by jerseygirl on November 9, 2008 · 46 comments

Of course squidlicious is not a real word but I thought it sounded kind of catchy. Squid and calamari are the same thing but many times, the word calamari is used in restaurants. This is probably because squid would remind you of the character on SpongeBob.

My husband and son will not go near the stuff but I will eat anything that is pulled out of the sea. Luckily, my daughter will too. I have not cooked squid in a very long time but decided to make this Calamari Salad with various pantry items I had on hand. It was good! If you are not into eating creatures with tentacles, then substitute shrimp or scallops. They would be equally as good.

I am embarrassed to say that my thank yous are overdue but I still wanted to show some appreciation for the awards I have received in the past few weeks. Yasmeen from Health Nut has given me the Chocoholic award. I love going to her blog for some interesting, health friendly recipes. Thanks to Jo from Adventures of Kitchen Girl and Honey from The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch for bestowing the E for Excellent award on me. These are two other great blogs that I frequent. Jo has awesome dinners and Honey is quite the baker, amongst other things. Thanks also to Erica from The Life of a First Time Mommy for the I Love Your Blog award. She has a nice mommy blog and great pictures of her cute children.

Lastly, I was also given the Kreativ Blogger award by The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, Mocha Me, Finding Inspiration in Food and Supermarket Serenade. Check out these ladies blogs as you won’t be disappointed. They are all on my daily reading lists. I will be passing this award on later this week as well as doing a meme.

All you fellow bloggers are so kind!

Calamari Salad

3 TBS olive oil
1 lb calamari rings
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 cup sliced Spanish olives
1 jar(6 oz) marinated artichokes, drained
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
2 TBS fresh chopped parsley
2 TBS balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
a squeeze of lemon plus garnish

In a large fry pan, heat oil on medium and saute calamari and garlic for a few minutes or until garlic starts to turn golden. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, mix calamari with olives,artichokes, tomatoes, red peppers, parsley and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze a dash of lemon on the salad and garnish with extra lemon slices. This can be chilled or served at room temperature.
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Pam November 10, 2008 at 12:44 am

I love deep fried calamari but have never tried it like this. It looks fantastic Lisa.

Congrats on all of your awards.


Jenny November 10, 2008 at 1:20 am

Wow Lisa,
First off, I love the title of this post! I’ve never been a squid girl, but if you made it, I know it’d be good!

Congrats on your slew of awards too!


Emily November 10, 2008 at 1:39 am

I second Pam, I like fried squid . . . but am not always so daring when it comes it being prepared in other ways . . . actually I hardly ever see it on any menus out west! I think I am too landlocked! But it looks really good! I would definitely be game to try it!

Congrats on your awards! You deserve them!


Lakeland Jo November 10, 2008 at 4:19 am

I adore calamari in any form. My friend Ellen who owns a chinese restaurant always shakes her head when I say I love it because she says it is full of bad cholesterol? Have you heard this?


Clumbsy Cookie November 10, 2008 at 4:37 am

Wow that’s a lot of awards! Congratulations!!! Oh I love calamari, cooked anyway, but I go crazy over fried ones. Of course the salad is much more healthy!


Debbie November 10, 2008 at 8:25 am

I love calamari but usually have it fried or in tomato sauce. The salad looks delicious and something different to try!


hot garlic November 10, 2008 at 8:44 am

Thanks for your comments and support Lisa! I’m glad to know you’re there for me! And I’m really glad you’re still laughing about the flour. I wasn’t sure if it was as funny after everyone sobered up! Glad to hear it was, at least for you!


EAT! November 10, 2008 at 8:45 am

I was just eyeing the squid at my local fish store. I did not want to bread it and fry it up so thanks for the healthy recipe.


Aggie November 10, 2008 at 9:50 am

I love calamari! We always have something similar on Christmas eve, sometimes with octopus instead…I have never actually “handled” it myself…but I love to eat it!! Looks so delicious Lisa!

Congrats on all of your awards!


Patsyk November 10, 2008 at 10:03 am

I prefer my squid fried, too! I have tried it sauteed before, but wasn’t crazy about it.
Congrats on all those great awards!


Peter M November 10, 2008 at 10:07 am

I think you could rename the blog Jerseylicious!

I love squid but it’s a tricky food to cook. Either it’s done quickly over high heat or braised for a long time to become tender. The inbetween leaves one with rubber.

I seee you chose quick but don’t be afraid to braise the squid…this dish would benefit from that too!


Robin Sue November 10, 2008 at 10:14 am

Yum calmari- fried, stuffed or any other way it is great. This looks wonderful!


