If you enjoy seafood, you’ll love this spinach and scallop salad. This salad is relatively easy to make, and the number of ingredients listed will serve four people. From start to finish, you’ll need about 40 minutes to prepare.
Start by taking 10 ounces of spinach and thoroughly rinsing it in cold water (sand and grit is often embedded inside spinach leaves, so you must take the time to wash the leaves – nobody wants to eat sand!).
Do you prefer a little extra crunch with your salad? If so, then you’ll probably want to leave the stems intact. However, some people prefer removing every stem from their spinach, but it’s entirely up to you (you can remove them off or split them off). Once you’ve cleaned the spinach thoroughly, pat it dry. The next step is to skin and finely chop two shallots (shallots are small onions but with a very mild taste, and they are often used because their flavor is not too overpowering). Set aside the spinach and chopped shallot.
Next, you’ll need to make your salad dressing. In a large bowl, add two tablespoons each of sherry vinegar and sesame oil. Then add one tablespoon of your favorite soy sauce. Mix thoroughly. Although I’m not a fan of salt and pepper, you can certainly add them as needed to adjust to your preferred taste. If you enjoy garlic, you can add one tablespoon of minced garlic. If you’re also looking for the health benefits associated with garlic, it’s best to grind fresh garlic and let it sit for at least ten minutes before adding to the salad dressing.
After mixing the dressing, add the spinach, chopped shallot, and garlic into the bowl. Mix thoroughly. Next, slice eight cherry tomatoes in half (make sure to rinse them in cold water first!) and drop them into the bowl. Mix again, and then arrange the spinach salad onto four plates (or two plates if you and a friend are starving!).
In a little frying pan, add a tablespoon of butter and bring it to high heat. Rinse and clean the scallops, then sear them for about 3 minutes on each side. Let them cool for several minutes before arranging onto each salad.
A spinach and scallop salad is a quick and easy salad to make, and it’s healthy for you too!
10 ounces fresh spinach
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
16 large scallops
1 tablespoon butter