Avocado-Kiwi Salsa with Scallops and Quinoa

scallops with kiwi salsa

Like the tuna tartare that I posted the other day, this is a recipe that is very simple to make and requires little more than chopping the ingredients. I really like the unexpected use of kiwi in the salsa – it lends a nice but unexpected citrus flavor to the dish. It also pairs with the jalapeno surprisingly well.

I served the salsa with bay scallops over quinoa. It doesn’t seem like scallops and kiwi would go together, but the butteryness of the scallops made the dish seem very rich and paired well with the cool, tangy salsa. If you don’t want shellfish though, I think this would pair well with almost anything – grilled chicken breast marinated in lime juice or a piece of flank steak would be fantastic.

In order to get a good sear on your scallops, you need them to be very dry – not packed in a brine and then dried even more with some paper towels before you cook them. The scallops I used here were frozen, so a good sear wasn’t a possibility. In order to get a little bit of color on them, I dried them the best I could and dusted them with flour before frying them I a little oil. It wasn’t perfect, but it did give me a little bit of delicious browned flour flavor.

kiwi salsa

Avocado-Kiwi Salsa
Adapted from the Flat Belly Diet Cookbook

  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 kiwi, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, diced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Gently combine all ingredients.


  1. wow are you a trained chef this is awesome can i feature it on a blog I write for an Alaskan seafood company? rebecca

  2. you had me at quinoa!
    FYI, I have plans for your pizza peppers, but i think im gonna stuff mine with grilled zucchini, sauce, sausages, and cheese… becuase that is ONE HELLUVAN idea

  3. This salad is a must try for me. I love avocados and kiwi. Perfect for a good labor day grillin’ and chillin’. 8-D

  4. wow so many great foods in a row – I need some of your inspiration – this salad is NICE!

  5. Never tried quinoa. Great picture and combination of the ingredients.

  6. What a unique salsa! I bet it was really good with the scallops and quinoa. It’s a beautiful dish.

  7. What a beautiful salsa! Love the addition of kiwi. I need to spend more time looking through your site and picking out new recipes to try- everything you make looks amazing.

  8. The colors in your salsa are electrifying. I can image how good this must have tasted with your scallops. I’ve never used kiwi in a salsa. I’ll have to give it a try.

  9. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    Kiwi is a great addition to the salsa, so perfect over scallops & quinoa! I’ve been cooking with dragonfruit today and wondering what other fruit is it most similar to and I think it’s actually kiwi which is interesting as I’ve paired my dragonfruit with avocado & shellfish too (will post next week).

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