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Fast & Easy Dinner: Scallops With Pomegranate-Dressed Salad

Fast & Easy Dinner: Scallops With Pomegranate-Dressed Salad

Brighten up your weeknight with this fresh, flavorful take on a seafood salad. Seared scallops are served on top of a bed of peppery arugula and creamy avocado.

The dressing is made with pomegranate molasses, but if you can't find it at your specialty market, honey makes a lovely substitute. This restaurant-quality meal is ready in a matter of minutes, so get the recipe now:

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Scallops with Pomegranate-Dressed Salad

Scallops with Pomegranate-Dressed Salad

Scallops with Pomegranate-Dressed Salad

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  2. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seed
  5. Coarse salt and ground white pepper
  6. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  7. 16 medium-size scallops
  8. 1 bulb fennel, tough outer leaves discarded, halved lengthwise, cored, and thinly sliced crosswise
  9. 1 bunch arugula, tough stems discarded, well washed (2 cups)
  10. 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  11. 2 tablespoons minced chives
  12. 1 ripe avocado, diced
  13. 1/4 cup fresh pomegranate seeds, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together pomegranate molasses, olive oil, ground ginger, and ground fennel; season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Season scallops with salt and pepper. When the oil is very hot, add as many scallops as will fit in a single layer, with at least 1/2 inch of space between them, and cook without turning until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn scallops over and cook 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until centers are slightly translucent. Repeat with remaining scallops.
  3. Whisk dressing to combine. Add fennel, arugula, parsley leaves, and chives. Toss well. Add avocado and toss again. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  4. To serve, put the salad in the center of a platter and arrange scallops on top. If desired, garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Serves 8.

Per serving: 158 calories; 5 g protein; 12 g fat; 9 g carb; 3 g fiber

Join The Conversation
suziryder suziryder 8 years
Mmm, sounds good! I wonder if Whole Foods sells pomegranate molasses?
indieglam indieglam 8 years
I love scallops and this sounds delicious... now if I could just afford to buy more than 2... lol.
dootsie dootsie 8 years
Thanks! :D
wren1 wren1 8 years
This sounds really good!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Scallops are so yummy and easy to cook! Thanks for the recipe :)
partysugar partysugar 8 years
dootsie: as mentioned in the article, if you can't find pomegranate molasses, try using honey instead. Hope that helps!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
If you have all afternoon, you can make your own pomegranate molasses by boiling the heck out of pomegranate juice. It's not really molasses-y: just that it's the consistency of molasses: really, it's just a very thick fruit juice reduction. I'd go with honey - it's got a brighter flavor. For pomegranate molasses recipes, a google search won't steer you wrong.
dootsie dootsie 8 years
I have a hard time finding decent scallops, and I'd have no idea how to get ahold of "pomegranate molasses". Could this be made with shrimp and regular molasses?
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