• Wine-Marinated Sea Scallop Salad

    August 30, 2013

    The other day, it occurred to me that summer was just about over. I feel like I was just celebrating Memorial Day, and now Labor Day is just about here. I guess time flies when you’re having fun!

    When I started reminiscing about this past summer, I realized I hadn’t once eaten sea scallops, which are one of my favorite foods to enjoy on a warm summer evening. I live on the South Shore at the start of Cape Cod, so seafood and summer go hand-in-hand for me, and I can’t believe months went by without a single scallop dinner.

    When my friends at Barefoot Wine asked me to create a wine-inspired recipe using one of their varieties, I knew exactly what I wanted to make: sea scallops! The Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect summer wine with lots of light, fruity flavors. It obviously tastes great poured into a glass and sipped alone, but it also pairs really well with seafood.

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    This recipe for Wine-Marinated Sea Scallop Salad (say that three times fast!) brings together seared sea scallops and roasted vegetables on top of a bed of greens for a delicious, nutritious, and satisfying meal. Flavors of lemon, dill, and garlic pervade both the scallops and vegetables, so no dressing is needed for this salad, which keeps the meal light and healthy, but still filling at the same time. With a glass of Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc, it’s a wonderful way to enjoy the remaining nights of summer.

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    Wine-Marinated Sea Scallop Salad


    • 1.5 pounds sea scallops
    • 2 small (or 1 large) zucchini
    • 2 small (or 1 large) summer squash
    • 1 large red onion
    • 2-3 tbsp butter
    • 16 ounces mixed greens


    • 1.5 cups Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc
    • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/3 cup lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp minced garlic
    • 3 tbsp chopped fresh dill
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp black pepper

    Directions: Chop vegetables into 1-inch pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.


    In a separate bowl, whisk together wine, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, dill, salt, and pepper to make the marinade.

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    Pour about 2/3 of the marinade (approximately 1.5 cups) over the vegetables. (The remaining marinade will be used for the scallops.)

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    Fully coat vegetables in marinade. Cover with cling wrap, place bowl in refrigerator, and allow to marinate for at least 3 hours.

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    Unwrap scallops and place them in another bowl.

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    Pour in remaining marinade.

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    Cover with cling wrap, place bowl in refrigerator, and allow to marinate for at least 3 hours.

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    Once the vegetables have had a chance to marinate, remove them from the marinade using a slotted spoon and spread them onto a baking sheet.

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    Roast vegetables for 30 minutes on 425 degrees F, tossing after 15-20 minutes.

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    While vegetables are roasting, place butter (and a little bit of marinade, if you’d like) in a large skillet on the stove top. Once the butter has melted and the skillet is hot, pan-sear scallops for a few minutes on each side.

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    Cook scallops until they are fully seared on each side.

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    Once both the scallops and vegetables are cooked, assemble the salads by adding mixed greens (3-4 ounces) to a plate and topping them with a large scoop of vegetables and 3-4 scallops.

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    Serve with Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc.

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    Recipe makes 4 servings

    This post is sponsored by Barefoot Wine.

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    { 39 comments… read them below or add one }

    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape August 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Yum! Totally making that! I know hubby will love it too!


    Amy @ The Little Honey Bee August 30, 2013 at 10:27 am

    What a gorgeous plate! I love scallops but have actually never marinated them in wine.


    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat August 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I really, really need to make this dish! It looks amazing!!!


    Annette@FitnessPerks August 30, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I love scallops!!! YummmmmY.


    Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog August 30, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Oh wow, these scallops look unbelievable! Also happen to be a huge fan of Barefoot wine, so seems like the perfect recipe for me 🙂


    Becki August 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Looks awesome! Do you think they would do okay marinating for 8 hours or more? I was wondering if they would be okay if I left them to marinate all day while I was at work. 🙂


    Tina August 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I think so, but don’t let them go too long!


    Erin August 30, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Be careful not to marinate them too long. The acidity from the wine and lemon juice will actually start to cook the scallops. (Think ceviche). I would max out at the 3 hours.


