Lobster Roll Pasta Salad

Lobster Roll Pasta Salad, inspired by one of my favorite summer sandwiches – a lobster roll – is loaded with lobster in every bite!

Lobster Roll Pasta Salad
Lobster Roll Pasta Salad

This Lobster Roll Pasta Salad is great for special occasions, impressing company, and for when you want a light and refreshing weeknight meal in the warmer months. Cook up some pasta, toss it all together, and voila! Cold pasta salad, plus a glass of rosé, makes for the perfect light summer dinner, or sere this as side for your next party. More lobster recipes try this Lobster Cobb Salad and Chilled Lobster Salad with Corn and Tomatoes for more dinner ideas.

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How to Make

Lobster: You can use fresh or frozen lobster, whatever is available to you. Here on Long Island, we have lots of lobster farms that often have specials. I used four whole live lobsters and had them steam them for me.

If you don’t have fresh lobster, you can pick up four larger frozen tails, which you can thaw and then steam until just cooked. Once the lobster is cooked, let it cool and make your salad.

Pasta: Of course, if you’re going to spend good money on lobster, you will want to use good-quality pasta too. I partnered with Delallo, my go-to pasta and the only brand I use. It’s imported from Italy and made from just two ingredients – wheat milled down to flour and water. I used DeLallo’s cavatappi, “a twisted ‘corkscrew’ with hole,” in this lobster pasta salad.

How I Make it Lighter: This pasta salad is heavy on the lobster and lighter on the pasta. I loaded it up with lobster, so it’s full of protein in every bite. I also use less mayo by adding some 0% fat Greek yogurt to keep it creamy without the added fat.


  • If lobster is not available near you, you can use cooked crab meat, crawfish, or shrimp instead.
  • Sub cavatappi with fusilli, macaroni, or bow ties.
  • Swap red onion for more chives.

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Lobster Roll Pasta Salad
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Lobster Roll Pasta Salad

282 Cals 23.5 Protein 34 Carbs 5.5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 5 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Pasta Salad, Side Dish
CUISINE: American
Lobster Roll Pasta Salad, inspired by one of my favorite summer sandwiches – a lobster roll – is loaded with lobster in every bite!


  • 16 oz cooked lobster meat, from (4) 1-1/4 lb whole lobsters or (4) 4 oz tails
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery and leaves
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for pasta
  • 8 ounces DeLallo Cavatappi pasta


  • Prep all the ingredients, if your lobster is raw, steam it until just cooked.
    ingredients for lobster roll pasta salad
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to directions, I prefer to cook it 1 to 2 minutes longer than al dente when cooking for a cold pasta salad.
  • Drain and run under cold water.
  • Remove cooked lobster from shell and chop into large chunks, about 1 inch. Toss with the remaining ingredients and serve chilled. Makes 10 cups
    Lobster Roll Pasta Salad



10 servings as a side dish (1 cup)
Amount Per Serving:
Green Points: 4
Blue Points: 3
Purple Points: 3
Calories: 141 calories
Total Fat: 2.5g
Saturated Fat: 0.5g
Cholesterol: 68.5mg
Sodium: 383 mg
Carbohydrates: 17.0g
Fiber: 1.0g
Sugar: 1.0g
Protein: 11.5g


Serving: 2cups, Calories: 282kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 23.5g, Fat: 5.5g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 137mg, Sodium: 766mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1.5g
Blue Smart Points: 6
Green Smart Points: 7
Purple Smart Points: 6
Keywords: easy pasta salad, lobster pasta, lobster recipes

Recipe created in partnership with Delallo Foods, a brand I love and use in my kitchen.

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  1. I don’t like celery or onion.  What would be good substitutions for added flavor? 

  2. Would imitation crabmeat meat work here? I was just checking out prices today and it’s fairly inexpensive. Thanks 

  3. Could not find the pasta, so I used fusilli but it definitely did not make 5 servings. More like 2! Maybe because of the pasta I used. Still delicious though!

  4. At the end of the video, what is the white sauce you drizzled over the salad? 

  5. This looks great! The hubs doesn’t like lobster, so I’ll substitute with shrimp!  🍤 

    Question: Is there a way to make this without mayonnaise? 

  6. Really fresh and tasty! I read the comments so I added a pinch of dill and a teensy spritz of lemon, but otherwise followed the recipe to the “t”. The dressing really coated to the cavatappi (I just used barilla) and it really gave that summertime lobster-roll satisfaction! I will definitely make again!

  7. I made this last night using fresh steamed crab meat (I couldn’t find any lobster meat) and it was delicious! I didn’t have any celery salt so I subbed Old Bay Seasoning. My husband loved it, too. I will definitely be making this again.

  8. I don’t like lobster so I am going to make this with shrimp. It’s on the menu for next weekend at the cabin!

  9. Where, OH WHERE, is the dill?  My parents’ seafood restaurant on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in CT uses dill in many of their Seafood Salads.  Even a tiny bit adds a punch of flavor.  Also, depending on which dish you’re making with fresh seafood, (sometimes) adding a pinch of Old Bay Seasoning will bring it over the top – but not here, because you definately want the sweetness of the lovely Lobster to shine.

  10. I can’t wait to try this, but with lobster going for $10.99/lb in Massachusetts, (double the normal price) it won’t be soon. ☹ My mouth is watering just reading this!!

  11. My comment is not regarding the recipe but…..I ordered your Fast and Slow Cookbook and I am really disappointed. I expected to see the point values for the Weight Watcher points. The recipes look wonderful and I will try many of them but I will have to input them into the WW calculator to get the point values.

    • There is a cookbook tab on the site- click on in and drop down to cookbook index. All the points are listed there. 🙂