Grilled Scallops with Orange-Scented Quinoa

Total Time:
40 min
15 min
10 min
15 min

6 servings

  • Quinoa:
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • Kosher salt
  • Scallops:
  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • Eighteen 1 1/2-to-2-inch scallops (about 1 1/2 pounds), tough muscle removed
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 large orange)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • One 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Special equipment: Twelve 8-inch wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes to prevent scorching
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • For the quinoa: In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water, the quinoa, orange zest and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pan and cook until all the liquid has been absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes. Fluff with a fork, cover the pan and let the quinoa sit for 10 to 12 more minutes.

  • For the scallops: Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Spray with cooking spray. Thread 3 scallops onto a skewer. Thread another skewer (alongside the first) through the scallops about 1/2-inch apart to make flipping the skewers easier. Repeat with the remaining scallops and skewers to make 6 skewers in total. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Grill until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

  • For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until smooth.

  • Place the quinoa in a large serving bowl. Add the dressing, beans and parsley. Toss until coated. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange the grilled scallops on top and serve.

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