Lobster Pasta Salad: A Maine Course

 

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Our Lobster Pasta Salad recipe has been a favorite splurge for years, but has now taken on a new perspective and we love it even more now! When John celebrated a “big” birthday this summer, (no, I’m not going to say which one!) I decided to “gift” him with a trip with yours truly to mark the occasion.  I came up with a list of choices for him based on destinations that were still on our to-do list.  And by “to-do”, I mean places where we could EAT our way through them!  After some careful deliberation, he choose:  Maine!  Can you say LOBSTAH?!

 

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So off to Portland we went. Say hello to Lobster, Lighthouses, LL Bean, and a Food Lover’s haven.  A hip, cool, and current foodie scene that we couldn’t wait to explore.  It’s unusual in this phase of our lives to take off without our kids, extended family, or some business meeting or tradeshow awaiting us.  This weekend was wonderful fall getaway, packed full of incredible food and fabulous views.  Portland was our home base but we did venture out and get a peek at some special places.

York: our friends Jonathan and Jim (and Kathy and Natalie) have built Stonewall Kitchen into one of our country’s leading specialty food companies and also one of Maine’s favorite destinations.  Touring the production site was inspiring and we loved seeing their success up close!  Thank you Kathy!

 

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Kennebunkport: no matter your political views, seeing the Bush compound and the beautiful Maine coastline was fun!

 

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Freeport: LL Bean – open 24/7 – need I say more?

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The fabulous food and our dining experiences though were the focal point of our weekend…surprise, surprise! Some happy and memorable meals were shared at Hugo’s, the Lobster Shack, Central Provisions (recently highlighted as a top 2014 restaurant in Bon Appetite Magazine), and DiMillo’s – where BIG lobsters can be found.  And yes, lobster was cracked, eaten, and then cracked and eaten again.  We couldn’t get enough!

 

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Coming back home, I still had lobster on the brain and couldn’t wait to share the stories with our kids over a Lobster Pasta dinner. What do you think of when you think of Lobster? A Lobster Roll? It’s one of Maine’s most popular lunch and dinner items.  You can’t go wrong when you combine mayo with fresh sweet lobster served in a white toasted buttered bread.  But I had something else in mind…Lobster Pasta Salad.

 

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We’ll sub one carb for another! Bite sized pasta paired with bite sized pieces of lobster…YUM!  Of course the more lobster included in the recipe the better!

 

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For our dressing, forget plain ole mayo, the combination of the fresh lemon juice, the crunchy celery, sliced green onions, with the added zip of Old Bay seasoning and onion salt are perfect. They add more complementary flavors to the lobster and pasta without taking away any the sweet luscious lobster meat taste that we all crave.

 

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This is a Lobster Pasta Salad that I say rivals any Lobster Roll. My family couldn’t stop eating it and the bowl was EMPTY and left them begging for more.  Was it the Lobster? Or the Lobster Pasta? Hehehe…I had to ask! But keep in mind that if a carb must be involved…make it a specialty high quality shape!

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Enjoy your Lobstah Pasta!

If you are interested in seeing all of our pasta shapes, you can visit The Pasta Shoppe website.  And if you have any fundraising needs, please check out Fun Pasta Fundraising!  We’d love to hear from you!

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Lobster Pasta Salad: A Maine Course

A real treat! Lobster has never tasted this good!

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1416 oz. bag of Lobster Pasta (or any other fun or short shape!)
  • 23 cups of cooked lobster, in bite size pieces (the more, the better!)
  • ¾ cup light or real mayonnaise (more to taste if needed)
  • ½ bunch green onions, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 T. lemon juice, plus lemon zest and slices
  • ½ t. onion salt
  • 1/2 t. Old Bay seasoning
  • ¼ t. black pepper
  • ¼ t. hot sauce (optional)
  • fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in GENTLY boiling water for approximately 6 minutes, until tender but firm. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine mayo, lemon juice, and seasonings. Add green onions and celery.
  3. Add pasta and lobster and gently toss.
  4. Top with lemon zest, lemon slices, and chopped parsley.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. Also delicious served with a garnish of cherry tomatoes or sliced avocados!

