Photo: Thomas J. Story; Food Styling: Robyn Valarik
YieldsServes 4 as a main-dish saladTotal Time30 mins
Serve this seafood mix on a bed of watercress or butter lettuce, or as a sandwich in toasted brioche buns or on crusty bread.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add shrimp, scallops, and calamari. Cover, remove from heat, and let steep just until shrimp are pink on the outside and opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), about 3 minutes. Drain seafood and immerse in ice water until cold; drain again.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise, lemon peel and juice, tarragon, mustard, and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper in a food processor. Whirl until smooth.

Step 3
3

Combine seafood, watercress, capers, and dressing in a large bowl. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Gently stir in avocado.

Ingredients

 1 pound peeled, deveined medium shrimp (30 to 35 per lb.)
 1/2 pound bay scallops
 1/2 pound cleaned calamari, bodies cut into 1/2-in.-wide rings and tentacles cut in half lengthwise
 1/2 cup mayonnaise
 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  About 1/2 tsp. pepper
 1/2 cup coarsely chopped watercress leaves
 1/4 cup drained capers
 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced

Directions

Step 1
1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add shrimp, scallops, and calamari. Cover, remove from heat, and let steep just until shrimp are pink on the outside and opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), about 3 minutes. Drain seafood and immerse in ice water until cold; drain again.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise, lemon peel and juice, tarragon, mustard, and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper in a food processor. Whirl until smooth.

Step 3
3

Combine seafood, watercress, capers, and dressing in a large bowl. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Gently stir in avocado.

Seafood Salad with Creamy Tarragon Dressing