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Grilled Scallops with Orange-Scented Quinoa

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1 1/2 cups quinoa

Zest of 1 large orange

Kosher salt


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


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


Special equipment:
Twelve 8-inch wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes to prevent scorching
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.