6 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Peel cucumber; cut in half lengthwise, seed, and thinly slice.

Step 2

Trim and discard fennel bulb base. Trim stalks from bulb, discarding hard outside stalk. Cut bulb in half lengthwise, and cut crosswise into thin slices.

Step 3

Stir together fennel, cucumber, 2 tablespoons shallots, 1/2 tablespoon garlic, chives, 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar, olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; let stand at room temperature 1 hour.

Step 4

Place a small skillet over medium-high heat until hot; add fennel seeds, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 1/2 minutes or until toasted. (Be careful not to burn seeds; they will become bitter.)

Step 5

Remove from pan. Reduce heat to medium. Process seeds in a blender until ground; return to pan. Stir in 1/2 cup grapeseed oil. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.

Step 6

Whisk together fennel-infused oil, remaining tablespoon shallots, remaining 1/2 tablespoon garlic, remaining 1/4 cup vinegar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and orange juice; set aside.

Step 7

Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper to taste. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in skillet over high heat until very hot. Add scallops, and cook 2 minutes. Turn, and cook 1 minute.

Step 8

Arrange salad on individual plates; top each with a scallop. Whisk vinaigrette, and drizzle over salads. Garnish, if desired, and serve immediately.

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