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Squid or calamari? Are they one and the same? Or are they different? If you google this, you will come up with conflicting answers but the most common answer is that calamari is simply the name of the dish you make using squid. This explanation sounds plausible enough so I decided not to do a lot of digging. Anyways, all that is not important… what is important is that this calamari salad is absolutely delicious!
Regarding cooking squid, I have been cooking it for quite some time now. I have sautéed it with spices as well as fried it. However, it was only recently that I tried it in a salad! I decided to use typical mediterranean salad ingredients like cucumbers, olives and artichokes, and then on a whim I decided to liven it up with a spicy mint cilantro ginger dressing! Yes, fresh ginger gives the dressing gives that spicy punch!
I cannot tell you enough about how amazing this calamari salad is! It is light and refreshing and absolutely sensational. And since it can be made in advance, this dish will be great when you are entertaining.
- ½ lb of squid tubes, cut crosswise into ⅓ inch rings
- 1 medium size cucumber, chopped or cut into ¼ inch rounds
- 1 celery stalk, sliced thinly
- ¼ of a medium size red onion, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup kalamata olives (pitted), chopped
- ¼ cup green olives (pitted), chopped
- ½ cup canned artichokes, chopped
- ½ of a ripe avocado, chopped
- ¼ cup pickled cucumbers, chopped
- Sea salt as needed
- 8-10 fresh mint leaves
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
- ½ inch by ½ inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Add 2 cups water to a medium size saucepan and place on heat. When the water starts to boil, drop the squid pieces in it and cook for 1 minute or so until the squid change color to a deeper white. Turn heat off and drain the squid using a strainer. Transfer the squid to a large mixing bowl. Add all the rest of the salad ingredients to the bowl. Sprinkle a little bit of sea salt over this salad mixture.
- To make the dressing, add all the dressing ingredients into a small food processor jar and blend until you get a smooth dressing.
- Add the dressing to the salad 10-15 mins before serving the salad. Or you can add the dressing and keep it in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before serving as a chilled salad.