Seared Scallop Salad with Grapefruit, Arugula and Spinach

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Seared scallops with pink grapefruit are wonderful over greens with a champagne vinaigrette as a light salad for lunch or dinner!

Seared Scallops, Grapefruit, Arugula and Spinach Salad
Seared Scallop Salad with Grapefruit

This light main dish salad is the kind you could easily see on the menu of a high-end restaurant, only making it at home will be a fraction of the cost. It’s simple to make and elegant enough to impress guests. More salad recipes I love with scallops are this Pan Seared Scallops with Baby Greens and Citrus Mojo Vinaigrette and Sea Scallops, Arugula and Beet Salad.

Seared Scallops, Grapefruit, Arugula and Spinach Salad

I’ve been on a grapefruit kick lately, and even if you’re not a huge fan, I think you would really love the flavor combination in this easy scallop salad. It’s great for lunch or a light dinner and ready in less than 20 minutes.

How to Cook Scallops

These seared scallops cook in just a few minutes. Make sure not to overcook them so they don’t become rubbery.

  • Pat the scallops dry with paper towels.
  • Season the scallops with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the pan and let it get very hot before adding oil and scallops.
  • Sear the scallops for a few minutes on high heat. Don’t touch them once they’re in the pan – you want the bottoms to get a caramel-colored crust before flipping.
  • Turn and cook for one more minute. The scallops will be done when they are still slightly translucent, which you can check by looking at them from the side.

What is champagne vinaigrette made of?

The dressing for this scallop salad is a champagne vinaigrette with six ingredients.

  • Olive oil
  • Champagne vinegar (white wine vinegar will also work)
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Shallots
  • Salt and pepper

Scallop Salad Variations:

  • Protein: Swap the scallops for salmon or shrimp.
  • Fruit: Sub oranges for grapefruit.
  • Vegetables: Add sliced fennel or avocado.
  • Greens: Serve over mixed greens if you’re not a fan of arugula or spinach.

Seared Scallops, Grapefruit, Arugula and Spinach SaladSeared Scallops, Grapefruit, Arugula and Spinach Salad

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Seared Scallops, Grapefruit, Arugula and Spinach Salad
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Scallops, Grapefruit, Arugula and Spinach Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

217 Cals 19 Protein 16.5 Carbs 10 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
CUISINE: American
Seared scallops with pink grapefruit are wonderful over greens with a champagne vinaigrette as a light salad for lunch or dinner!


  • 2 pink grapefruits, reserving 3 slices
  • 1 1/4 lb sea scallops, washed and dried with a paper towel
  • 2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 oz baby spinach and arugula

For the champagne vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar, white wine vinegar would work
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper


  • Peel the skin and white membrane off the grapefruit and separate the pieces.
  • Reserve three grapefruit slices for the vinaigrette and squeeze the juice; set aside.
  • Chop up remaining grapefruit for the salad.
  • In a medium bowl whisk olive oil, squeezed grapefruit juice (from 3 slices of grapefruit), champagne vinegar, chopped shallots, salt and pepper.
  • Season scallops with salt and pepper. Heat a large pan on a high heat.
  • When the pan is hot, add oil and place scallops in the pan.
  • Sear without touching them for a few minutes until the bottom forms a nice caramel colored crust.
  • Turn and cook about another minute while their centers are still slightly translucent (you can check this by viewing them from the side).
    seared scallops
  • Be careful not to overcook. Remove from the pan.
  • Divide the baby greens evenly between four plates. Arrange grapefruit on the plate and top with scallops; drizzle with vinaigrette.


  • Protein: Swap the scallops for salmon or shrimp.
  • Fruit: Sub oranges for grapefruit.
  • Vegetables: Add sliced fennel or avocado.
  • Greens: Serve over mixed greens if you’re not a fan of arugula or spinach.


Serving: 1/4th of salad, Calories: 217kcal, Carbohydrates: 16.5g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 10g, Fiber: 2.9g, Sugar: 1.4g
WW Points Plus: 6
Keywords: salad with scallops, seared scallop salad

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  1. Made this tonight. Delicious!  Thank you!

