Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Seared Sea Scallops with Garlic-Orange Vinaigrette

Spring has finally sprung and I am enjoying fresh asparagus once again!   I am extra excited for the local crop which will be available soon.  In addition to a nice bunch of asparagus, I had some fresh spinach.  I decided that fresh scallops would be great with my spring vegetables.  An orange vinaigrette, courtesy of Martha Stewart, made for the perfect light meal.  In the original recipe, Martha pairs the vinaigrette with pork tenderloin and sauteed spinach, which is super tasty.  I thought that the vinaigrette would work well with scallops.  Boy was I right - delicious!   I seared the seasoned scallops in a cast iron skillet coated with a little olive oil.  I roasted the asparagus and sauteed the spinach with olive oil and garlic.  I served the scallops over risotto - perfect!   The vinaigrette came together in a minute with the help of the food processor.  I will be repeating this meal soon!  The vinaigrette is so good that I will be trying it on salmon too! 

Garlic - Orange Vinaigrette
courtesy Everyday Food

1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 garlic clove
coarse salt and fresh ground pepper

By the way, NJ got a nice mention in the May edition of Bon Appetit as producing some of the country's very best asparagus.  Yes, I can attest to it, we do have some of the best asparagus!

On a side note:  Thank you so much to everyone for your kind words both regarding the loss of Chloe and my health scare.  I received a message from the doctor's office that my results are improving.  I will do follow up tests in another two weeks. 


  1. I need to try that vinaigrette - I bet it just awakens those vegetables and they all dance. Seared scallops is the perfect accompaniment!

  2. And... pressed send too soon. Glad the health results are getting better. Here's to a healthy season of enjoying the fresh produce.

  3. I am loving this recipe - it looks fantastic.

  4. I'm glad things are looking better Jen. These scallops and that sauce/vinaigrette are going to be my meal this Friday night!

  5. I love scallops. Don't eat them enough that's for sure. Love this recipe

  6. That is a beautiful meal that really says spring! The scallops look like they're cooked to perfection and I bet they were really fantastic with that vinaigrette!

  7. Oh yes! This looks fabulous. Love it.


  8. These scallops looks amazing! I know they would be a big hit in my house :)

  9. I love scallops but, have only made them at home once. I need to try them again with this vinaigrette as I am sure I would love it!

  10. Love the combo of ingredients in your vinaigrette! We eat scallops all the time; can't wait to serve them drenched in this.

  11. Just checking in to see how you are feeling.
    Hope things are looking up and all is well.