Grilled calamari, new potatoes, asparagus, red bell pepper, olives and basil come together in this delicious main-course salad. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1995

EatingWell Test Kitchen
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat grill.

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  • Lightly score one side of each calamari body in a crosshatch pattern with the tip of a sharp knife. Brush the calamari (bodies and tentacles) with 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper.

  • Place the calamari on the grill over a medium-hot fire. Cover with a heavy object, such as a heavy skillet or a brick wrapped in foil. (Weighting the calamari ensures even cooking.) Grill for 2 minutes, flip and cook, weighted once again, until opaque, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  • Cook potatoes in boiling water just until tender when pierced with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the water with a slotted spoon and set aside. Bring the water back to a boil and blanch asparagus just until tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and rinse well in cold water. Cut diagonally into pieces about 1 inch long, and set aside.

  • Combine the reserved calamari, potatoes, asparagus and the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil with bell peppers, onion, olives, vinegar, basil, garlic and crushed red pepper in a large bowl; toss well. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve at room temperature.

Tips

Note: Calamari, also known as squid, is sold frozen or fresh in the seafood department of the grocery store. Look for cleaned calamari, with its cartilage and ink removed; otherwise ask at the fish counter to have it cleaned.

Nutrition Facts

248 calories; 9.9 g total fat; 176 mg cholesterol; 347 mg sodium. 23.3 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; Full Nutrition

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10/30/2011
I really loved this recipe! It's light healthy and full of flavours! Read More