Lobster lie: Zabar's admits lobster not really in lobster salad

August 12, 2011 6:50:22 AM PDT
Lobster salad without the lobster?

That's what Zabar's admits to selling for 15 years.

The Upper West Side grocery says it actually contained wild freshwater crawfish.

It even said so in the ingredient list on the label.

Owner Saul Zabar reasoned that crayfish, while not Maine lobster, is a distance cousin.

Then he got a call from the Maine Lobster Council, which begged to differ.

The salad goes for $16.95 a pound. Zabar says using actual lobster would make it even more expensive.

The item now is being called a "Seafare Salad."

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)