Grilled Calamari Salad

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Grilled Calamari Salad

Calamari is often found on restaurant menus, and is usually served fried and breaded. However, calamari doesn’t need to be fried to taste delicious because it’s so mild, and doesn’t have that “seafood taste”. Grilled and served over a bed of greens and berries, calamari is a healthy, nutrient-rich protein source.

Calamari is rich in B vitamins, especially B2 and B12. It’s also rich in minerals like copper and selenium. Selenium is an important mineral for thyroid health. Luckily, seafood is generally rich in selenium, so eating seafood a few days of week can help support it.

This recipe calls for a Simple Dressing, which you can use on a variety of salads. Bottled dressings are expensive, and often filled with sugar, processed oils and preservatives. A dressing like this one can be made in under 2 minutes, and costs pennies compared to a bottled dressing.

Grilled Calamari Salad Recipe

Serves: 4Prep: 15 minCook: 5 min
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  • 1-1/2 lb. calamari tubes, cleaned;
  • 1/4 cup olive oil;
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon;
  • 1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced;
  • 6 cups fresh spinach;
  • 3/4 cup blueberries;
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries;
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;

Ingredients for the Simple dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil;
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar;
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;


Fast Prep Fast Cook Dairy-free Cooking: Grill Egg-free No Sweeteners

Calamari Salad preparation


  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. In a bowl, combine the olive oil and lemon juice, and season to taste.
  3. Baste the calamari tubes with the olive-lemon mixture generously.
  4. Grill the tubes about 2 minutes per side, or until opaque and cooked. Set aside and slice lengthwise.
  5. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and whisk until well blended.
  6. In a salad bowl, combine all the salad ingredients, drizzle the dressing, and gently toss until well coated.

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