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Wild Mushroom and Scallop Salad

Wild mushrooms, seared scallops, and portobellos -- large, meaty mushrooms with a strong, earthy flavor -- combine in this light but satisfying meal.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 1994


  • 16 sea scallops, muscle removed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, stems removed, cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 bunch arugula
  • 1 bunch watercress


  1. Rinse and dry scallops. Heat oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops and sear until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.

  2. Add portobellos; cook over high heat until they start to soften, about 2 minutes. Add shiitakes, thyme leaves, garlic, and shallots; cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and cover. Cook until mushrooms begin to release their juices and are soft, 3 to 5 minutes more.

  3. Add wine and soy sauce, reduce heat to medium low, and cook until liquid is reduced to a glaze.

  4. Return scallops to skillet and toss to coat well with glaze. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Arrange arugula and watercress on 4 plates; spoon scallops and mushrooms over greens and garnish each serving with a sprig of thyme.

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