Scallops-Pecans Wilted Salad


Bay scallops are tiny scallops and sea scallops are the larger variety. Cutting the sea scallops in half shortens the cooking time to 2 to 4 minutes.

Scallops-Pecans Wilted spinach salad
Photo: Greg Scheidemann
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 ½ pound fresh or frozen sea scallops

  • ½ cup pecan halves

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 6 cup arugula

  • 4 medium heads endive, leaves separated and sliced crosswise (3-1/2 to 4 cups)

  • ½ cup maple syrup

  • cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Thaw scallops, if frozen. Halve scallops horizontally (about 1/2 inch thick). Rinse scallops; pat dry.

  2. In a dry skillet cook and stir pecans over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until toasted. Transfer pecans to bowl; set aside.

  3. Season scallops with salt and black pepper. In the same skillet cook scallops in hot oil over medium-high heat just until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer scallops to bowl with pecans; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cover; keep warm.

  4. In a bowl toss together arugula and endive. For dressing, in a saucepan combine syrup, soy sauce, and cayenne pepper. Bring to boiling; remove from heat. Toss greens with three-quarters of the warm dressing. Cover with plate for 30 to 60 seconds or until arugula begins to wilt. Toss remainder of dressing with scallop mixture. Divide greens among 4 plates; top with scallop mixture. Makes 4 servings.

Test Kitchen Tip:

For even cooking in this recipe we halve the scallops horizontally so they will be about 1/2-inch thick.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

449 Calories
19g Fat
37g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 449
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 1153mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 14.2mg 71%
Calcium 161.5mg 12%
Iron 2.5mg 14%
Potassium 741mg 16%
Folate, total 56.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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