It seems incredible that it’s already summer, did spring fly by for you, too?

After our boat picnic for my husband’s birthday with the family, and eating cake with everyone back at home, we were left with just the two of us for dinner later that night.  We spent such a grand time on the water, and after thinking for a while and looking through recipes, I came to the conclusion that this would be the perfect dinner ending of the day: FrenchGardenHouse Lobster Salad.


You can cook a whole lobster, but I will admit I’m a little queasy about that, not to mention that in my part of the country, the lobster needed for a salad like this comes to around $55.00 at Bristol Farms. So I buy a bag of frozen langostino, which isn’t actually lobster  but meat from a “squat lobster,” which, in addition to having a not-so-nice-sounding name, is more closely related to a crab. But…it tastes very similar to lobster, and in a salad it’s delicious!


If you are lucky enough to live in the part of the country where fresh lobster doesn’t cost an arm and leg, then lobster is preferred.

Here is the easy, easy recipe:

FrenchGardenHouse Lobster Salad

  • 1 lb. cooked lobster or langostino
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 or two tablespoons mustard {I use Champagne Mustard from HoneyBaked}
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup very finely chopped celery
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

How To:

  • In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, chopped celery, and mustard, stir together.  Add salt and pepper to taste. I add a few drops of hot sauce, but it’s optional.
  • Once you love how the dressing is seasoned, gently add the lobster or langostino meat, and mix.
  • Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve, at least 1 – 2 hours, as that gives the flavors time to mix together.
  • Serve on a bed of fresh, baby green lettuce.



I set our large garden table for two, using an antique French runner, some of our French dishes, and the Lily Linen Napkins I love those, they are large, and made of organic linen. Real linen napkins add luxury to every meal!


You can also put this on buttered, toasted rolls for a lobster roll. I can’t eat wheat, and the gluten free buns don’t really do it for me, plus, we are always looking for fresh, healthy meals here. But if you want carbs, the rolls are just delicious too! I served the salad with simple croissants {for Mr. FGH} and champagne. Melon for dessert. Delicious!


Some of the antique and new French dishes, linens and glasses etc. can be found in our FrenchGardenHouse KITCHEN and LINENS.

I hope you enjoy many meals outdoors in your garden this season.
What is your “go to” summer dinner? Please share below in the comments, I’m always looking for new dinner ideas!

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