Spinach salad with bacon-wrapped seared scallops

I was thrilled to find sea scallops (Coquilles St. Jacques) and baby spinach on sale at the store today. Although I had no plan for what to do with them at the time, here’s what I whipped up for lunch. This nutritious and delicious salad is almost too easy to be called a recipe.

At 35 calories apiece, scallops are a very healthy source of protein. The World’s Healthiest Foods has this to say about them: “Scallops are a very good source of protein, selenium, phosphorus, and vitamin B12. In addition, scallops are a good source of zinc, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, copper, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.”

Spinach is high in vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2, and calcium–just to name a few. Among the World’s Healthiest Vegetables, spinach comes out at the top of the ranking list for nutrient richness. It is also concentrated in health-promoting phytonutrients such as carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) and flavonoids, which provide powerful antioxidant protection.

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I  wrapped each scallop in bacon and secured it with half a toothpick.

I seared the scallops in a pan and served them over a bed of spinach for a light and satisfying lunchtime salad. It all took less than 15 minutes from start to finish.

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Spinach salad with bacon-wrapped seared scallops

Spinach salad with bacon-wrapped seared scallops
Serves 2
Bacon and scallops combine with spinach to make a delicious surf-and-turf salad. Perfect as a quick, easy, and light summer lunch.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
13 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
13 min
319 calories
18 g
50 g
17 g
30 g
6 g
464 g
1272 g
2 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
464g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 319
Calories from Fat 149
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
26%
Saturated Fat 6g
32%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 50mg
17%
Sodium 1272mg
53%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 9g
34%
Sugars 2g
Protein 30g
Vitamin A
638%
Vitamin C
185%
Calcium
36%
Iron
56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 8 bay scallops
  2. 8 pieces of bacon
  3. 2 handfuls of baby spinach (preferably organic)
  4. 1 tsp. coconut oil
  5. toothpicks
  6. fresh pepper
  7. optional: lemon quarters
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry the spinach leaves. Distribute onto two plates.
  2. Rinse the scallops in cool water and pat dry with a paper towel. Wrap each one in a slice of bacon and secure with a half a toothpick.
  3. Sear the bacon (round sides of the scallops) in the pan (approx. 4 minutes total). Then sear the flat sides of the scallops (approx. 2 minutes each side).
  4. Place 4 scallops on each bed of spinach and drizzle with pan drippings. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and juice from lemon quarter (optional).
Notes
  1. Tip: If the weather is nice, sear the scallops on the grill for an extra kick.
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calories
319
fat
17g
protein
30g
carbs
18g
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2 Responses to Spinach salad with bacon-wrapped seared scallops

  1. Amdnarg says:

    Looks luscious!

  2. Karen says:

    YUMMMMMMY! That looks so delicious.

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