Butter Lettuce and Apple Salad with Seared Scallops
  • 1small crisp Granny Smith apple
  • 1teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1small head butter lettuce
  • 2tablespoons thinly sliced shallots
  • 1teaspoon ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil
  • 4 sea scallops
  • 1 1/2tablespoons toasted cashews
  • 2teaspoons snipped chives
  • Dressing
  • 2tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1tablespoon honey
  • 1/4teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Pinch of allspice
  1. Whisk all dressing ingredients together until emulsified. Set aside.
  2. Peel apple and cut into matchsticks. Toss in a small bowl with 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate until serving time. Remove outer lettuce leaves and reserve for another use. Separate inner leaves and cut in half lengthwise. (You should have just two large handfuls, or 1¾ ounces, of lettuce.) Wash and spin dry. Wrap in a towel, cover, and refrigerate until serving time.
  3. Just before serving, place lettuce in a large bowl. Add sliced shallots and apple matchsticks with lemon juice. Add half of the dressing, toss well, and taste. Add more dressing if needed, and toss again. Mound nicely on two salad plates.
  4. Place a nonstick skillet over high heat and add ghee or oil. When pan is very hot, add scallops, flat side down. They should hiss wildly. Cook until golden brown, then turn and sear other side. The whole process should take only 1-2 minutes.
  5. Place two scallops on each salad. Sprinkle cashews around, then chives. Grind a little pepper over the salad and serve at once.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Butter Lettuce and Apple Salad with Seared Scallops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 185
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 5g 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

PER SERVING: 185 cal, 57% fat cal, 12g fat, 3g sat fat, 9mg chol, 5g protein, 17g carb, 2g fiber, 169mg sodium