 

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35 Comments

  1. Amber Johnston on October 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    The Lobster Pasta Salad looks amazing!!

    • carey on October 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks Amber! It is a really yummy pasta…

  2. Trish on October 7, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    we did a long weekend in Portland at the end of July, after hearing so much about the fabulous food scene. I love Portland!! We ate at DeMillo’s, and had oysters at Eventide, and had their lobster roll as well – incredible! I want to move to Portland! This dish looks fabulous

    • carey on October 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      I was so bummed that we didn’t make it to Eventide…but DiMillo’s was FAB! I agree it is a fun foodie town! Next time check out Central Provisions! Thanks for your comment!

  3. Kathy B on October 2, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Thanks for the tip on buying the lobster at Costco. I’m definitely giving this recipe a try! What a fun trip you had–thanks for sharing so many beautiful pictures!!

  4. Alice on October 1, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Wow! You make my mouth water with gorgeous photos and memories of our only trip to Maine….and I would surely love enjoying PASTA, rather than that bun, with your mouth-watering lobster feast!. Thanks for Costco tip, and looks like you two had amazing birthday trip for your man….he is quite handsome….probably his 40th….I guessin’

    • carey on October 2, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Well aren’t you nice! John will appreciate the complement!:)

  5. jaimie on October 1, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I have been to Maine and the lobster is amazing. I been to the restaurant The Lobster Pound in Ogunquit. I would love to open up a a box of pasta from the Pasta Shoppe. Infinite pastabilities.

    • carey on October 2, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Love your use of words! Thank you!

  6. Jennie Ho on October 1, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Had my first lobster roll this summer in Maine! Great times! Mmmmm good.

    • carey on October 2, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Aren’t they amazing?!! And addictive!!

  7. Deborah Billingsley on October 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Looks delicious! Anything with pasta is a winner!!

    • carey on October 2, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Happy to know you are a pasta fan too! Stay tuned for more recipes!!

  8. laura rabickow on October 1, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Would love this

  9. Rachel DeMille on October 1, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Oh this looks so amazing! I have to try this out, I love pasta and lobster….so it’s a win-win!

    • carey on October 1, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      I agree – a win win! 🙂

  10. Rose Sanchez on October 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Hi
    These look so delicious and thanks for the recipe. I will try it this weekend.

  11. Tammy on October 1, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Looks so delicious… will definitely have to try it…. Living in New Hampshire we get Maine Lobster all the time

    • carey on October 1, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Lucky you! Please let me know how you like it!

  12. Tanisha on October 1, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    sounds delicious and i love the fun shapes.

  13. peggy fedison on October 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    i am soooooooooooo gonna make this!!

    • carey on October 1, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Great!

  14. brandi ellison on October 1, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    so will have to make this! yummm!

  15. Jacqueline Silver-Morillo on October 1, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    That looks so good, think I’ll be making some this weekend! 🙂

    • carey on October 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Sounds great Jacqueline! You won’t be sorry!

  16. Sandra U. on October 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Looks very delicious. My family would love this.

  17. Julie Ferguson-Gould on October 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    These look so delicious I will be making them for sure!! Ive already copied them to try really soon 🙂 Thank You

    • carey on October 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Julie – let me know what you think after you’ve tried it!

  18. Betty Escobar on October 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Ive had crab salad before but never lobster, will have to try it for sure, looks soo good.

    • carey on October 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      You could make this same salad with crab too and I know it would be delicious! But do try it with lobster and let me know what you think! I bought mine at Costco by the way!

  19. Neko Yajaira Sam on October 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Looks yummy

  20. Lisa on October 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Loved looking at your photos. I knew where most were taken since I live in NH and the coast is the most favorite place for me. Glad you enjoyed ME. and maine lobsta….

    • carey on October 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks Lisa! Appreciate it – was a memorable trip!! I’d never seen that coastline and WOW!

  21. Cindy on October 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Looks awesome. We go to Wells Beach every July for a week, and I so look forward to a nice lobster and steamer dinner!

    • carey on October 1, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      I’m jealous! Sounds so fun…and I’d be eating lobster everyday!

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