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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. Use Low-Carb Recipes to find more ideas like this one!

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Low-Carb Warm Scallop Caesar Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

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.

Low-Carb Warm Scallop Caesar Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

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.

More Low-Carb/Phase One Recipes:

Wake Up Your Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad
American Greek Salad
Curried Chicken on the Grill with Cilantro Chutney
Hamburger Kebabs
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic

Low-Carb Warm Scallop Caesar Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. While scallops cook, assemble lettuce on two serving plates. Place four scallops on top of lettuce on each plate.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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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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Low-Carb Warm Scallop Caesar Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

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22 comments on “Low-Carb Warm Scallop Caesar Salad”

  1. Pingback: 25 Buttery Delicious Scallop Recipes - Living La Vida Holoka

  2. I am starting the new year getting back on track also. I am looking forward to colleting and trying your daily recipes. Trying new recipes keeps things interesting.

    Wishing you a successful and healthy 2012!

  3. i just made these scallops to enjoy alone as i have had my fill of lettuce for the day and YUM! I am a senior in college and south beaching and must say that I really impressed my roommate with these delights! I served them with sauteed mushrooms and gingerey asparagus. I didn’t have the recipe in front of me so i mixed the caesar and water then made the pan sauce. YUM! I love your blog. it has really helped me with phase one thus far 🙂

  4. I made these and they were such a treat. Even my husband (not dieting and not a seafood lover) really enjoyed it. He wrapped his up in a sun-dried tomato and basil soft tortilla. Adapted it for the kids with leftover chicken instead of scallops. Everybody was happy. Thanks, Kayla.


  5. Tami, good luck on South Beach. I recommend reading the original South Beach book for ideas as to what can be eaten for different phases. In different cuisines like Greek, there would be some dishes that are good and others that aren’t. I’m not sure how to describe the taste of scallops, but I love them! They’re not that fishy tasting, kind of reminiscent of shrimp, but different. Shrimp would be great in this too.

  6. I’m new to South Beach 🙂 Actually today is day 1.
    i happened here by accident and i’m so glad i have.
    what do scallops taste like? i’ve never had one? i know this looks delicious and i’d eat it with shrimp mmmmmm
    how about Greek and lebanese food? can this be eaten on phase one?

  7. Christine, me too, lol.

  8. Hi Kalyn, Happy New year. I’ve been looking forward to you posting a month of recipes such as Phase 1 from SB. They’re all going into my del.icio.us cookbook. Hopefully by the end of the month I’ll have lost the few pounds I packed on since Thanksgiving!

  9. Erika and Homesick Texan, go for it! Keep me posted on how you’re doing.

    Sandeepa, thanks for the nice wishes.

    White_Poplar and Lisa, thanks. It was so tasty. I’m crazy about scallops. My sister hates them and I can’t understand it.

    Paz, please come! We can have so much fun. (I’m not sure about the dogs though. My house is pretty small, and with all these other guests . . .)

  10. Oh, yum! What a way to start the new year. I adore scallops, and Caeser salad — so what’s not to like?!

  11. I love salads and this one looks and sounds dee-lee-cious! I’m with Elise. I’m all for the idea of hanging out at Kalyn’s for the month. May I bring my dogs? ;-))))


  12. Love the look of your salad! Beautiful!

  13. I’ve got the book and I’ve got your blog–I’m ready to go!

  14. Happy New Year Kalyn

  15. Fiber, of course fresh seafood is always better, but the frozen scallops at Costco are first rate. Thawing in the fridge (as opposed to using hot water) is important. I have a FoodSaver, so when I bring the bag home I re-seal them in packages of four or eight which probably helps keep the quality good.

  16. Well, after spending time on your site perusing recipes Kalyn, I went ahead and ordered the book. If nothing else, I hope it can help me eat a little more smartly.

  17. Yikes, I just noticed that in the instructions for the recipe I meant to type “pans that aren’t non-stick will give the best browning” and instead I typed “non-stick pans will give the best browning.” I hope no one who’s a great cook thought I was losing my mind.

    Elise, please come. You can sleep in my office.

    Tanna and Lydia, you’re both so sweet. Thanks.

    Erika, I was never one to follow a “diet” before this one either, in fact every diet I tried I didn’t stick with. If you are thinking of trying it, reading the book first is the right way to go.

  18. Mmm. That looks really good Kalyn! And I have to say, even though I’m not one to follow a “diet” per se, you really have me thinking on South Beach. I may just have to pick up the book this week and check it out.

  19. Such a light and lovely way to start the new year. Thanks, Kalyn — you are an inspiration!

  20. You do amaze me with such beautiful “diet” food. I love scallops! This is wonderful.

  21. I think we should all go an hang out at Kalyn’s house for the month, with all this heavenly, healthful food she’s cooking up. The scallops look gorgeous!

  22. I’ve seen the frozen scallops at Costco, but I’ve never been adventerous to try them. I’ll have to give them a try.

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