Spicy Scallops with Watermelon Salsa

4 people
Prep Time:
00h 05
Cook Time:
00h 15

Opposites do attract. Find out what happens when sea scallops, spicy with cayenne, meet a cool and limed-up watermelon salsa.

Credit: This inspiring recipe is brought to you by Deb Wise. You can view this recipe on the Cooking Light website. 

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Ingredients and Method


  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/4 pounds sea scallops
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups watermelon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions


  1. Combine mustard, coriander, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel; sprinkle with spice mixture.
  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil to skillet; swirl to coat. Add scallops; cook to desired degree of doneness, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  3. Toss together watermelon, onion, 2 tablespoons mint, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 teaspoons olive oil, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Combine quinoa, pine nuts, scallions, remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, remaining 2 tablespoons mint, and remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice. Serve scallops over quinoa mixture; top with salsa.
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