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Seared Scallop and Shrimp Bowl

Today’s post for the A to Z Challenge is a Seared Scallop and Shrimp Salad Bowl topped with an avocado cilantro lime dressing.  The shrimp were marinated and cooked in lime, garlic and cilantro. You may remember that for the letter D – I posted Dylan’s Crazy Cobb Like Salad. The salad was my son’s creation and he selected the ingredients and chopped his way to making a very yummy salad.  Now, my younger daughter Gabby is a foodie in the making and is very competitive. She has been dreaming up her salad ever since.  I had to stop her at one point because she had some many ingredients on her list that just did’t go to well together.

Seared Scallop and Shrimp Salad Bowl PrepAll though she selected all the ingredients for her salad, she doesn’t quite have the knife skills that Dylan has so she assisted with washing vegetables, using the chopper and mixing the ingredients.

Her salad had the following items: (just cut and mix them all together!)

  • Baby Spring Mix
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Black Beans
  • Red Kidney Beans
  • White Corn
  • Yellow Corn
  • Green Peas
  • Edamame
  • Cucumbers
  • Red pepper
  • Yellow pepperSeared Scallop and Shrimp Salad Bowl Prep
  • Orange pepper
  • Scallions
  • Cilantro (finely chopped)
  • Crunchy Bacon (or as she refers to it…”That’s Good Pig!”)

The Salad Dressing 

  • 1 Haas Avocado
  • Handful of Cilantro
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Put all ingredients in the blender except the oil and blend until smooth, Slowly add oil and blend until combined and pourable.

The Shrimp 

  • 1lb shrimpSeared Scallop and Shrimp Salad Bowl
  • 3/4 bunch of Cilantro Finely chopped
  • 4 Garlic cloves Finely Minced
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until shrimp are covered.  Let sit for 15 to 30 minutes.  When ready to cook heat a stainless steel pan on the stove and pour contents of bowl into pan. Cook until shrimp are pink and opaque. Flip shrimp once.

The Scallops 

  • 8 Collosal Sea Scallops
  • Kosher Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Oil: canola, vegetable oil, grape seed, peanut (just no olive oil) 
  • 1 tablespoons unsalted butter

Seared Scallop and Shrimp Salad Bowl Pat dry each side of each scallop with a paper towel.  Season each side with salt and pepper.  Heat a stainless steel pan on the stove with oil and butter  Let the pan get hot – almost smoking.  Place scallops in pan and cook for 90 second to 2 minutes (depending on size) on each side.  DO NOT MOVE the scallop until you are ready to flip them.  RESIST the URGE!!!! RESIST and you will have perfectly seared Scallops!

Assemble the Salad

We decided to put our salad in a taco bowl (available at most stores)