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Need a little va-va-voom in your life? Something to help you break out of the mundane? Every now and again, I feel like I’m stuck in a rut.

Same schedule, same clothes, same workout, same thoughts, same conversations, same meals… Blah! Of course by nature, I’m a planner so I do like schedules. Yet, even we planners need a little excitement in our lives.

Sometimes, one tiny change can get the ball rolling for transition out of dreary gray routine. One minuscule shift can starts the domino effect in all areas of your life.

Last month I had a blah week. As I was preparing dinner one evening, it struck me that perhaps it would be nice to add watermelon to our salad, instead of tomatoes. Nothing revolutionary, just chopped watermelon. The melon added the same watery-bite and sweetness as ripe tomatoes, but with an element of surprise.

I thought to myself, “Girl, you need to think like that more often! It only took one small adjustment to make this green salad sing. Surely you can do even better with a little thought.” Hmmm…

With my wheels turning, this is what I came up with. Fast and fabulous Seared Scallops on Watermelon Salad with Sparkling Mint Vinaigrette.

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Cool, hot, soft, crisp, buttery, light, yummazing!

Not only that, it inspired me to make adjustments to several other blah meals I’ve been cooking. Now, how about you give it a try. After all…

The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. ~Ellen Glasgow

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To prepare Seared Scallops on Watermelon Salad with Sparkling Mint Vinaigrette:

Cut watermelon into 8 half inch rounds. Slice the radishes thin and set aside.

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Pat the scallops dry and remove the “foot.” Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.

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Heat a large skillet to high. Drizzle a scant amount of oil in the skillet and carefully rub it around with a paper towel. When the skillet is smoking hot, place the scallops top down. Sear for 1 1/2 minutes until you can see caramelization around the edges.

Using tongs or a metal spatula, flip the scallops. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet and cook 1-2 more minutes.

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Puree a quick mint vinaigrette with champagne vinegar.

Then plate the seared scallops on top of the watermelon with arugula leaves and radishes all around. Drizzle the sparkling mint vinaigrette over the top.

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Heavens! Just look at those scallops.

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I want to make these Seared Scallops on Watermelon Salad with Sparkling Mint Vinaigrette again and again and again. Yet that would start another rut.

Once every few weeks is going to have to do!

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Seared Scallops on Watermelon Salad with Sparkling Mint Vinaigrette

Yield: 8 first-course portions

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 cup grape seed oil + 1 teaspoon for skillet
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 8 extra large diver scallops (sometimes called colossal)
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 half inch slices of watermelon
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Puree the mint, vinegar, grape seed oil, agave, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in the blender. Set aside. Using a 2- 3 inch cookie cutter, cut the watermelon into 8 rounds. Slice the radishes thin and set aside.
  2. Pat the scallops dry and remove the “foot.” Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and a little cayenne pepper.
  3. Heat a large skillet to high. Drizzle a scant amount of oil in the skillet and carefully rub it around with a paper towel. When the skillet is smoking hot, place the scallops top down. Sear for 1 1/2 minutes until you can see caramelization around the edges. Using tongs or a metal spatula, flip the scallops. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet and cook 1-2 more minutes.
  4. To assemble: Place one watermelon round on each plate and sprinkle arugula and radishes around it. Top the watermelon with a large seared scallop. Drizzle with mint vinaigrette and serve while the scallop is warm.

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51 Responses to “Seared Scallops on Watermelon Salad with Sparkling Mint Vinaigrette”

  1. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted August 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I like your invention. The scallops look amazing.

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  2. Belinda @zomppaposted August 11, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Be colorblind…this looks lovely!! Love scallops.

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  3. A SPICY PERSPECTIVEposted August 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Belinda~ I love that you got my En Vogue reference!

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  4. Julianaposted August 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous dish…love the creativity and the way you mix such a variety of ingredients…would love to try it :-) And the pictures are awesome!

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  5. Rickposted August 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Sparkling! This looks fantastic! Nice and fancy.

