Carlo Cavallo Recipe | PBS Food

A cold lobster appetizer full of bright citrus flavors, creamy avocado, and a refreshing kick of specialty vodka.


Yield: 6 servings



  • 1 bunch of chives thinly sliced
  • 1 shot Charbay Blood Orange Vodka
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 1 1/2 lb Maine lobsters cooked, cleaned, removed from shell, and cubed
  • 2 grapefruits peeled and supremed
  • 2 pints heirloom Toy Box Tomatoes sliced lengthwise
  • 2 ripe avocados cubed
  • 1 bunch of scallions thinly sliced on a bias


  1. In a mixing bowl, add the chives, vodka and lime juice. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to create an infusion dressing. Add the salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Add 1/3 of the vinaigrette to the lobster meat. In a separate bowl, combine the grapefruit, tomatoes, avocado, and scallions, toss with another 1/3 of the vinaigrette, and place in six martini glasses.
  3. Top the grapefruit, tomatoes, avocado, and scallions with the marinated lobster meat and drizzle with remaining vinaigrette.
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