Citrus Scallop Summer Salad

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Not to worry, I’m not asking you to go out and spend the big bucks on the mack daddy U-10 scallops. Instead, I stuck my lowly head in the freezer section of my local conventional (real food exists outside of Whole Foods too!) grocery store and found some wild-caught bay scallops normal priced at about $8 a pound. Considering that these little suckers thaw & cook up quickly, I most definitely consider them a convenience protein, so I’ll pay $8 a pound for that.


  • 1 lb bay scallops
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • juice of 1 grapefruit
  • juice of 1 orange
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, ½’d
  • handful cilantro, chopped
  • salt


Bring a medium pot full of water to a simmer. Add in a generous pinch of salt.

Take a look at the scallops. Sometimes they’ll have little “beards” attached to them. You’ll want to peel those off and discard them. Add the scallops to the simmering water and let them cook for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the onion, citrus juices, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro and salt.

Add in the scallops. Mix to combine. Eat now or stick the bowl in the fridge until the scallops have had a chance to chill out.


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    August 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    This salad sounds wonderful! Scallops and all kinds of citrus–a perfect & fresh combination.

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    Susan H
    September 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Howdy. Let’s say I can’t consume grapefruit due to a drug interaction warning label. What would be a good alternative to use in lieu of grapefruit juice? Or, would you increase the amounts of the other two citruses–and, if so, should I go easy on it due to sugar in the OJ?


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      September 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Hi, I made this last night and totally left out the grapefruit juice and it was fabulous! I also used shrimp instead of scallops, yummy!

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    Team Oberg
    September 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Personally I love little bay scallops, they have such a richer flavor. Also, you are using so much citrus that you dont even have to cook them really. You could just throw them in raw and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours like ceviche!

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    Busy Paleo Mom
    November 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    This looks delish! Can’t wait to try it! I don’t care that it is 38 degrees outside! I can pretend it’s summer, right? :)

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    May 2, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Made this last night. Amazing! The only thing is I’m not a fan of raw onions. I tried it anyway and wasn’t really all bad even though I don’t love that oniony feeling in my mouth. Wondering if it would take too much away from it if I left out the onions. Big big fan otherwise. Maybe I’ll keep making it and start to like raw onions!

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