Warm citrus salad with champagne dressing

If you have an open bottle of champagne, add a splash to a citrus dressing as James Martin does in this simple yet sophisticated recipe
By James Martin
Warm citrus salad with champagne dressing
  • Rating:
  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

  • 2 red mullet fillets
  • 6 scallops, cleaned, roe and membrane removed
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying
  • butter, for frying
  • 1 lemon, peeled and segmented, juice reserved
  • 2 oranges, peeled and segmented, juice reserved
  • 2 grapefruit, peeled and segmented, juice reserved
  • 1 splashes champagne
  • 2 small bunches lamb's lettuce, (mache)
  • 2 sprigs chervil

Method

1. Chop the red mullet into pieces a similar size to the scallops, and mix with the scallops. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat a little olive oil and butter together in a non-stick frying pan until hot. Add the seafood mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes, then turn over and switch off the heat.

3. Arrange the lemon, orange and grapefruit segments on a tray and carefully use a blowtorch to lightly char them.

4. Make a dressing by mixing the lemon, orange and grapefruit juices in a bowl. Whisk in a little champagne and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

5. To serve, arrange the citrus segments in a circular pattern on serving plates. Sit the scallop and red mullet pieces on top and scatter with the lamb's lettuce. Drizzle with the dressing and finish each plate with a sprig of chervil.

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