Golden Beet, Green Bean & Fennel Salad with Scallops
To prepare vinaigrette: Whisk walnut oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl until well combined.Advertisement
To prepare salad: Place beets in a medium saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water to cool slightly. Peel and slice the beets.
Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add green beans and cook until tender-crisp, 3 to 6 minutes. Rinse with cold water to cool slightly. Drain, then pat dry.
Break walnut halves into pieces still large enough to pick up with a fork. Add the walnuts and beets to the vinaigrette and let marinate for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the green beans, greens, fennel and basil to the bowl; toss to combine. Divide the salad among 6 plates.
Pat scallops dry and sprinkle both sides with lemon zest and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the scallops until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Top each salad with 3 scallops.
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare beans, beets & vinaigrette; refrigerate in separate containers for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before assembling the salad
For the best flavor, toast nuts and seeds before using in a recipe. To toast small nuts, chopped nuts and seeds, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
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