Thursday, May 22, 2014

Procrastination Recipe: Scallops & Summer Salad

Last night after the gym I wanted something light for dinner. But I was also in the mood to cook. So I popped over to Whole Foods, which is conveniently on the backside of my gym and bought way more items than I went in there intending to get. Oh well, such is life.

(This makes 2-3 portions)
2-3 ears of corn
1 avocado
1 lime
3 sea scallops (you could absolutely substitute a fish fillet in place of the scallops)
2 medium tomatoes
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil

Dice up the tomatoes and avocado and stir in the juice from the lime. Drizzle ears of corn with olive oil and grill either on a grill pan like me or outside on the grill.

When the corn is done (the kernels change color to a brighter, glossier yellow) cut it off and mix into the tomato and avocado. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Sea scallops are big so I chose to cute them in half. I sprinkled them with salt and pepper and put them on the hot grill pan for about 2-3 minutes per side. 

*Quick aside: Scallops might seem a little intimidating to someone new to the kitchen. If you overcook them they become tough and chewy and then it's like eating shoe leather. The first time I cooked scallops was Valentine's Day my senior year of college. I made bacon-wrapped scallops and filet mignon for a totally undeserving boyfriend (but that's another story). But my point is that I had never made either of those dishes before and I just decided to try it and it was fine. Don't let food intimidate you. Just give it a shot. Sometimes you might overcook something and have to toss it out, but at least you tried and you'll know what to do better the next time. It's all a learning experience, right?

I cut the halves in half again so that each scallop would be bite size and then I just tossed them on top of the summer salad. Another addition might be to put this all over a bed of arugula (I didn't have any in the fridge). This is a light, fresh and filling meal and perfect for a hot summer night.

Happy Eating!


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