Scallop, Prosciutto, and Mâche Salad

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Photo: Erin Kunkel; Styling: Nissa Quanstrom
Recipe from Sunset

Serve this party-worthy salad as soon as you make it--the tender mâche wilts fast.

Ingredients

  • 16 large dry-packed sea scallops*; pull off the tough slender muscle from the side of each
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
  • About 3/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest or 1 tbsp. regular lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice or 2 tbsp. regular lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or thawed frozen green peas
  • 2 qts. (3.5 oz.) loosely packed mâche or mesclun
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, torn into pieces

Preparation

Total: 25 Minutes

  1. 1. Pat scallops dry. Heat a large frying pan (not nonstick) over high heat until a drop of water sizzles when flicked onto it. Add grapeseed oil, then scallops; season with 1/4 tsp. salt. Sauté scallops without moving them until browned and easily turned, 3 minutes. Turn and brown other side, 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  2. 2. Whisk lemon zest and juice with olive oil and 1/2 tsp. salt.
  3. 3. Cook peas in a saucepan of salted boiling water until just tender, 2 minutes for fresh, 30 seconds for frozen; drain and rinse with cold water.
  4. 4. Toss mâche, peas, and prosciutto with 2 tbsp. dressing. Arrange on a platter with scallops. Drizzle with dressing to taste and serve immediately.
  5. *Dry-packed sea scallops smell fresh and are slightly sticky with no liquid oozing from them; find them at good seafood shops.

April 2013

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 283
  • Calories from fat: 54%
  • Protein: 21g
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated fat: 4.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 13g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Sodium: 735mg
  • Cholesterol: 28mg