Get special offers, recipes, health news, PLUS our FREE seafood cooking guide!
Got it, thanks! Click here for your FREE seafood cooking guide & recipes e-booklet.

In the Kitchen with Vital Choice

Recipes • Seafood How-To Videos • Recipe Videos • Storage & Cooking Tips

Chef Recipe Videos

Seared Scallops with Pomegranate-Cucumber Salad
A quick salad offering delightful contrasts of texture and color

Scallops on top of a Pomegranate-Cucumber Salad

This delightful salad delivers a wonderful contrast between the lusciousness of scallops and the crunch of cucumber and pomegranate seeds.

If you don’t have time to find fresh pomegranate seeds (don’t use dried seeds), either online or in a store, you can substitute pine nuts or crumbled walnuts.

Seared Sea Scallops with Pomegranate-Cucumber Salad
By Chef Patrick Hoogerhyde; courtesy of Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Prep time 20 minutes; Cook time 5 minutes
Serves 4


Dill-Cucumber Dressing

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/3 finely diced seedless cucumber
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch dry mustard
  • Kosher salt and Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Pomegranate and Cucumber Salad

  • 8 cups (about 6 oz.) seasonal/spring salad greens
  • 1 cup (about 3/4 to 1 oz.) fresh mint leaves
  • 1 medium seedless cucumber half, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 small red onion half, thinly sliced
  • 2 oz. pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, or crumbled walnuts




Dill Cucumber Dressing
Whisk together all dressing ingredients until blended. Cover and refrigerate, if needed, until serving.

Pomegrante and Cucumber Salad
Mix together salad greens and mint. Divide and portion salad mix among 4 dinner plates, then drizzle on dressing. Garnish each salad with one-fourth of the cucumbers, onions and pomegranate seeds.

Heat olive oil in large pan over medium heat. Pat scallops dry with paper towels; discard towels. Season scallops with salt. Sear scallops, about 2 minutes per side, just until opaque throughout. Place 3 to 4 scallops around each salad.

Check out these customer favorites