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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Potato & Calamari Salad

There are so many versions of potato salad. And most are the mayonnaise drenched, rich kind that accompany fried chicken at a picnic or German sausages.

Well, not this one. This potato salad is colorful, healthy, light (well, by light I guess I mean in comparison to other potato salads), fresh, and full of veggies.  There is the crunch of the vegetables, the tender chewiness of the squid, the freshness of the lemon juice.... it is just so delicious.

So, try this salad. Not as an accompaniment to other picnic favorites, but on its own as a lunch or light dinner or a starter before other great dishes!

Potato & Calamari Salad
Serves 2 generously as main dish

3 Large Potatoes
1 Shallot, chopped
2 Small English Cucumbers
1 Large Tomato
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 sprigs Fresh Rosemary, destemmed and chopped
500 grams Squid, cut into rings
Juice of 1/2 Lemon

2 tbsp + 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and pepper

Peel the potatoes and boil or steam until fork tender. Cut into large chunks and place in a bowl, along with the chopped shallot, cucumber and tomato. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

In a large sautee pan over medium heat, add 2 tbsp olive oil. Add the garlic, chopped rosemary and squid and cook for about 1-2 minutes, until squid just turns opaque. Squeeze in the lemon juice. Pour the entire mixture into the bowl with the potatoes and vegetables. Toss. Drizzle with about 2 tbsp of olive oil and season to taste. Enjoy warm or cold.


  1. Wow! This is a very appealing potato salad. I don't like mayo on my salad. This one sounds great with calamari!

  2. I would never have thought to put calamari in potato salad. Your ingredients seem like a great combination of flavors and textures.

  3. I love calamari, but for some reason never though to combine it with potato. Looks great.

  4. puerto ricanp: calamari cook potatoes as recipe requires at top of page add green olives with pimentos 12, jalepeno pepper 1, avacado diced 1 or 2 fresh crushed garlic whole clove, cilantro one bunch finely chopped, approx 3 limes juiced mix well and chill for 1 hour delicious