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Bow-Tie Salad with Scallops, Black Olives, Oranges, and Mint

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Here's a unique and refreshing pasta salad with flavors reminiscent of Morocco and Southern Italy, where oranges and black olives are often paired.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound bow ties
  • 1 pound sea scallops
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 navel oranges
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata or other black olives, pitted
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped fine
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

How to Make It

  1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the bow ties until just done, about 15 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain thoroughly.

  2. Meanwhile, season the scallops with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper. In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderately high heat. Sear the scallops, in two batches if necessary, until brown and just done, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Let cool.

  3. Using a stainless-steel knife, peel the oranges down to the flesh, removing all of the white pith. Cut the sections away from the membranes and put them in a large glass or stainless-steel bowl. Squeeze the juice from the membranes into the bowl. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons oil, the lemon juice, olives, onion, mint, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Stir to combine. Add the pasta and scallops and stir again.

  4. Wine Recommendation: A white or rosé wine from Provence or the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France makes sense with this; either will pair well with the mint and the salty olive tastes of the dish.

Quick From Scratch Pasta