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

This is what happens when foodies get together…. caramelized scallops with bittersweet grapefruit, peppery arugula in a shallot champagne vinaigrette. Have I enticed you yet?

I spent the weekend with Kat of Food For Every Season and we created this fabulous salad after having a big brunch. I’m on a grapefruit kick lately and even if you’re not a huge fan I think you would really love the flavor combination you experience with each and every bite.

This is the kind of salad you can easily see on the menu of a high end restaurant at a fraction of the cost; simple to make and elegant enough to impress guests. Great for lunch or a light dinner and ready in less than 20 minutes. This would also be wonderful with shrimp, enjoy!!

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Scallops, Grapefruit, Arugula and Spinach Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
CUISINE: American


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

For the champagne vinaigrette:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp champagne vinegar, white wine vinegar would work
  • 2 tbsp chopped shallots
  • salt and pepper
  • grapefruit juice from 3 reserved slices of grapefruit


  • 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).
  • 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.


Serving: 1/4th of salad, Calories: 216.9kcal, Carbohydrates: 16.6g, Protein: 16.4g, Fat: 10.1g, Fiber: 2.9g, Sugar: 1.4g
Blue Smart Points: 3
Green Smart Points: 3
Purple Smart Points: 3
Points +: 6
Keywords: Gluten Free, low carb