Warm Calamari Salad

  • 1 1/2 lbs cleaned squid
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved lengthwise
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced (cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices)
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, plus more to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta (optional)

  • Rinse all the squid under running water and pat dry.
  • Cut the tentacle bunches in half, and cut the bodies into 1/4 to 1/3-inch wide rings; cut the wings from the bodies.
  • Fill a 5 or 6 quart pot full of water, add a couple teaspoons of salt, and bring it to a boil.
  • Prepare a bowl of ice water. Cook all the prepared squid pieces in the boiling water until just opaque, a brief 40 to 60 seconds, then remove from pot and immediately plunge into the ice water to halt the cooking.
  • When squid has cooled, transfer to a colander, let drain, and pat dry; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper; add in onion, stir, and let the dressing stand for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked squid, olives, tomatoes, celery, parsley, basil, and feta (if using), then toss with the dressing.
  • Let salad stand, tossing occasionally, for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavours to develop.
Note:: Although good eaten right after preparation, it's even better if you chill it for 8 hours, tossing occasionally - then bring it to room temperature before serving (about 1 hour); also, some people prefer the onion to be sautéed lightly before adding it to the salad. Makes 4 main course servings, 8 side dish servings