Sweet sea scallops, tossed with a delicate salad of chopped herbs, celery, and fennel, are brightened by the acidity of white wine. Choose a light, aromatic Muscadet, a dry Pinot Grigio or Alsatian Riesling, or a sparkling Prosecco. Serve as an appetizer or light lunch, with a glass of the same wine alongside.



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  • Bring wine, a pinch of salt, bay leaf, celery, and fennel to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce to a simmer; cook until vegetables are just tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a medium bowl; discard bay leaf. Set aside. Add scallops to pan; simmer until just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer scallops to bowl of vegetables; refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup poaching liquid in a small bowl. Refrigerate until cold, about 20 minutes.

  • Stir lemon juice into poaching liquid. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified. Slice scallops in half horizontally; toss with dressing and vegetables. Season with salt and pepper. Toss herbs, celery leaves, and fennel fronds in a small bowl, then divide among 4 serving plates. Top each with scallops and vegetables, dividing evenly. Drizzle with oil and dressing from bowl. Garnish each salad with a lemon wedge.

Cook's Notes

The scallops and vegetables can be poached and refrigerated up to one day ahead. Avoid using an oaky Chardonnay, which may add bitterness.

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Delicious and light. Had this with guests while eating outside during the summer. I added julienned carrot and zucchini to bump up the color and veg also.