Scallop Sandwich with Pesto and Zucchini

Scallop Sandwich with Zucchini and Chive Lavender Pesto

This sandwich was the perfect meal on Sunday afternoon this past weekend. I had spent Saturday in the North End (the Italian neighborhood in Boston) and had a tasty pasta dish when I was there, but I was a little jealous of all the seafood I saw, and particularly a few lobster rolls I walked by. I wanted to make an Italian inspired seafood sandwich the next day and this was what I came up with. The zucchini salad is inspired by something I ate on a crostini on vacation in Venice last year, with a little mayo added to satisfy my original lobster roll craving. The bread was a tasty focaccia roll I bought at an Italian Market. The scallops were super fresh and just barely kissed by the heat of the grill.

Shave the zucchini with a peeler.
As I mentioned earlier, the pesto is inspired by something I had in Italy on a little wine crawl of Venice. I added mayo because I was initially inspired by a lobster roll.
Pour the pesto onto the zucchini.  This salad would be great on its own as a side dish.
Don’t overcook the scallops.  Just a few minutes a side.
Crunchy toasted focaccia, super tender scallops, and a little chew from the zucchini gave this sandwich a perfect textural contrast.
The scallops were nice and sweet with that little hint of ocean flavor, and the zucchini had a really nice savory flavor from the chives and pistachio.  The lavender gave the whole sandwich just enough of a floral hint.
Please drink a beer with this. Mine was a session pilsner.

Scallop Sandwich with Zucchini and Chive Lavender Pesto

Grilled scallops are served on a focaccia roll and topped with shaved zucchini that is dressed with a pesto of lavender, chive, and pistachio
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 package chives like a cup of whole chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped lavender
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon Juice
  • 3 zucchini
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 scallops
  • 2 buns

Instructions

  • Mix all the pesto ingredients except the zucchini in a food processor. Don’t over process it, keep it slightly chunky. Use a peeler to make strips of the zucchini and put them in a bowl. Pour the pesto into the bowl with the zucchini and gently toss until it is all coated. Put it into the fridge until you are ready to build the sandwiches.
  • Clean the scallops and dry them. Toss them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Depending on how big they are, grill on very high heat for about 2 or 3 minutes a side to brown but just barely cook through. Throw the focaccia on there too to give it a little color.
  • Build the sandwich with the scallops first, and then top with the zucchini. My scallops were medium sized and I fit 6 on each sandwich.

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