/4 cup of red onion, finely diced
1 mini sweet red pepper, seeded and finely minced
1 lemon, zested
2 Hass avocados, pits and flesh removed, diced
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup of Lemon Vinaigrette

Directions:
Start by cooking the lobster in advance. Instructions can be found on my link below for directions. Once the lobster is fully cooked, allow to cool, remove the lobster meat from the tail and claws, then chop into bite-size pieces. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate.

While the lobster is cooking, prep the mini sweet red pepper, onion, and Italian flat-leaf parsley. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Halve the grape tomatoes add those to the bowl and the edamame.

Pour Canola oil into a small measuring cup. Using a silicone brush, brush each of the ears of corn with Canola oil. On a preheated indoor grill pan over medium heat, place the arrange the ears of corn on the grill. Allow the corn to cook for 3 minutes on each side until slightly brown. You’ll notice the corn will start to produce beautiful charred marks which adds a smokey flavor without a lot of effort. The total process should take about 9 minutes.

Using a bundt pan, stand the one ear of corn of the center, as seen above, and remove the kernels. Repeat the process until all the kernels have been removed from each ear of corn. Discard the cobs. Add to the large mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients.

In the meantime, have a large saucepot of boiling salted water on the stove. Drop the pasta and give it a good stir. Cook between 8 to 12 minutes. Taste the pasta after 8 minutes of cooking to be safe. You’re looking for the pasta to be al dente. Once al dente, drain into a colander, run under cold water until the pasta has cooled completely and does not clump together.

Add the grilled corn kernels, chilled lobster, lemon zest, and pasta to the mixing bowl containing the other ingredients. Stir to combine. Finally, add the diced avocado, gently stir to combine, not to smash the diced avocado. You want it to keep its integrity.

Start by adding 1/2 a cup of my Lemon Vinaigrette (add more if needed) to the bowl. Using a large rubber spatula, fold in the dressing coating all the ingredients with this super flavorful dressing.

Ladle a good helping of my Pasta Salad With Lobster And Grilled Corn into a porcelain serving bowl. Serve immediately.

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Arugula And Barley Salad

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This salad is simple, satisfying, and delicious. Warm or at room temperature, and if needed, travels really well. Great as a side dish or as an entrée. This is my Arugula And Barley Salad.

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Arugula

Red Bell Pepper

Olive Oil

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 40 to 45 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 1 (3-quart) saucepot, mesh sieve

Ingredients:
1 cup of pearled barley
1/4 cup of red bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 cup of edamame, shelled
1 cup of baby arugula
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups of vegetable stock (optional chicken stock)
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
In a large saucepot over medium-high heat, bring the vegetable stock up to a boil. Add the olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Next, add the pearled barley and finely diced red pepper. Stir and reduce the heat to low. Stirring occasionally, simmer the barley for 40 to 45 minutes or until the grains are tender but still chewy. If there is any cooking liquid left, pour the barley through a mesh sieve to drain any excess liquid. Pour the cooked barley into a large bowl. Add the baby arugula and edamame, toss to combine. The warm barley will wilt the arugula. While salad is still warm, season to taste if needed. 

Serve my Arugula And Barley Salad warm or at room temperature.

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Roasted Piquillo Pepper And Edamame Pestos

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When I make any type of pesto, whether it’s the original basil pesto or pesto made with different ingredients, they’re all so delicious. In this post, I’m making two identical pestos but changing up the star ingredient. The first one is my Roasted Piquillo Pepper Pesto, the second is an Edamame Pesto.

Crostini, are what’s known as little slices of grilled bread. The choice of bread is just as important as the toppings you put on them. Ciabatta bread I find is the best bread to use.

I want to talk a little about Hominy. Hominy is just whole corn kernels that have been soaked in a lime solution to soften the tough outer hulls. The second ingredient I love to add to pesto is Cannellini beans.

I’m incorporating these ingredients in my pestos for extra body and texture. First, because it doesn’t overpower the flavors that I’m highlighting, and second, they’re a staple in my pantry.

With the exception of the star ingredients, Edamame, and the Roasted Piquillo Pepper both pestos contain all of the same ingredients.

First, I’m starting with the Roasted Piquillo Pepper Pesto.

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Ciabatta

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Toasted Ciabatta Bread

Roasted Red Peppers

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Equipment: 1 (10-cup) food processor, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, Microplane

Ingredients:
1 (12-ounce) jar of Roasted Piquillo peppers
1/2 cup of  Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup hominy, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 garlic clove, peeled and roughly chopped
1/4 cup of walnuts, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup of *E.V.O.O.
1/3 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
1 loaf of Ciabatta bread (yields 16 slices)

Ingredients:
1 cup Edamame, shelled
1/2 cup hominy, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1 clove of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1/4 cup of walnuts, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup of *E.V.O.O.
1/3 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated

Directions For Ciabatta Bread:
Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.

Slice the Ciabatta bread at a 45-degree angle into 1/2 -inch thick slices. Arrange the bread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush the top surface of each slice of Ciabatta lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Place into the oven on the center rack. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the bread is golden. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and let the toast cool slightly before adding the toppings.

Directions For Both Edamame And Piquillo Pepper Pestos:
Start with adding the walnuts to the food processor first, giving them a head start on getting ground up. Pulse the walnuts a few times. Next, add the Roasted Piquillo Peppers, or the shelled Edamame, Cannellini beans, Hominy, roughly chopped garlic, lemon juice, crushed red pepper flakes, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper into a food processor. Pulse until everything just purèed. Though the feeding tube, add *E.V.O.O. until pesto comes together as seen above. Lastly, add the freshly grated cheese and then give it a couple more pulses just until the cheese is combined. Give the pesto a quick taste to make sure the seasoning is just right.

Transfer the pesto to a porcelain serving bowl. Drizzle a little *E.V.O.O. over the top of the finished pesto before serving.

*E.V.O.O. is extra virgin olive oil.

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