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  6. Pacheco Pattyposted August 11, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Too clever! I love your creativity and I have trouble believing that you have any blah moments! I must try this recipe, the watermelon looks so fresh and the scallops so succulent, wow what a combination:-)

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  7. julieposted August 11, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Yumazing! I love that word! You sound like the next Rachael Ray! This looks so amazing, I can't believe your creativity. Could you send some of it this way please? I feel like I'm in a creativity rut these days!

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  8. Baking Barristerposted August 12, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I totally have those days too–it's almost like you force yourself to be creative to get out of a rut. Your creativity clearly worked in your favor. I can imagine how nice the scallops are with the watermelon.

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  9. 5 Star Foodieposted August 12, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Those scallops look perfectly cooked and sound just wonderful atop a watermelon!

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  10. Saraposted August 12, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Wow. What a beautiful presentation. I am sure this must taste amazing, the watermelon would compliment the scallops perfectly. I love it! I am totally making this.

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  11. Angie's Recipesposted August 12, 2010 at 4:42 am

    ohlala…the scallop looks so succulent and perfectly seared!~ What a salivating creation!

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  12. alisonposted August 12, 2010 at 5:11 am

    amazing dish!

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  13. Emilyposted August 12, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I feel as if I can taste the dish by looking at your zoom in photo of the juicy and plump scallop cushioned on the watermelon. It definitely looks yummy and and two thumbs up for the gorgeous presentation of the dish. :D

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  14. Eileenposted August 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I wish I liked scallops! This dish is beautiful. Isn't nice to be able to think outside the box?

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  15. Rosa's Yummy Yumsposted August 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    A wonderful recipe! Those seared scallops look irresistible.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  16. Birenposted August 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Lovely presentation! Scallops and watermelon sound really good.

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  17. Cajun Chef Ryanposted August 12, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    That is a pan of perfectly seared scallops! And the presentation is delightful, perfect summer food fare!

    Bon appetit!
    =:~)

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  18. Evan @swEEtsposted August 12, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I would have never thought to incorporate watermelon in a salad.. delicious! And after looking at this I have champagne in my fridge that might have to be added to a vinaigrette soon!

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  19. Loriposted August 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Love that quote!
    Love these scallops.
    Reminds me a lot of the TUT messages I receive.

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  20. Maryposted August 12, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I adore scallops and yours look as near perfect as can be. This is a great recipe. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

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  21. lauraposted August 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I adore scallops, Sommer, and this looks so perfect. Brian does not like them, so I usually reserve my scallop appetite for restaurants, but this makes me want to go out and buy all the scallops I can find and make them just for me. The flavors sound amazing.

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  22. Tiffanyposted August 12, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    What a great idea, I LOVE it! This is the second recipe I've seen that has called for champagne vinaigrette, I must find some!

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  23. Emily Malloyposted August 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Oh, hey, hey, hey.. En Vogue

    Love the dish :-)

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  24. Samantha @ The Savvy Soybeanposted August 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    This looks absolutely unbelievable!! I do eat scallops, and this one is huge! Definitely bookmarking this recipe- thanks =)

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  25. Torviewtorontoposted August 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    colourful meal

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  26. Jennifurlaposted August 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    How wonderful, I had this at a fancy pants restaurant for an app – LOVE it

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  27. Stellaposted August 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Yum Sommer! This is true summer food. No cooking except for a quick sear and a cold salad with refreshing, hydrating watermelon. I like it! By the way, I'm going to send out your last post to all the people I know who want to open a restaurant but are too scared. Yeah!

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  28. Nirmalaposted August 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I love watermelon in salads, and just everything, really! With scallops, yummy.

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  29. Marisaposted August 12, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Very nice dish! The presentation is so pretty and you sound so inspired. P.S. I love the word "yumazing" :)

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  30. baking.serendipityposted August 13, 2010 at 3:06 am

    What a great idea! I get caught in ruts sometimes too, and looking back, always am surprised at what simple little things drag me out of it.

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  31. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted August 13, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Wow! I have been in a mental rut lately and this just blows it wide open!!

