Creamy Seafood Salad with Shrimp and Scallops


3 stalks celery (1 quartered, 2 thinly sliced)
3 small cloves garlic (2 smashed, 1 chopped)
Juice of 1 lemon
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
8 ounces baby carrots, halved lengthwise
3/4 pound small shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 pound sea scallops, halved horizontally
1 small avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
2 romaine lettuce hearts, torn
1 tablespoon capers, plus 1 tablespoon brine from the jar
2 cups croutons
1 tablespoon light mayonnaise


Combine the quartered celery, smashed garlic, half of the lemon juice, 10 cups water, and salt and pepper to taste in a largesaucepan. Cover and bring to a boil, then uncover, add the carrots and cook 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until opaque, about 4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the carrots and shrimp to acolander and rinse under cold water. 

Return the water to a boil, add the scallops and cook until opaque, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the scallops with a slotted spoon, add to the colander and rinse under cold water.

Ladle out 1/3 cup of the poaching liquid; set aside to cool. Dice half of the avocado and combine with the sliced celery, lettuce, capers and croutons in a large bowl. Add the carrots, shrimp and scallops.

Puree the remaining avocado half in a blender with the reserved poaching liquid, the remaining lemon juice, the caper brine, chopped garlic, mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Toss with the salad and season with salt and pepper.

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