Stacey Snacks November 10, 2008 at 10:17 am

I love grilled calamari, especially when it is sliced and grilled to order.
We also love it fried with cornmeal crust!
I have never made “GALAMAD” (NJ way to say it!!) at home!

Congrats on your awards lady!


Sara November 10, 2008 at 10:19 am

I love calamari, I don’t make it much though, maybe once every few months? I don’t know why I don’t make it more often. Yours looks great!


Mary November 10, 2008 at 10:47 am

Congratulations on your slew of awards, Lisa. Your post title is absolutely wonderful and deserves serious consideration as a new dictionary entry.


Allie November 10, 2008 at 11:04 am

I’m the same as you I’ll eat anything out of the ocean. I’ve never cooked it besides having fried calamari, so I’m excited about this post!


natalia November 10, 2008 at 11:54 am

Ciao !!My son has just dicovered the fried ones but for us this salad sounds great !


HoneyB November 10, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Amongst other things eh. he he. What other things. 😉

I have never had calamari. I don’t know if I could even try it. I don’t know why either. Maybe if I tried it fried first….


Maria November 10, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Love the looks of this salad!! Congrats on the awards too!


kat November 10, 2008 at 12:44 pm

oh my, I'm currently sitting here on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco & this post is making me think I need to go take a walk & get a little seafood salad!


NatNibbles November 10, 2008 at 12:46 pm

I LOVE Calamari! That recipe looks delicious.


Yasmeen November 10, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Congrats on all the fitting awards!
Exotic Squids ,I’ve yet to taste them,it looks delicious in pasta with lemony garnish:)


Lucy November 10, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Calamari Salad looks wonderful! We love it stuffed, fried or any which way 😉

Congrat’s on your award!


Birdie November 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Congrats on all those awards. I too love to read your blog, I think your recipes are so creative.


Barbara November 10, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Lisa, I had no idea that squid and calamari were the same thing. The first time I ate squid was when we lived in Venezuela.


Candy November 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm

This looks great! I love squid any way you say it.


Veronica November 10, 2008 at 5:32 pm

I like fried calamari…but I’ve never had it like this…looks like an interesting salad to try! Congrats on all your deserved awards!


Jeena November 10, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Your seafood recipes always look so fresh and healthy, this looks so delicious. 🙂


Jan November 10, 2008 at 8:04 pm

If squidlicious isn’t a word, it should be, I love it. Love the recipe too.

Congrats on all the awards, they are well deserved.


Jo November 10, 2008 at 9:43 pm

🙂 you’ve got a great blog here…. and this dish looks amazing! Yum!


That Girl November 10, 2008 at 11:01 pm

It’s funny, I don’t like most seafood- but I love calamari!


Sharon November 11, 2008 at 12:58 am

squidilicious is a fantastic word! It took me many years to overcome my fear of calamari, but now it’s one of my best friends. 🙂 Congrats on your many, many awards.


Katherine Aucoin November 11, 2008 at 9:39 am

I’m a calamari junkie. I want you to adopt me.


biz319 November 11, 2008 at 1:20 pm

My husband would love this, however, I only eat deep fat fried calamari!


Amy November 11, 2008 at 1:36 pm

I love calamari!! This looks delicious!!


Cathy November 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm

I’m a sucker for calamari. This looks fantastic!


Barbara Bakes November 11, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Congratulations on your awards! Your blog is great!


Janna November 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm



Barbara Bakes November 11, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I left you a MEME on my blog!


Jeni November 11, 2008 at 8:00 pm

I’m not a squid lover, so you’ll probably never find any recipes on my blog for squid, BUT the rest of the my family adore seafood AND calamari. Yummmmy they say. I will tuck this recipe aside to make for them. Thanks for sharing!


The Blonde Duck November 11, 2008 at 11:15 pm

It looks interesting! Congrats!


priscilla November 11, 2008 at 11:36 pm

i absoltuely love calamari…so good! this looks yummy, but i am in the same boat as your husband and son about seafood…somehow i don’t like it! except my Dad’s grilled salmon…


Emily November 12, 2008 at 3:21 am

I think it sounds really good. A change from what I usually eat.


Tracy November 12, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Wow, I’ve never cooked squid. Kudos to you.


Erica November 15, 2008 at 1:24 pm

OMG this looks so good!


Ally August 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm

This looks delicious!! I wish I had seen this a few hours ago.. I was searching for the perfect recipe for dinner and had heaps of calamari to use and this is what I was going for. This is my number one recipe for the next time I use that ingredient! 🙂


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