Sauteed sea scallops, arugula and sweet beet salad is another summer favorite, tossed with goat cheese and a honey vinaigrette – this salad is delicious!
Sea Scallops, Arugula and Beet Salad
I love seafood salads. A few of my favorites are Grilled Orange Shrimp Salad, Chilled Italian Shrimp Tortellini Pasta Salad, and Spiralized Summer Roll Bowls with Hoisin Peanut Sauce.
A day trip out East inspired this wonderful salad. We spent the day out in Riverhead, Long Island and stopped to eat at a quaint little restaurant overlooking the river called Farm Country Kitchen. The scallop and beet salad was sooo darn good, I absolutely knew I had to recreate it. Sea scallops are really easy to make and take only minutes to prepare. You can use precooked beets to make this quicker, but I just boiled them ahead until they softened. If you prefer roasting the beets, that of coarse would work out fine as well. Once the beets cook and cool, the rest of the salad comes together in less than 15 minutes. You can easily halve the recipe if you are cooking for two!
More Scallop Recipes:
- Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops
- Blackened Scallops with Horseradish Sauce
- Baked Scallops
- Grilled Scallops Skewers with Honey Ginger Glaze
- Linguini with Scallops and Peas
Sea Scallops, Arugula, and Beet Salad
For the dressing:
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp minced shallots
- 1 1/2 tbsp raw honey
For the salad:
- 2 cups diced cooked and peeled yellow beets*, recipe follows
- 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 12 large sea scallops, 18 oz
- olive oil cooking spray
- kosher salt and pepper to taste
- 5 oz baby arugula
- 8 grape tomatoes, halved
- Cover the beets with water in a medium pot and bring to a boil.
- Cover and cook over medium-low heat until tender when pierced with a fork, about 50 to 60 minutes.
- Peel and dice into small cubes; set aside to cool.
- Season scallops with salt and pepper.
- Heat a large nonstick pan on a medium-high heat.
- When the pan is hot, spray with oil and place scallops in the pan.
- Sear without touching them until the bottom forms a nice caramel colored crust, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Turn and cook until their centers are still slightly translucent (you can check this by viewing them from the side), about 1 to 2 more minutes, careful not to overcook.
- Remove from the pan.
- Make vinaigrette by whisking the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
- Toss with the arugula.
- Evenly divide the arugula between four large plates.
- Top each with 1/2 cup beet, 1 oz goat cheese, tomato and 3 scallops each.
- Serve immediately.
33 comments on “Sea Scallops, Arugula and Beet Salad”
5 out of 5 stars for this AMAZING Summer dish. It’s restaurant quality and not because of anything I did. The flavors just blend and go together so well! I doubled the scallops to 6 per person and roasted my beets instead of boiling. Highly recommend!!!
5/5 ⭐️ Restaurant Quality! The flavors make this dish beyond delicious! I made 6 scallops per person instead of 3 and roasted my beets. This is a must for for your summer!!! 🏖
No receipe for dressing
I can’t wait to try this. I had something similar today at a restaurant that I loved. Just sharing, in addition to what you have listed they included balsamic onions, sunflower seeds, and quinoa with a champagne vinaigrette dressing. I think the beets were pickled.
We are not beet fans at our house. I substituted mandarin oranges (no sugar) for beets and tomatoes and it was delicious!!
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This salad looks beautiful. Love everything in it except the beets. Any suggestion for a replacement on the beets?
Can I use red beets in place of yellow? I don't want to disrupt the flavor combinations but already have red.
Made this tonight, it was awesome. Only change I made was to spiralized the beets for the salad.
Just made this last night. If you make the beets in advance it really does come together in about 10-15 minutes. Absolutely delicious. The only downside is the cost of sea scallops is rather high, but this is so tasty it is worth it! I was skeptical that it would be filling–but it was completely!
It look very pretty, but when I saw the picture I thought the yellow 'thing' was mango, as I've never seen yellow beets, that's very interesting.
This is so delicious and I used tuna chunk instead of sea scallops. LOVE IT!
These sea scallops look really good! What might you substitute for goat cheese?
I nearly passed out when I saw this recipe!! LOVEEEE! Shelly @ mysexandfitness.com (would it be okay to borrow this from you?? I'll link back!)
You can share a photo and link, not the full recipe. Hope that works!
Wow this looks yummy. Will definitely be trying it. Check out my Mean Green Salad too at http://hayinaday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/mean-green-salad.html
Mmm. Love everything about this recipe. The scallops, the golden beets, and the honey in the dressing. I'll use some raw, local honey from my local farmers' market.
And thanks for the Riverhead restaurant recommendation. I've never been there.
Gina, this salad looks not only beautiful but so yummy! I had to pin it on my Pinterest board. I love fresh beets–you can have the canned ones. I've noticed that here in NOLA salads with beets have been popping up on so many restaurants's menus. When our local supermarket gets some in for a decent price, I'm definitely making this! Thanks for the recipe.
I've never tried yellow beets! What do they taste like?
I don't even eat scallops (or seafood) but that is BEAUTIFUL. May have to try with some grilled chicken. YUM.
This looks so good minus the arugula. I'm not a fan of grass except for romaine. I guess romaine would work instead. Going to try this. I love beets but other than pickled that's all I've had.
What a great combination. yellow beets are hard to find here but they are delicious and beautiful in a salad
Adoro quest'insalata esotica!!!
This salad looks so good. My husband has been begging for beets. This is a great way to make us both happy.
For individuals who are not able to have any form of added sugar –even honey — do you suppose pineapple or tangerine will work in place of honey and the wine vinegar?
Sure! I would also use a sweeter vinegar, like white balsamic vinegar.
Wow this is mouthwatering : )! Inspired me to follow you!
Everything about this dish is inviting and delicious!
Interesting combo… Maybe I'll grill them this weekend! Thanks for the idea!
The combination was so good, better than I would have imagined!
I love everything with beets but I've never had them with scallops – looks completely delicious thanks for the recipe!
Those scallops look so delicious!!