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This fantastic salad is richly flavored and perfect for a special occasion. Featuring a mixture of delectable seafood as well as homemade parmesan crisps and a bell pepper couscous base, this is a feast for the eyes and is certain to impress any dinner guests. If you want to simplify the recipe a bit, cutting the ingredients list and preparation time in half, then you can leave out the bell pepper couscous, and also do not bother with the parmesan crisps, since they are mainly just for garnish and presentation anyway.

Instead, cook the seafood and marinate it, then serve on a bed of salad leaves. This idea is perhaps better if you want to make something special for your family rather than something for dinner guests offering the wow factor. This makes a gourmet lunch or a light dinner, and is much easier to put together than you might assume.

The combination of scallops, squid, shrimp and mussels is delicious, but if you are unable to get one of those items or there is something you cannot eat or do not like, simply leave it out. As long as the amount of seafood is more or less the same, you can use anything you like to make this marinated seafood salad.

How to Make Marinated Seafood Salad
Summary: Enjoy this seafood medley salad which is made with scallops, squid, shrimp, and mussels, along with parsley, lemon and other aromatics. Serve it on a bed of buttered couscous.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 1 cup scallops
  • 3 oz squid
  • 3 oz medium or large shrimp
  • 1 cup fresh mussels
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1 minced large garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon very finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon very finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cups couscous
  • 1 chopped red onion
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish
  1. Bring a pot of water to the boil.
  2. Cook the seafood for 2 minutes then drain.
  3. If you like, you can sauté the scallops instead, to give them some color.
  4. Shell the shrimp but leave the tails on, and remove the top half of the mussel shells.
  5. Toss the cooked seafood with the lemon juice, garlic, parsley, red onion, chives, extra-virgin olive oil, and chili powder if using.
  6. Season with salt and black pepper.
  7. Refrigerate in a covered container for 1 hour.
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  9. Put the couscous in a measuring cup with the bell pepper, butter and a little salt and black pepper.
  10. You will not need salt if you are using salted butter.
  11. Pour in enough boiling water to cover the couscous and then pour another inch.
  12. Cover with a saucer and leave for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork and allow to cool.
  13. Drain off any remaining liquid.
  14. Pile a tablespoon of parmesan on a silicone baking sheet (or a parchment-lined metal one) and pat down.
  15. A silicone baking sheet usually gives the best results.
  16. Repeat, spacing the cheese piles ½ inch apart.
  17. Bake for 4 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
  18. Let them cool.
  19. Divide the couscous between 6 serving plates and top with the seafood mixture.
  20. Garnish with parsley sprigs and parmesan crisps.

Photo Description:

This is a really impressive-looking dish, as you can see from the picture. The scallops, shrimp, mussels, and squid look really flavorful, and marinating them guarantees they will be, and the garnish looks inspiring too. You can see the parmesan crisp in the background and this is a fantastic garnish. You only need parmesan cheese to make them and nothing more! Although the shrimp in the picture has its head and tail left on, it might be better to remove these. Leaving them on is mainly for presentation but many people think removing them makes the dish look more approachable.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, my name is Christine. I am happy you are visiting today. Food is very important to everyone, and in this family we love to eat all kinds of dishes from meat and chicken to international cuisine, crockpot creations and more. Seafood is something we also love, and I love the fact it is nutritious as well as very tasty.

Everyone knows 'the big three' which are cod, tuna and salmon, but sometimes it is fun to try different types of fish, such as perch, trout, monkfish, or even shellfish like mussels or clams. There are seafood recipes for every season and occasion, those served chilled for a refreshing burst of flavor, and those served hot in stew or soup form.

Choose from crispy fried fish, tender pan-fried or poached cuts, or what about a seafood medley boasting the most wonderful flavors of the sea, lake or river? Seafood can be served as part of a salad or savory dish, or it can be served as an appetizer or snack. Bacon-wrapped scallops, anyone? You will find a comprehensive collection of wonderful seafood recipes right here, for your inspiration and enjoyment.

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