ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Seafood Salad with Creamy Tarragon Dressing

Photo: Thomas J. Story; Food Styling: Robyn Valarik
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 4 as a main-dish salad
Serve this seafood mix on a bed of watercress or butter lettuce, or as a sandwich in toasted brioche buns or on crusty bread.


  • 1 pound peeled, deveined medium shrimp (30 to 35 per lb.)
  • 1/2 pound bay scallops
  • 1/2 pound cleaned calamari, bodies cut into 1/2-in.-wide rings and tentacles cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • About 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped watercress leaves
  • 1/4 cup drained capers
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced

Nutrition Information

  • calories 402
  • caloriesfromfat 43 %
  • protein 42 g
  • fat 19 g
  • satfat 2.9 g
  • carbohydrate 16 g
  • fiber 3.4 g
  • sodium 1118 mg
  • cholesterol 338 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add shrimp, scallops, and calamari. Cover, remove from heat, and let steep just until shrimp are pink on the outside and opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), about 3 minutes. Drain seafood and immerse in ice water until cold; drain again.

  2. Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise, lemon peel and juice, tarragon, mustard, and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper in a food processor. Whirl until smooth.

  3. Combine seafood, watercress, capers, and dressing in a large bowl. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Gently stir in avocado.