Responsible Choice Sea Scallop and Grilled Peach Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Serves 4 (2 cups salad and 4 scallops each).

All you need:
For the vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup tarragon vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp Hy-Vee Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup Hy-Vee extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp basil chiffonade
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

For the salad:

  • 4 peaches, halved and pitted
  • 16 sea scallops, patted dry
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 8 cups mixed greens, such as torn kale, Bibb lettuce, romaine or spinach
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • Fresh basil, for garnish, optional

All you do:
For the vinaigrette:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, sugar and mustard.
  2. Drizzle in olive oil while whisking to combine. Mix in basil and salt and black pepper, to taste. Set aside until ready to use.

For the salad:

  1. On a preheated grill, grill peaches 3 to 4 minutes or until slightly soft and grill marks appear.
  2. Season scallops with salt and pepper and grill about 2 minutes per side.
  3. Slice the peaches while the scallops cook.
  4. To serve the salad, toss greens and carrots together and place on a serving platter.
  5. Top with a little of the vinaigrette, grilled sea scallops and peaches.
  6. Drizzle with more vinaigrette and garnish with fresh basil, if desired.

**Chef’s note: Chiffonade means to shred or finely cut vegetables or herbs. To chiffonade, stack the basil leaves and tightly roll into a cylinder. Make thin slices to create ribbons. Don’t cut the basil too far ahead or it will blacken. This technique can be used for mint or any other leafy herb.

**Wine and beer pairing: I suggest a chilled Rose, such as Elk Creek Pinot Noir Dry Rose from California. I also suggest a Saison, such as Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, made by Boulevard.

Author: Jessica Dolson

My name is Jessica Dolson, but you can call me Jess. I am a July 2012 graduate from IWCC Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management program. Since I can remember, I have had a passion for food. Growing up cooking and eating what we grew or raised made me realize how important it is for me to share that passion with others. My major focus being a chef is education, through holding classes, tasting events, wine dinners and live cooking demonstrations. It is very important to me to teach children and adults what they are eating and where their food comes from. I have learned to show people the nutritional differences between foods and show them a variety of ways to cook simple dishes, which results in families coming together and enjoying food with each other.