Healthy Grilled Calamari Salad with Peanuts, Tomatoes, and Spices

Squid is one of the most widely available seafood types on the market, but few Americans ever eat it any other way than breaded, deep-fried, and served with marinara.

It might be a blooming onion with that kind of treatment, and you wouldn’t know the difference.

With its crunch from peanuts, tomatoes, and a splash of spice, this salad has all the ingredients to become a beloved snack.

Although it’s unlikely, it’s possible that you won’t ever eat fried foods again after this.

AuthorSilvia lemon
Preparation Time05 minutes
Cooking Duration25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes


  • 1 lb squid, cleaned, tentacles reserved for another use
  • 1⁄2 Tbsp peanut or canola oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1⁄2 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1⁄4 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into matchsticks
  • 4 cups watercress
  • 1⁄2 red onion, very thinly sliced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

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How to make Grilled Calamari Salad

Preheat a grill.

Combine the oil and squid bodies in a bowl and season to taste with salt and plenty of black pepper.

The squid should be added to a very hot grill and cooked for about 5 minutes, or until just faintly browned throughout.

In a mixing bowl, combine the lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and chili sauce. Whisk to combine.

The grilled squid should be cut into 1/2-inch rings.

Put the squid, watercress, cucumber, tomato, onion, and peanuts in a salad dish and add the dressing.

Give each plate a portion of the salad.

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