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Curried Scallop-Apple Salad

  • 25 m
  • 25 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“Curry complements seared scallops, tart apples and sweet dried cranberries while toasted almonds add crunch in this quick fall dinner salad. Serve with toasted whole-wheat baguette and a glass of sauvignon blanc.”


    • 6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • ½ cup thinly sliced shallot
    • ¾ teaspoon curry powder
    • 1 cup apple cider
    • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
    • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
    • 1 pound dry sea scallops, (see Shopping Tip), tough muscle removed
    • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 8 cups mixed salad greens
    • 1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, diced
    • ¼ cup dried cranberries
    • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted (see Tip)


  • 1 Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and curry powder and cook, stirring, until the shallot is beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add cider and ¼ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced to ¾ cup, about 4 minutes. Pour into a large bowl and whisk in 2 teaspoons oil and vinegar. Reserve ¼ cup dressing in a small bowl. Wipe out the pan.
  • 2 Pat scallops dry and sprinkle with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan and heat over medium-high. Add the scallops and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  • 3 Add salad greens, apple, cranberries and almonds to the large bowl; toss to coat. Top with the scallops and drizzle with the reserved ¼ cup dressing.
  • Shopping tip: Be sure to buy “dry” sea scallops. “Wet” scallops, which have been treated with sodium tripolyphosphate (STP), are not only mushy and less flavorful, but will not brown properly.
  • Tip: Place sliced almonds 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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