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"A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch." - James Beard


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Calamari Salad

Here's another light summer salad that keeps the house cool but is super tasty.

If you've never bought fresh squid you should try it! You can usually get it cleaned and ready to cook, but if you buy it whole you'll need to follow these instructions to clean it first.

These were cleaned. Instead of cutting it into rings I cut the bodies almost all the way through but left them intact on one side so they'd be easier to grill.

Just before grilling I tossed them with a tablespoon of Asian chili garlic sauce and a little oil.  Grill the tentacles too!

These take almost no time at all to grill, about a minute per side, so get your salad ready ahead of time.

I made a lemon vinaigrette for the salad.  Just fresh lemon juice, dijon mustard and olive oil with a bit of salt and pepper.

I dressed the salad and topped it with the grilled calamari after chopping through to separate the rings.

I also added some shallots I'd crisped in some oil on the stovetop, but that's optional.

A delicious, light salad. Something simple and different for a nice lunch or summer evening.  

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