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Seared Scallop Salad


I was at the market yesterday and I saw some beautiful Sea Scallops and knew that a salad was in order for dinner but I wasn’t sure how it was all going to come together…..I think it came out pretty well

It was so super simple!  The hardest part is chopping up all the veggies for the salad and making the buttermilk dressing!

I don’t have any step-by-step pictures of this process because it all happened so fast and I wasn’t planning :/  But there is always next time and that is when I add more veggies like charred corn and avocado;)

Seared Scallop Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Serves 2

10 Sea Scallops, patted dry

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp butter

1/2 tablespoon Penzey’s Trinidad lemon seasoning

1 tsp cracked black pepper

1 – 1 1/2 cups baby romaine

2 scallions, finely chopped

1 stalk of celery, finely diced

1 vine tomato, diced

4 white mushrooms, wiped with a dry cloth and sliced

5 sprigs of cilantro, chopped (stems & all)

1 1/2 tablespoons Garlic Pepper Crispy Onions (Fresh Gourmet)

1 tablespoon low-fat buttermilk

1 tablespoon Hellman’s mayonnaise

2 tsp Old Bay

1/2 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

Chop up all your veggies for your salad first and make your dressing as this will take much longer than the scallops.

In a small bowl add baby romaine, scallions, tomato, celery, shrooms, cilantro & crispy onions, set aside

In a smaller bowl mix the buttermilk, mayo, cider vinegar & old bay and whisk, set aside

In a non-stick skillet, over medium high heat, add olive oil & butter.  Let it get hot without burning the butter  (the olive oil should help but keep your eye on it) and season the PATTED DRY scallops (this is crucial to get the color you want) with the Trinidad seasoning and cracked pepper.  Put the scallops in and set timer for 2 minutes and turn down the burner to medium.  Turn over the scallops- you should have a beautiful caramel color sear on them and you will cook them another 2 minutes

Toss the dressing with the salad and place the scallops on top with a squirt of lemon

Your plate will look like this after you inhale this salad.  BTW a nice Pinot Grigio is the perfect wine choice for this!



Friday FoodGawker Favorites


Happy Friday Everyone!

I can’t believe how fast this week has flown.  It has been a super busy week but deep breath for some FoodGawker favs…..YUM!

Favorite Breakfast/Dessert

Apple pie is definitely the epitome of comfort food but this just takes it to a whole different level!


Favorite Healthy Veggie

These are from a Delicata Squash- what a pretty name!  Don’t they look like the butter ring cookies you used to get in Sunday school?  So pretty and just another wonderful and healthy way to get your vegetables in;)


Favorite Cocktail Pop-in-your-mouth-food

With all the holiday cocktail parties coming up- we all need new ideas!  Curry Roasted Chickpeas?!  Move over nuts!

Crispy, Crunchy – once you pop you can’t stop!


Favorite Dip

My mom has talked about this dip for years!  She had it when she went to a neighborhood Christmas party and has never forgotten it!  This recipe is also figure friendly too SCORE!  Also, if you can get the really good ginger snaps to dip they are fabulous- Nyaker’s Ginger Snaps can be bought at World Market


Favorite Pumpkin Roll

As you see I am a little obsessed with pumpkin but hey it’s Fall and we only have a few months a year to truly enjoy this heavenly squash!  I made pumpkin bread this week and it was great with just a little butter but add some cream cheese—-DROOL


Favorite Salad

The simplicity and freshness of this salad have me hooked!  I am not a huge fennel fan because I don’t like the anise (black licorice) flavor BUT with tart green apple, onion, pomegranate & goat cheese- YES PLEASE!


Favorite Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry + Pomegranate + Orange = never ever buy that jellied cranberry in a can gloop again!


Favorite Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles……I am taking a break to go make these NOW


Favorite Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Ooey Gooey Butter Pumpkin Cake…….there is no bad time to eat this but I am sure the most pleasure comes when you are in your pj’s in the dark with only the light of the open refrigerator


Have a fabulous weekend!  So excited to get ready for Thanksgiving!!!!!!

