Calamari Salad

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Calamari Salad

Italian for “squid,” calamari is an oft-forgotten ingredient that actually enjoys a long tradition in Mediterranean cultures as well as here in New England.

Total Time: 10
Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons kosher or sea salt, plus extra to taste
  • 2 pounds cleaned squid, tubes cut into 1/4-inch rings, tentacles coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 3-4 large cloves)
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed minced fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 handful black olives, pitted, roughly chopped (optional)
  • Salad greens and/or tomatoes


In a large saucepan, bring 1 gallon water and 2 tablespoons salt to a rolling boil. Have a colander ready in the sink.
Add squid to boiling water and cook, stirring continuously, just until it turns opaque, about 1 minute (overcooked squid turns tough). Drain immediately.
In a large, nonreactive bowl, whisk remaining ingredients together. Add squid and toss well to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. (Salad will keep 2-3 days.)
Serve squid on a pile of salad greens or sliced tomatoes.

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