When it comes to preparing a meal for several people, timing is everything. If you can manage it, it’s always best to have at least one dish that you can prepare well ahead of your guests’ arrival.
Seafood Salad with Mixed Vegetables is one of those salads that will save you considerable time when it counts the most, allowing you to focus on preparing the main course. This salad can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge. It’s a simple yet delicious salad that can be prepared in as little as thirty minutes.
Since this salad contains garlic, you should crush the garlic first and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before adding to the rest of the vegetables. By crushing the garlic and letting it sit for 5-10 minutes first, you’ll enjoy the many health benefits associated with garlic.
The next step is to prepare the vegetables. Start by thoroughly rinsing them to get rid of any dirt or sand. Trim and chop the bell peppers and shallots into very fine pieces and toss them into a medium bowl. Cut the cucumber in half and scoop the seeds out, then dice into small pieces and add to the shallots and bell peppers. Slice your tomatoes in half, drain the juice, and then cut them into small cubes and add to the veggies.
In a skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter under medium heat. Add the scallops and keep them on for no more than two or three minutes per side, turning as needed. Remove scallops and cut into very small pieces, and then add to the bowl of veggies. Cut the cooked shrimp into small pieces and add to the mix, and then do the same with the cooked imitation crab meat.
In a small bowl, mix together the balsamic dressing, olive oil, and crushed garlic. Wash and pat dry the parsley and finely chop before adding to the dressing. Finally, pour the dressing over the salad. Toss thoroughly and then cover. Place in refrigerator and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
2 cloves of garlic
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 small cucumber
2 large tomatoes
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup of creamy balsamic dressing
8 ounces of sea scallops (side muscle removed)
6 ounces of peeled, cooked shrimp
8 ounces of imitation crabmeat, chopped
1 bunch of parsley