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Scallop, Mango and Avocado Salad

Scallop, Mango and Avocado Salad
Look for uniformly sized sea scallops about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. They should be pale ivory or have the lightest hint of pink, with a mild, sweet scent. The combination of scallops, mango and avocado results in a particularly rich salad. For a lighter course, omit the scallops.

Ingredients:

For the chili-lime vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 jalapeño chili, seeded and minced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • 1 mango
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and cut
      into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 12 sea scallops
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens
  • 2 green onions, including tender green tops,
      sliced diagonally

Directions:

To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, combine the jalapeño and lime juice. Whisk in the olive oil. Season with the salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to serve. (The vinaigrette can be made up to 2 hours in advance.)

Stand the mango on one of its narrow sides on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut slightly off center, slicing off all the flesh from one side of the pit in a single piece. Repeat on the other side of the pit. Hold 1 section, flesh side up, in your hand. With the tip of the knife, score the flesh lengthwise and then crosswise, forming 1/2-inch cubes and taking care not to cut through the peel. Press against the center of the peel to force the cubes upward, then run the knife along the base of the cubes to free them, allowing them to drop into a nonreactive bowl. Repeat with the remaining section. Add the avocado and lime juice to the mango cubes and toss together. Set aside.

Preheat a broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Put the melted butter in a shallow bowl. Add the scallops and turn to coat lightly. Arrange the scallops on the baking sheet, spacing them evenly. Season with salt and pepper. Slip the scallops under the broiler about 6 inches from the heat source and broil until golden on top, about 1 1/2 minutes. Turn the scallops over and broil until the tops are golden and the centers are nearly translucent, about 1 minute more. Remove from the broiler.

In a bowl, toss the salad greens with half of the vinaigrette and divide them among chilled individual plates. Divide the mango and avocado cubes evenly among the salad greens, scattering them on top. Place 3 scallops on each salad. Add any pan juices from the scallops to the remaining vinaigrette, stir to mix, and then drizzle the vinaigrette on and around the scallops. Garnish the salads with the green onions and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Entertaining, Edited by Chuck Williams (Oxmoor House, 2004).