Drain and rinse scallops thoroughly, pat them dry with paper towels. Combine marinade ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add scallops and coat well. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes.
Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine celery, cucumbers, red onion, serrano pepper, and cilantro. Add the dressing and mix well. Cover and put in the fridge.
Heat a nonstick pan over high heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. The oil needs to be very hot before you add the scallops. Place the scallop’s flat side down in the hot pan. Don’t overcrowd the pan or you’ll lower the pan temperature, causing the scallops to be steamed rather than seared. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden and caramelized. Make sure they are caramelized before turning. Turn only once. Do not overcook or they will be rubbery. Cool briefly, about 2 minutes.
Once cool, quarter each scallop if you are using the large ones. If using bay scallops there is no need to quarter, use whole. Add to the salad and toss.
Pit, peel, dice, and add the avocado just before serving and toss gently. Serve in glasses and garnish with fresh cilantro sprigs.
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