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!
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.