Scallop Crudo with Avocado, Grapefruit, and Lime Vinaigrette

Scallop Crudo with Avocado, Grapefruit, and Lime Vinaigrette
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About This Recipe

I've always been passionate about creating recipes that showcase the exceptional local ingredients and complement our world-renowned wines. That's how I came up with this delightful Scallop Crudo with Avocado, Grapefruit, and Lime Vinaigrette recipe. Inspired by the coastal seafood and vibrant citrus fruits abundant in Northern California, this dish is a tribute to the region's culinary traditions.

When developing this recipe, I thought about the flavors and textures that would play well together, creating a harmonious balance. The sweet, tender scallops and creamy avocado are enhanced by the tangy grapefruit and lime vinaigrette, resulting in a refreshing and light dish perfect for warm Napa Valley evenings.

For a perfect Napa wine country experience, I recommend pairing this Scallop Crudo with a crisp, fruity Sauvignon Blanc from a local Napa winery, such as Duckhorn Vineyards or Grgich Hills Estate. The natural acidity of the wine complements the citrus elements in the dish, while its bright fruit notes accentuate the scallops' natural sweetness.

When it comes to side dishes, consider a simple mixed greens salad with a light citrus dressing to echo the flavors of the main course. If you're in the mood for something a bit heartier, try a farro salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh basil, dressed with a lemony vinaigrette. For dessert, a lemon or grapefruit sorbet would make a delightful and refreshing end to the meal.

Sourcing fresh, local ingredients is essential to creating an authentic Napa Valley dish. Visit your local farmer's market to find the freshest scallops, avocados, and citrus fruits. As a Napa Valley local, I enjoy frequenting markets like the St. Helena Farmers Market and the Napa Farmers Market for the best seasonal produce.

Napa Valley is not only about the wine but also the stunning landscapes, warm weather, and friendly community. While visiting, don't miss the opportunity to explore the many wineries and local businesses that make this region so special. Take a bike ride through the vineyards or hike in the beautiful Skyline Wilderness Park to truly appreciate the natural beauty of Napa Valley.

Incorporating wine tasting notes and reviews into your culinary adventures will help you develop a deeper appreciation for the flavors and aromas that make our region's wines so unique. As you savor each bite of this Scallop Crudo, try to identify the various flavor notes and textures, just as a sommelier would with a fine wine.

I hope this recipe brings a taste of Napa Valley into your home and inspires you to explore the many flavors of our beautiful wine country. Happy cooking, and cheers to your Napa Valley-inspired culinary adventures!

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Scallops

Sea Scallops: The Star of the Ocean

Sea scallops are truly the gems of the ocean. With a delicate texture and a natural sweet taste, they are a favorite among seafood lovers worldwide. These bivalves are not only delightful in flavor but also packed with nutritional benefits. Rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, sea scallops offer both taste and health benefits.

Their versatility in the culinary world is commendable. While this recipe showcases them in a crudo form, they can be pan-seared, grilled, or even baked. When sourcing scallops, it's essential to opt for fresh, wild-caught varieties to ensure optimal flavor and sustainability. When prepared correctly, the taste of a fresh sea scallop is incomparable, melting in your mouth and leaving a lingering sweetness that pairs exceptionally well with acidic and fruity notes, like the grapefruit and lime vinaigrette in our Scallop Crudo.

How To Segment a Grapefruit

Segmenting Grapefruit: A Step-by-Step Guide

Segmenting a grapefruit might sound tricky, but with a little patience, it can be quite easy and rewarding. Properly segmented grapefruit pieces enhance the presentation and make consumption smoother, eliminating the tough membranes.

  1. Step One: Using a sharp knife, slice off the top and bottom of the grapefruit, ensuring you've cut away all the peel and pith.
  2. Step Two: Place the grapefruit on one of its flat ends. With the knife, follow the natural curve of the fruit, cutting away the skin and pith, working your way around the grapefruit.
  3. Step Three: Holding the grapefruit over a bowl (to catch any juice), slide the knife along one side of a segment, cutting down to the center, and then do the same on the adjacent side. The segment should easily detach.
  4. Step Four: Continue this process with all segments. Squeeze any remaining juice from the membrane into the bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I use a different type of citrus if I don't have grapefruit? Absolutely! Oranges or blood oranges can be a fantastic alternative, offering a different sweet and tangy profile.
  2. How do I store leftovers? Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a day. Due to the freshness of the scallops, it's recommended to consume the dish soon after preparation.
  3. Are there any substitutes for sea scallops? While sea scallops are unique in flavor and texture, in a pinch, you could use thinly sliced sushi-grade fish like tuna or salmon.
  4. I have a nut allergy. Is this recipe safe? This recipe doesn't contain nuts. However, always ensure that your ingredients haven't been cross-contaminated with nuts during processing or handling.
  5. Can I use regular greens instead of microgreens or baby arugula? Yes, you can. Regular arugula or even baby spinach can be used as alternatives, but the delicate nature of microgreens pairs best with the tender scallops.

Ensure Your Scallop Crudo Is a Success

  1. Always use fresh scallops: The freshness of the scallops makes a significant difference in the taste and texture of the dish. It's essential to source the freshest scallops available, preferably from a reputable seafood market.
  2. Balance is key: The harmony of flavors in this dish comes from the balance of sweet scallops, creamy avocado, tangy grapefruit, and zesty lime vinaigrette. Ensure each element shines without overpowering the others.
  3. Presentation matters: As a dish that thrives on its visual appeal, take your time in arranging the ingredients. The vibrant colors and varied textures should be displayed in a way that's as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.

Dive into this sumptuous dish with the confidence that you're presenting a true tribute to the coastal flavors of Northern California, enhanced by these insightful tips and knowledge. Enjoy your culinary journey!

Recipe Overview

Scallop Crudo with Avocado, Grapefruit, and Lime Vinaigrette
Lily Anderson
4 servings
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Ingredients List


  • 8 large, fresh sea scallops, thinly sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 large grapefruit, segmented
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • Microgreens or baby arugula, for garnish

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. On a large platter or individual plates, arrange the thinly sliced scallops, avocado, and grapefruit segments in a visually pleasing manner.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, honey, and minced shallot. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Drizzle the lime vinaigrette over the scallop, avocado, and grapefruit arrangement.
  4. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and microgreens or baby arugula.
  5. Serve immediately, allowing guests to enjoy the bright, fresh flavors of this Napa-inspired dish.

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