Scallop & apple salad with hazelnut dressing

Scallop & apple salad with hazelnut dressing

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 5 mins

Skill level

For the keen cook

Servings

Serves 2

Fat, juicy scallops are always a treat- the secret is not to overcook them and to team with contrasting sweet flavours

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
486
protein
15g
carbs
16g
fat
43g
saturates
9g
fibre
4g
sugar
12g
salt
0.4g

Ingredients

  • ½ crisp, green eating apple
  • juice ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped toasted hazelnuts (see dressing)
  • 25g butter
  • 6 scallops, without roe
  • small handful watercress leaves
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin rapeseed oil, plus extra for drizzling

For the dressing

  • 175g hazelnuts (a 200g bag will give you enough for the scallops, too)
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp maple syrup

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Method

  1. To make the dressing, tip the hazelnuts into a frying pan, toast until golden, then transfer to the small bowl of a food processor. Whizz for 5-10 mins until they make a smooth paste – the nuts will start to release some of their oil and the paste should look like smooth peanut butter. Add the vinegar, maple syrup, season and blend to combine. With the motor running, pour in 150ml water and continue blending until smooth. Can be kept in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  2. Cut the apple into really fine matchsticks using a mandolin or sharp knife. Toss in a little of the lemon juice as you go to prevent the apple from turning brown.
  3. Put the hazelnuts in a shallow dish. Heat the butter in a frying pan until foaming and nut brown. Add the scallops and cook for 1 min on each side, or to your liking, seasoning as they cook. Remove from the pan and roll each scallop in hazelnuts. If cooking for larger numbers, cook the scallops in batches so that you don’t overcrowd the pan.
  4. To serve, spoon a dollop of the hazelnut dressing in the centre of each plate; use the back of the spoon to spread out the dressing slightly. Toss the watercress in the remaining lemon juice and oil, season and place a pile in the centre of each dressing dollop. Arrange the scallops around the watercress and place piles of apple between each scallop. Drizzle with a little oil and serve immediately.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2012

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