Bow-Tie Salad With Scallops, Black Olives, Oranges, and Mint

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

Here's a unique and refreshing pasta salad from Food and Wine with flavors reminiscent of Morocco and Southern Italy, where oranges and black olives are often paired. Wine: A white or rosé wine from Provence or the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France makes sense with this; either will pair well with the mint and the salty olive tastes of the dish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the bow ties until just done, about 15 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain thoroughly.
  2. Meanwhile, season the scallops with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper.
  3. In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderately high heat. Sear the scallops, in two batches if necessary, until brown and just done, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Let cool.
  4. Using a stainless-steel knife, peel the oranges down to the flesh, removing all of the white pith. Cut the sections away from the membranes and put them in a large glass or stainless-steel bowl. Squeeze the juice from the membranes into the bowl. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons oil, the lemon juice, olives, onion, mint, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Stir to combine.
  5. Add the pasta and scallops and stir again.
Most Helpful

PAC Spring 2007. What a lovely and unusual combination of flavors. FDH surprised me and really enjoyed this! The baby liked the oranges and pasta. I used bay scallops, but other than that I followed the recipe. Nice cold the next day.

dicentra April 30, 2007

We really enjoyed this. I love scallops, oranges, olives and red onion togehter so with the scallops, it was great. Thanks, we will definitely make this again.

susie cooks June 21, 2006