Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad with Buttermilk Dill Dressing

This Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad, served with a light and creamy buttermilk dill dressing, is a vibrant celebration of summer produce.

Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad

GUYS. It’s the first day of summer WHAATTT….I’m loving the longer days and sunnier weather, even though I’ve been stuck inside working quite a bit lately. I definitely need to get out more, especially to the seashore. I’m a little ashamed to admit as a Santa Barbara native how rarely I make it to the beach, but this summer I vow to beach it up more often! At least once a week, even if it’s just for a quick morning or evening stroll. It’s just so good for the soul.

I can see the ocean from my dining room table where I sit and work at the computer, so I think I try to convince myself that I’m sort of living that beach town life? But it’s just not the same…nothing compares to sticking your toes into the warm sand and feeling that salty ocean breeze on your face. So yes, more beach days are in order.

Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad

But anyhow, I made this Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad to officially kickoff summer. Summer salads are where it’s at, am I right? I feel like I crave more salads in the summertime than any other time of year. This one’s got juicy heirloom tomatoes of all shapes and colors and sizes, crunchy beet and cucumber slices, creamy avocado, and succulent lobster. Nothing says summer like lobster!

Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad

To pair with this Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad I made a tangy buttermilk dill dressing with Greek yogurt, so it’s lightened up but still creamy.

Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad

John and I enjoyed this Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad with a side of corn soup the other night and it was nothing short of phenomenal. However, the next day we had the leftovers for lunch and threw in a handful of arugula and pea shoots we picked up at the farmers market. I have to say the addition of some greens really took this salad to an awesome level.

Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad

I was trying to keep this salad lettuce-less and all about the other gorgeous produce, but I’m kind of wishing I had included some now ( just a little bit, as more of an accent  rather than the foundation). Oh well. Rather than re-shoot the whole thing I thought I would just tell you guys that while this Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad is bright and tasty and incredible as-is, arugula and pea shoots are pretty amazing optional add-ins, if you so please.

Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad

Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad with Buttermilk Dill Dressing

This Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad, served with a light and creamy buttermilk dill dressing, is a vibrant celebration of summer produce.

Course Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Denisse



  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill chopped
  • Salt and pepper


  • 3-4 lobster tails
  • 1 pound heirloom tomatoes various colors and sizes, sliced into wedges or halves depending on their size
  • 1 beet peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Persian cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • Fresh dill for garnish
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon wedges optional


  1. Arrange tomatoes, beet slices, cucumber slices and avocado on a platter. Top with lobster and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with buttermilk dill dressing and garnish with fresh dill.
  2. Add buttermilk, yogurt, Dijon, vinegar and honey to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Stir in dill and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Steam lobster tails for 12-14 minutes or until cooked. Allow to cool and remove from shells. Chop roughly.


Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad

Heirloom Tomato Lobster Salad


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  1. Kuleigh

    I don’t think I’ve ever cooked lobster at home but this summer salad looks incredible! I’m going to share this with my mother in law. She’s an incredible cook. Maybe she’ll treat us soon.

  2. Rachee

    I am growing a dozen tomato plants and think this recipe needs to go on my bucket list! I don’t always love seafood but am totally willing to try this salad!

  3. Nina Meyer

    Hi Denise, another gorgeous recipe! As Pacific lobster is not available until September, what lobster do you recommend for this summer salad? I can’t wait to make it!

    1. Denisse Post author

      Thanks Nina! When local lobster is not available I usually buy Maine lobster from either Kanaloa Seafood (they have it flown in fresh daily) or the SB Fish Market on the harbor!


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