This time of year can be a weird time of year for me food-wise. We’re definitely well past the time for heavy comfort foods, but much of the “traditional” cookout style fare such as burgers, hot dogs, etc. doesn’t appeal to me either. I need fresh, interesting, (mostly) healthy and still satisfying. Finding meals to fit all of these requirements is certainly no easy task and to be perfectly honest, has left me feeling very uninspired lately.
Thankfully inspiration struck and hit this one out of the park over the weekend. This salad consists of massaged sturdy greens (kale or chard) and frisée tossed with a habanero garlic citrus dressing, mango, red onion, queso fresco, and seared scallops on top. It is healthy, fresh, satisfying and most certainly not boring. The dressing definitely has some heat to it, so be mindful of that when adding it to the greens. I have a medium-high spice tolerance and I loved this dressing. It has a nice kick without obscuring all of the other flavors in the dish. This is definitely simple enough to be suitable for a weeknight but simultaneously impressive enough to be equally welcome on the table while entertaining guests. It will certainly be a go-to option for me whenever I come across good quality fresh scallops.