A Taste of Greater Palm Springs: Scallops with Avocado and Spicy Tomato Sauce

Greater Palm Springs is an oasis in the desert. Featuring fresh ingredients and culinary masterpieces, you won’t want to miss dining in the area.

From the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Greater Palm Springs.


1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbs finely-diced red onion
1 tbs minced seeded jalapeno
4 plum tomatoes (3 coarsely chopped, 1 halved, seeded, and finely-diced)
2 tbs hot water
3 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
Salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste
1/2 Hass avocado, peeled and finely diced
2 tbs finely-chopped cilantro
12 large sea scallops (~ 1 lb)

To make:

  1. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in 8-inch skillet until shimmering.
  2. Add 1 tbs of red onion and 1/2 tbs of minced jalapeno. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring constantly, until the onion in golden (about 4 minutes)
  3. Add the coarsely-chopped tomatoes and hot water and cook, stirring, until tomatoes are softened (~3 minutes)
  4. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth
  5. Strain the sauce through a fine sieve set over a bowl, pressing on the solids.