Char-grilling squid is an ideal way to cook the delicious seafood, which is often ignored in home kitchens. Fresh and slightly spicy flavors star in this Asian-inspired salad, making for a memorable dish that is perfect for entertaining. Bonus: it requires only eight ingredients, a few of which you likely already have on hand.
Quick Grilled Squid Salad
Change It Up
If you don’t care for squid or can’t find it, this salad is also delicious with shrimp. Purchase 1 lb. medium-sized shrimp; peel and devein them, then thread 4 to 6 on a skewer and grill them until they turn pink and curl up.
1 1/2 lb. whole squid, or 1 lb. cleaned
4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and ground pepper
Fresh juice from 2 limes
1/4 cup lightly packed mint leaves
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
2 Thai red chiles, seeded and minced
If buying whole squid, clean, then cut bodies into rings 1/2 inch wide and bite-sized tentacles. If buying cleaned squid, cut up bodies and tentacles as described above. In a bowl, toss squid with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Preheat a grill to medium-high and oil a grilling basket. Place squid rings and tentacles in a basket and grill, turning once, until opaque and lightly charred on edges, about 1 minute per side.
In a bowl, whisk together 2 Tbs. olive oil, lime juice, mint, cilantro and chiles. Toss squid with dressing and serve hot or at room temperature. Serves 4 to 6.