Sweet Banana Tostones with Caribbean Lobster and Hearts of Palm Salad

Total Time:
38 min
25 min
Inactive Prep:
13 min
4 servings


  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 whole peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 2 (1 1/4 pound) Caribbean (spiny) lobsters
      THE SALAD:
      • Vegetable oil, for frying
      • 2 green plantains
      • 1 can hearts of palm, rinsed and drained
      • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
      • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
      • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, for garnish
      • Lime wedges, for garnish


      In a large pot filled with water, add onion, bay leaf, peppercorns, and salt. Bring to a boil and cook the lobsters, and cook about 8 minutes. Remove the lobsters from the pot and allow them to cool.

      Make the dressing: Put all the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

      Pour 2 inches of vegetable oil into a deep pot and heat it to 375 degrees F.

      Peel the plantains and slice them into 1/4-inch thick slices on the diagonal. Fry the plantains in batches until they are crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season them with salt.

      Remove the meat from the tails and slice into 1/4-inch slices. Slice hearts of palm into 1/4-inch disks. In a bowl, combine lobster meat, hearts of palm, and onion; add some of the dressing and toss gently to combine; taste and adjust seasoning. Place several plantain slices on a plate and generously pile on the salad. Garnish with cilantro leaves and lime wedges.