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Add a Mediterranean touch to your calamari
  |  First Published: May 2017



Not everyone’s a big fan of salad – as the saying goes, ‘you don’t make friends with salad,’ but calamari is a whole other kettle of fish. Salads can be a real missed opportunity when it comes to varying up your meals, but you can add so much to them, including your catch. When it comes to accompanying seafood, Greek salad is one of the greats.

There’s nothing like a touch of the Mediterranean, where fish are abundant and the fishers have centuries of knowledge on how to cook them, to create a superb blend of delicious cephalopods and light, fresh veggies. With tasty herbs, soft feta cheese and salty fish, no other salad gives you the same bang for your bucket.

While adding lettuce to a Greek salad is not strictly traditional (in a traditional Greek salad, purslane is used instead), the crisp crunch of the lettuce adds a textural contrast to the rest of the salad ingredients as well as adding a bright note of colour to the dish. You might also find yourself adding more ingredients to experiment or suit your own tastes (always remember, salads are flexible.)

Here’s a handy hint; if you find the flavour of raw onion not to your liking, place the sliced onion into a bowl of iced water for a few minutes to soften the oniony flavour. Before using it as an ingredient, drain the onion slices and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

500g calamari rings

1 baby cos lettuce

1 red onion

2-3 tomatoes, cubed

1 continental cucumber

100g black olives

100g feta cheese

Salad Dressing Ingredients

6 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 clove garlic, crushed or paste

1/2 tsp dried oregano

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