Seared Scallops with Red Grapefruit Avocado Salad

The addition of scallops turns a traditional grapefruit and avocado salad into an elegant entrée. The flavorful duo of thyme leaves and ginger gives this dish an unexpected, yet perfect pairing of flavors.

Serves: Makes 4 servings.
20 mins Prep time 8 mins Cook time
20 mins Prep time
8 mins Cook time
  • Gently toss grapefruit segments and avocado slices in medium bowl. Set aside. Mix vinegar, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, shallot, 1/2 teaspoon of the thyme, 1/8 teaspoon of the salt and pepper in small bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Set aside.

  • Mix remaining 1 teaspoon thyme, ginger and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in small bowl. Coat scallops evenly on both sides with spice mixture. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add scallops; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until scallops are golden brown, turning once.

  • Divide spinach evenly among 4 serving plates. Top each with scallops and grapefruit mixture. Drizzle each salad with about 1 tablespoon of dressing. Serve immediately.

Cooking tip

Variation: To prepare with shrimp, use 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • Calories: 287Cholesterol: 36mg
  • Sodium: 490mgProtein: 21g
  • Total Fat: 15gFiber: 5g
  • Carbohydrate: 17g

Ratings & Reviews: 1

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  • cat on 04/24/2014

    I had some scallops to use soon, so started browsing for a recipe, I wanted something more than seared scallops. I found one with grapefruit, which I love, but wasn't a fan of some of the other ingredients. I remembered I also had some spinach to use up so added that to my search. Once I found this, I was happy because I had some softening avocados too. I added a little blip of honey to the dressing and a small crushed garlic after tasting it. And next time I'll make a change in the thyme, the dried was kinda like eating tiny sticks, I use fresh or crush them before using.

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