Knock Your Socks Off Fall Harvest Salad


Happy Tuesday Friends!

I have been busy combing the interwebs for Thanksgiving inspired recipes.  I have been obsessed with butternut squash lately but when I saw the gorgeous brussels sprouts and perfect pomegranate at the store, my focus shifted.  I wanted to create a beautiful salad using these components.  I was not at all prepared for how well it all came together and the barrage of compliments from my family last night at my Mom’s birthday dinner.

The layers of flavor in this one hit wonder will leave you wanting more.  The tender leaves of the brussels sprouts, bright bursts of the pomegranate, smokey peppered bacon bites, and the crunchy glazed walnuts all bathed in the peppery, mustardy vinaigrette dressing….oh my.

Here are the players for the salad base minus the bacon because I came up with that addition while I was making the salad:

Fall Harvest Salad

  • 1 1/2 lbs brussels sprouts
  • 1 honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 pomegranate, about 1/2 cup jeweled seeds
  • 1/2 sweet onion, sliced paper-thin on mandolin
  • small head of green cabbage
  • 3/4-1 cup glazed walnuts
  • 3-4 pieces peppered bacon

Before you dive into making the salad- go ahead and make the super simple dressing so it can come together while you prep the salad

Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar (I like my vinaigrettes strong so you can use less if you don’t want a strong vinegar taste)
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice (use fresh if you can but I didn’t have any so the plastic lemon will do)
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Penzey’s Country French Vinaigrette base (buy here)

Put all the ingredients into an airtight container and then treat it like the shake weight and get your workout


Let’s get started on the salad

Cut your cabbage in half and thinly slice around the core- 1 used about 3/4 of the cabbage- it was a small head- you want the star of this show to be the brussels sprouts

How cute is this?  A wittle bitty baby cabbage

You need to chop off the ends and remove and course/damaged/dirty leaves

Then place them in a bowl of water to open them up a little and it let me get all the pretty outer leaves off to place in the bowl with the sliced cabbage.  Then slice the brussels sprouts

Then you will thinly slice the apples- my fav blogger Kristen, IowaGirlEats, shows the perfect way to slice apples

Click here to learn how to perfectly slice your apples

You will also now want to slice your onions on your mandolin and if you don’t have a mandolin you can use a vegetable peeler- but please be careful!  The point is you want those onions paperthin….you don’t want them to overtake this salad

I am sorry I don’t have a picture but apparently my ginkgo biloba wasn’t working….maybe I should ask for my money back…hmm

This is point where you need to pour the Mustard Vinaigrette over the apples, onions, brussels & cabbage and let it marinate for at least 3 hours.  This process really helps the flavors come together and the cabbage & brussels soften a bit.

~~2 1/2 hours later~~

Over low heat cook a couple of slices of peppered bacon.  The low heat helps with too things 1) it does not splatter all over your cooktop 2) allows the bacon to caramelize – drool

Here is the best peppered bacon I have ever had –  BACON 

Now is Nueske’s Peppered Bacon a requirement?  No, but I couldn’t very well go on in life harboring that secret…whew, I feel cleansed.

p.s. you will want to make extra as a BLT may be in your future after making said bacon

Look at this beautiful pomegranate

If you have never had a fresh pomegranate- you must run out and buy one NOW!  They are a lot of work to get the beautiful jeweled seeds out and the juice will stain everything…but my friends it is beyond worth it!!

I want to make these into jewelry for me to wear they are so so beautiful

And the burst of sweet flavor- OH MY GOODNESS

To finish assembly of the salad- chop up the bacon and toss it with the salad.  On top sprinkle the glazed walnuts and the pomegranate and it will look freaking AWESOME!

The looks will get you in the door but the flavor will have them asking for more at your next get together!

This is going to be on our table for Thanksgiving~ hope to see it on yours:)

Are you trying out any new dishes for Thanksgiving this year?