Creamy collard “pasta” w/ seared scallops

Sometimes you just need some hearty pasta-like dish to fill your body and soul. I love this dish because it is primarily vegetables, leaves you feeling full and satisfied yet light afterwards, and it is easy to make!   
Scallops pair nicely with this dish, but you could also go meat free or substitute another light protein like trout or chicken.

This is a savory and delicious meal that feels indulgent although it is pristinely healthy. Perfect combo. It’s savory and full of delicious omegas and salt and vitamins and minerals.  The ingredient list and directions may appear long, but it is really quite simple. You can use one saute pan for everything. Once you spiralize and dice, you are basically just mixing or blending the ingredients together.

Serves 2


  • cucumbers, 2
  • collard greens, 2/3 bunch (~3 cups)
  • cauliflower, 1 cup
  • broth, vegetable or chicken, 3/4 cup
  • garlic, 1 small clove
  • shallot, 1
  • scallops, 2 large
  • coconut oil
  • salt. 1/4 tsp
  • pepper, 1/8 tsp
  • parsley (optional)


  • food processor
  • spiralizer


  • spiralize 2 cucumbers into noodles and set aside.
  • destem the collard greens leaving only the large leaves and coarsely cut into strips about 1 inch wide
  • finely dice the shallot and garlic
  • saute garlic and shallot in sauce pan with a dab of coconut oil over medium heat until shallots start becoming translucent, or for about 5 minutes.
  • steam cauliflower for 5 minutes
  • in food processor combine steamed cauliflower, broth, salt, pepper and 1/2 of the sauteed garlic and shallots. Blend until fully mixed and the consistency of an alfredo sauce.
  • add additional tbsp of coconut oil to pan with remaining shallots and garlic. Return to medium-high heat until oil is fully liquid and would sizzle to water.
  • place scallops in hot pan and sear  ~ 4-6 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and sear for and additional 2-5 minutes until both sides are golden brown and they are cooked through. Set scallops aside.
  • add collard greens to pan and saute for 5 minutes or until they turn a brighter color of green
  • stir cucumber noodles and cauliflower sauce into pan to warm. mix well.
  • plate cucumber noodles with greens and sauce.
  • top with scallop and parsley for garnish (optional)
  • serve and enjoy!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. grubtasticuk says:

    You know I’ve never made scallops so this has inspired me to give it a go. Also, I have a new spirilizer, so it would be rude not to! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe. x

    1. Yay! Spiralizers are the best! And I’m excited for you to cook some scallops! They are surprisingly quick to cook 🙂 enjoy dinner tonight 🙂

  2. Wow, this looks wonderful!

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you like it 🙂

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