Scallops With Watercress Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 strips bacon

2 bunches watercress, thick stems trimmed

2 Kirby cucumbers, cut into spears

1 bunch radishes, quartered

1/3 cup instant flour (such as Wondra)

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/3 pounds large sea scallops (about 16)

Juice of 1 lemon

1/3 cup chopped fresh chives

4 thick slices rustic bread, toasted


  1. Cook the bacon in a medium nonstick skillet until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain; reserve the skillet.
  2. Divide the watercress, cucumbers and radishes among plates.
  3. Season the flour with salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings from the skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat over medium heat. Working in batches, toss the scallops in the flour and cook until golden on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Turn and cook until golden on the other side, about 2 more minutes (add 1 tablespoon oil, if necessary).
  4. Arrange the scallops over the salads. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and the lemon juice to the skillet, then remove from the heat and add 1 to 2 tablespoons water, swirling the pan to release the browned bits. Crumble the bacon and add to the skillet along with the chives, and salt and pepper to taste; swirl to combine, then pour over the salads. Serve with the bread.
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