Scallop Citrus Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Take full advantage of fresh Fall produce in this citrus seafood salad! An enticing combination of tangy grapefruit, succulent scallops, and a hint of heat from red jalapeño slices will bring a bright burst of flavor to your palate.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fresh scallops
  • 1 can cooked beets, sliced
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 2 Tbls La Preferida Olive Oil
  • ½ cup + 3 Tbsp. toasted pepita seeds (set aside)
  • 1 naval orange
  • 1 blood orange
  • 1 ruby red grapefruit
  • ¼ red onion, sliced
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 Tbls La Preferida Red Jalapeño Nacho Slices
  • 1½ Tbls La Preferida Adobo with Pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Ingredients: Vinaigrette

Method

Preheat oven to 350º

In a bowl, toss beets and cauliflower in olive and salt. Move to a baking sheet and spread evenly. Roast for 15 minutes.

Place pepitas on baking sheet and toast for 7 minutes. Set aside to cool — reserve 3 Tbsp. for garnish. The rest goes into vinaigrette.

To prepare vinaigrette, combine olive oil, diced green chiles, apple cider vinegar, agave nectar, and pepitas in a blender and blend until smooth. Easily store dressing in a mason jar and shake if it becomes separated.

Segment oranges and grapefruit and set aside. Slice red onions, avocado, and set aside. Trim fennel by removing fronds, cut into quarters and slice thin.

In a bowl, combine all vegetables and fruits and toss with ½ cup of vinaigrette. Set aside.

Pat dry scallops and season with adobo seasoning.

Heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil in a pan and sear scallops on both sides until golden brown and cooked through (roughly 2 minutes per side).

Serve salad and top with scallops and garnish with pepitas and red jalapeños.

CHEF LA PREF TIPS:

  • Use dry scallops for a better sear – gently blot with a paper towel prior to cooking.
  • You can substitute scallops with 1 lb. of shrimp (31-40 ct.), tossed in 2 Tbsp. of olive oil and 2 Tbsp. of adobo seasoning. Roast for 6 minutes at 350º

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