    Fantastic, though essentially simple combination. Love the colours, the flavours and LOVE that you used champagne vinegar for the dressing!

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  32. Reeniposted August 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    This is gorgeous! So light and summery. I love your twist with the watermelon! Now I need to get out my rut…I'm totally inspired!

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  33. Victoria K.posted August 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous scallop dish! Perfect for summer, love the twist :)

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  34. Wheels and Lollipopsposted August 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Beautiful ! Can you send one over ? I love watermelon in salads though never thought about pairing it with scallops – thanks for the idea

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  35. The Mom Chefposted August 13, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Wow, that's gorgeous. I love the vinaigrette especially. Well, and the scallop. Um, and that watermelon. :)

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  36. sensiblecookingposted August 13, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Your wheels were turned into right direction. The dish looks yummily amazing. Salad so refreshing with mint and melon. I wish I was digging one of those right now.

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  37. Chef Dennisposted August 13, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    this is certainly a wow!! those scallops look incredible, such a great crust on them with all those wonderful spices!! And then on top of a watermelon round, what a perfect combination…the coolness of the watermelon against the spicy scallop!!! just amazing!

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  38. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yumposted August 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    What a fun idea! I actually put salt on my watermelon and it's really good, so I'm sure it's great with a "savory" meal. And I like the sparkling mint vinaigrette. Fun!

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  39. The Cilantropistposted August 14, 2010 at 3:48 am

    When I saw this title I knew I just had to check it out and you did not disappoint! I am so glad you followed your inspiration because this looks just phenomenal and so summery! I would have loved to have sat at your table and enjoyed this. :)

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  40. Cookin' Canuckposted August 14, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Gorgeous! I can tell from the photo that you cooked that scallop perfectly.

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  41. Sophieposted August 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I so love freshly cooked scallops & I surely looovvvveeee this tasty & well flavoured dish!!

    The combo of the scallops, mint & watermelon is fantastic!!

    MMMMMMMMMMM,…kisses from Brussels!

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  42. julieposted August 14, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Sommer, if you don't get a new post up soon, I'm going to claw through my screen trying to eat this! Every time I stop by it tempts me to eat it. It's just so beautiful!

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  43. Devakiposted August 15, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Sommer Dear – Those scallops are perfectly seared and the sauce is incredible. What a combination with the watermelon!!! WOW!

    Devaki@weavethousandflavors

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  44. Foodessaposted August 15, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Sommer…If ever my favourite scallops would have been served on watermelon that I usually devour quite nicely on it's own…It would certainly bring me a very unexpected element of surprise.
    I just may try it since you made me curious ;o)

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  45. Magic of Spiceposted August 15, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Absolutely wonderful…The presentation, the flavors, the sear and photos…Spectacular!

    Reply

  46. sweetlifeposted August 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    i love this, new va va boom, always great to mix it up a bit..and your watermelon disks paired with seafood, perfect..I think watermelon gets put off to the side sometimes, great idea

    sweetlife

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  47. Joudie's Mood Foodposted August 16, 2010 at 11:13 am

    This dish looks amazing. The scallops are wonderful. I also love your vinaigrette idea. Perfect for summer….

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  48. Table Talkposted August 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Beautiful color on your scallops! So light and flavorful~just right for warm summer nights.

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  49. Wendy@The Omnivorous Bearposted August 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I wish we could get decent watermelons here in the UK – they are never as sweet as you will have them. That is a lovely idea, though!

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  50. cedarglenposted August 29, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Wow! The picture alone attracts one to this seafood salad – if that if a fair description. I cannot wait to make it. I've got everything except the mellon and I substitute a Big Fat slice of ripe tomato – although I do want to try the mellon.
    If the secret truth is known, I will eat a seared fat scollop with almost anything, to a round of mellin is an easy leap. Good presentation and truly world-class pix. Thank you.

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  51. Gaby Dalkinposted August 29, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    This is brilliant! Never would’ve thought to combine these summer favorites together but now I really want to try it! And yayyy for finding your way out of a rut in the best way possible!

    Reply

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