    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner August 30, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    @Becki: I second Erin! Most seafood should not marinate in anything acidic longer than a few hours, or they’ll overcook when you actually go to cook them.


    Jackie August 30, 2013 at 10:42 am

    This looks fantastic, thanks Tina!


    lindsey b August 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Oh. my. gosh. You’ve totally outdone yourself with this recipe! I need to make this ASAP!


    Megan (The Lyons' Share) August 30, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Scallops are one of my favorite foods, so I love adding new scallop recipes to my list! Love that sear you got on your scallops – gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.


    Erin August 30, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Scallops are my favorite! They always remind me of summer too. So light. Scallops+garlic+butter+wine=delicious!


    alana August 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

    YUM! I love scallops but never make them at home. Looks like I’ll need to make my first attempt with your recipe! The roasted veggies alone look awesome.


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I’ve never cooked my own scallops before, I think Hell’s Kitchen scared me off since all these professional chefs keep messing up the scallops during dinner service! Too scared! haha


    honeywhatscooking August 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

    this looks wonderful. very nice job on searing the scallops.


    Becky @ Olives n Wine August 30, 2013 at 11:42 am

    This salad looks amazing and perfect for the last few days of summer! I’m all about cooking with wine (and drinking it while cooking, hehe…) so this recipe is going on my list!


    Linda @ running4two August 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I’m sooo hungry! This looks amazing :). I could use a glass of wine right now…it’s 5 o’clock somewhere right?


    Elizabeth @ Positive Change August 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I love scallops!! I can never find a recipe I like, but this looks super yummy! I love barefoot wine!! Always my go-to wine!


    Chase August 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Yum! White wine and scallops — two of my faves!


    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit August 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I just had scallops the other night! This looks amazing – I love the marinade ingredients!!


    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance August 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    That dinner looks so gourmet! I like Barefoot wines!


    Amy @ crazysweatymommy August 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Oh yum…looks like a new recipe I need to try


    Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind August 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    This looks amazing! especially the served with more wine part 🙂


    Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties August 30, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    i’ve always wanted to cook scallops but never had a good recipe! this looks awesome- thanks for the idea!!


    eliza August 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I cannot stand Barefoot Wine! I wish i liked it b/c its so cheap but it is just not good! Haha!
    I found a really good cheap ($7) chardonnay at Trader Joes . its called “napa river Chardonnay” Yum!
    Love scallops though. Yum!


    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner August 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Looks like a great recipe! I’m always afraid to make my own scallops, because they’re so expensive–I don’t want to screw them up! This looks pretty simple, though.


    Linda August 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    You had scallops last week – I guess they weren’t that memorable!! Ha!


    Tina August 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Yep, I had leftovers from THIS recipe! 😉


    Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) August 30, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I’m not a big seafood fan, but wine is always a great thing.


    Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake August 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Holy cow that looks amazing! Definitely need to try this one!


    Steph August 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    That looks so GOOD! And with Barefoot wine?! You simply can’t go wrong. Thanks for sharing. Will have to try.


    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves August 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Ohhh my goodness this looks heavenly! I absolutely love scallops and I’m sure the wine marinade would make them so flavorful and extra sweet! Thanks for the recipe 🙂


    Luv What You Do August 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I love sea scallops! We made them on the grill last week and I had them with pasta before my long run. DELISH!


    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats August 31, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Yum that recipe looks great! I’ve eaten scallops and love them but have never actually cooked them myself before.


    Liz August 31, 2013 at 1:28 am

    YUM! I LOVE scallops! …and wine 😉


    Annie @ my fuel and fitness diaries August 31, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Oh yay… Im looking forward to trying this recipe! I have never cooked scallops before but this will be a little inspiration. Great idea!


    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen September 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    OH yum! This recipe looks amazing and “fancy” enough to make for company or a date night! Great idea marinating the scallops in wine!


    Katherine September 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    love using wine in cooking!!! i usually go with 2 buck chuck from trader joes 🙂


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