  2. We made this last night and it was delicious. So fresh tasting and filling. Will definitely make this again!

  3. This was delicious!  I added 1 Oz of reduced fat feta cheese for an additional ww point. So worth it. Great summer salad.  Will definitely make again!  

  4. DELICIOUS!!!!!!

  5. This was delicious. I don't like oily dressings so the only change I made was using a lime-vinaigrette. I also added a bit of reduced fat feta cheese and it was a big success with my BF (who usually will not eat salad…I lured him w/ the scallops though!)

  6. another tasty-looking recipe! i the picture and linked it back to this recipe (full credit given, of course!) here's the link:

  7. Gina, I love the idea of grapefruit in salads. This will gear up our taste buds for spring!

  8. Roz, perfect!

  9. Kelly, you can easily make this for one, just buy 1/4 lb of scallops.

  10. Gina, this is a gorgeously healthy salad…..just so happens that I bought a bottle of champagne vinegar a month ago and now the recipe for using it has appeared! Thanks so much! Roz at la bella vita

  11. This is gorgeous! I will admit I don't make scallops at home nearly enough because usually whatever I make has to hold up for a few days of leftovers and scallops certainly do not. This would be gorgeous for a romantic dinner especially.

  12. once again this looks and sounds amazing!

  13. Kelci- you could use salmon instead!

    Shira- it's hard for me to control how people comment especially when they haven't made it yet. Glad you liked the clouds, hope u left a comment on them!

  14. I'm going to have to make this! It reminds me of a dish I had in Philly at a fancy French restaurant!

  15. Hi Gina,

    A while ago, in reply to one of your recipes, one of the commenters mentioned that it is more useful when users comment AFTER they have made the dish, with comments on how it came out or suggestions on what they added/changed/substituted (e.g. if someone wants to make the dish low sodium, or if someone didn't have potatoes so used another ingredient instead). I agree with her. It would be more helpful than comments saying that it looks good. For users about to make the dish, such as myself, I find myself scrolling down through tons of comments to look for the useful ones. Maybe you could encourage readers to comment after they have made and eaten the dish. Just a suggestion, of course! This is not at all criticism of your work – which I appreciate hugely – but a constructive idea for your readers (which you could encourage them to do). As an aside, I made your black and white clouds (the meringues) and they came out great! Thanks!

  16. This looks fantastic! My fiancee is allergic to both scallops and shrimp- do you have another protein suggestion (could be fish) that would work well? Thanks!

  17. Gina, I love your site and the recipes are delicious. Thank you for your time.

  18. WOW, that looks spectacular! Grapefruit is a big weakness of mine, and pairing it with scallops … mmmmm! Going to give this one a try this week 😀

  19. liren- i thought of you while peeling my grapefruit!

    jhobbs- You can use orange instead of grapefruit.

    kalyn, pretty hard to mess this one up will all these yummy ingredients!

    lko- i often wish the same thing!

  20. This looks amazing! A great change of pace as I start craving lighter summer dinners. I've never made a recipe of yours that we didn't love. Keep em coming!

  21. Why can't the food you make pop out of my screen?

  22. I love everything in this salad, looks great!

  23. I just recently switched to a pescetarian diet and so have been looking for interesting seafood recipes and this one sounds delish!

  24. will def. try this one! thanks for sharing!

  25. Can't eat grapefruit due to a drug interaction. Any suitable substitutes?

  26. Wow, looks great Gina. I will try this for sure. Julia

  27. Hey Gee! It was absolutely the most amazing salad! and what was best…. the little brain storming session! Loved it! had a great weekend, as usual! thanks 😉

  28. sounds yummy. looove anything with arugula! yom.

  29. Oh my! 🙂 This looks inCREDIBLE! 🙂

  30. Love this, Gina! Fresh and perfect for Spring 🙂

  31. Light and amazing!