Dear SOS: About a year ago, my boyfriend (now my husband) took me for a romantic dinner to La Cachette in Los Angeles. He ordered the lobster salad and hasn’t stopped talking about it. I would love to prepare the salad as a surprise for him.
Dear Bonnie: After you surprise your husband with this wonderful dish, he should give you a medal as well as a kiss. Restaurant recipes are generally far more complex than home recipes, and this is a perfect example. You’ll need to set aside a chunk of time for this recipe of many parts. I would get the white truffle oil dressing and mayonnaise recipes out of the way a day ahead. (And the truffle dressing is optional.) Prepping the vegetables ahead will also help make last-minute assembly less tedious.