Grilled Scallops With Orange-Scented Quinoa Recipe

A light yet satisfying dish with pops of citrus flavour.


1 1⁄2 cups quinoa
Grated zest of 1 large orange
1 tsp kosher salt

1 1⁄2 pounds (16-20) 1 1/2″ -2″ scallops
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp kosher salt
1⁄2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1⁄4 cup fresh orange juice (from about 1 large orange)
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
1 tsp kosher salt
1⁄2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1⁄3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Special Equipment:
12 8″ wooden skewers, soaked in water for 
30 minutes to prevent scorching.


For The Quinoa:
Step 1: In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water and the quinoa, orange zest and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat so that the mixture simmers.

Step 2: Cover the pan and cook until all the liquid has been absorbed, 10-12 minutes. Fluff with a fork, cover the pan and let the quinoa sit for 10-12 minutes.

For The Scallops:
Step 1: Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill.

Step 2: Thread 3 scallops onto a skewer. Thread another skewer (alongside the first) through the scallops about 1?2″ apart to make flipping the skewers easier. Repeat with the remaining scallops and skewers to make 6 skewers in total.

Step 3: Drizzle with the olive oil and season with the salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through, 2-3 minutes per side.

For the dressing:
Step 1: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice, salt and pepper until smooth.

Step 2: Put the quinoa into a large serving bowl. Add the dressing, chickpeas and parsley. Toss until coated.

Step 3: Arrange the grilled scallops on top and serve.

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Reprinted from Giada’s Feel Good Food Copyright 2013 by Giada De Laurentiis. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.