This scallop salad is inspired by the French salad frisée with lardons. Crispy, salty pancetta and fried capers complement the buttery sweet flavor of seared scallops. Softly wilted sturdy greens like frisée or escarole add texture and flavor to this healthy dinner salad., May 2021


Credit: Victor Protasio

Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk shallot, vinegar and mustard together in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in 2 tablespoons oil; set aside. Add escarole (or frisée) and lettuce to a large heatproof bowl; set aside.

  • Add pancetta to a cold medium skillet; place over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pancetta is crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer the pancetta to a paper-towel-lined plate. Do not wipe the pan.

  • Add 2 tablespoons oil to the pan and increase the heat to medium-high. Add capers; cook, stirring often, until the capers are crispy and some have broken open, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer the capers to the plate with the pancetta. Pour the hot oil from the pan over the lettuces, tossing to combine. (The greens will wilt slightly.)

  • Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle scallops with 1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper and cook, undisturbed, until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from heat.

  • Add the shallot dressing, pancetta and fried capers to the lettuces and gently toss to combine. Arrange the salad on individual plates or a platter and top with the scallops. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Nutrition Facts

3 oz. scallops & 2 cups salad
313 calories; fat 21g; cholesterol 28mg; sodium 465mg; carbohydrates 15g; dietary fiber 10g; protein 17g; sugars 2g; niacin equivalents 2mg; saturated fat 4g; vitamin a iu 12233IU; potassium 1177mg.