Low-Carb Warm Scallop Caesar Salad
This Low-Carb Warm Scallop Caesar Salad is the perfect easy recipe to start out the new year. Use Low-Carb Recipes to find more ideas like this one!
It’s the first day of a brand-new year, the time when we get to start over and change everything about our lives that we’d like to improve, and this Low-Carb Warm Scallop Caesar Salad can help you start the year out right. If you’re one of the people who’s planning to start a healthier way of eating in the new year, you’re in good company; literally millions of people will start a diet in the month of January. Even though I’m pretty committed to carb conscious eating with the South Beach Diet all year, I’ve indulged a little during the holidays, so I’ll be doing phase one myself for a few weeks. And for anyone else who’s a South Beach Dieter, this is a perfect recipe for Phase One.
This ability to do a quick diet tune-up if you need to is one of the ten reasons I love the South Beach Diet. For all my readers who might be starting South Beach, I’m challenging myself to feature lots of phase one recipes this month. And even if you’re completely uninterested in the low-glycemic way of eating, I think you’ll be amazed to see all the delicious-looking food you can eat on this diet.
This Warm Scallop Caesar Salad certainly didn’t taste like diet food. Scallops are one of my very favorite types of seafood, and once you master the trick of cooking them (cook quickly and for a very short time) they’re a fast, tasty treat. I live where fresh scallops are prohibitively expensive, so these are frozen ones from my beloved Costco, thawed in the refrigerator for a day before I cooked them.
I also used purchased Cardini’s Caesar dressing here, which means this recipe has less than five ingredients and can be classified as one of my Five Ingredient Recipes. It just doesn’t get any better than this for delicious and easy. And here’s another yummy recipe using Costco scallops. That one is also pretty low in carbs, even though there’s the tiniest bit of flour. You could skip the flour if you wanted.
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Low-Carb Warm Scallop Caesar Salad
This Low-Carb Warm Scallop Caesar Salad is the perfect easy recipe to start out the new year.
- 8 large sea scallops
- about 4 cups washed romaine lettuce
- 1-2 tsp. olive oil (depends on your pan)
- 1-2 T water (for larger pan use 2 T)
- 3 T Caesar Salad Dressing
- 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- Use a heavy pan which heats evenly. Pans that aren’t non-stick will give the best browning, and be sure to choose a pan where scallops can be cooked in a single layer.
- Heat olive oil over medium-high heat about 30 seconds, then add scallops and cook quickly, probably not more than 2 minutes per side. Don’t have the heat too high or the scallops will release moisture and won’t brown properly. (Scallops are better slightly underdone than overdone, so don’t overcook! There is a good discussion of how to cook scallops here.)
- While scallops cook, assemble lettuce on two serving plates. Place four scallops on top of lettuce on each plate.
- Turn pan to high and put water in, then scrape the bottom of the pan to get any browned bits, keeping heat high to let some of the water evaporate. After about 1 minute, turn off heat.
- Stir in salad dressing and lemon juice and let it get slightly warm in the hot pan, then pour over salad and serve. Top with fresh ground black pepper if desired.
I used my favorite Caesar dressing, Cardini’s Caesar, for this recipe.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Low-Carb Warm Scallop Caesar Salad is a good dish for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, including any phase of the South Beach Diet.
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