Calamari Salad with Lime and Tomato

Calamari Salad with Lime and Tomatoes

Calamari (squid) is one of the easiest seafood dishes to prepare – sauteed or grilled, calamari is ready in a matter of minutes. If you don’t bread and fry the calamari, as you find in most restaurants, you have a dish high in protein and iron, but low in fat. This dish retains the texture and flavor of calamari while adding some healthy additions and seasonings. I usually eat this as a main dish with perhaps some rice or other carb on the side. On its own it is a great low-carb dish, or you could serve this as an appetizer or side. If you don’t like the tentacles, you can simply buy the tubes and cook the dish exactly the same. I prefer US-caught, sustainable calamari from a merchant I can trust so I mail-order my calamari from Vital Choice.

Calamari Salad with Lime and Tomato

Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Q&DK
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 2 as entree
  • 8 oz. squid (calamari)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • S/P
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Splash soy sauce or alternative (see recommendation)
  1. Rinse squid and pat dry with a paper towel. Place in a medium bowl and add 1 tbsp. olive oil, lime juice, and a generous amount of freshly ground S/P. Toss to combine.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet on high heat and saute the shallot and 1 tbsp. olive oil until tender. Add the calamari (with the liquid) to the skillet and saute about 30 seconds until tender, but not rubbery.
  3. Remove from heat and remove the calamari with a slotted spoon into a serving bowl. Add the cilantro and tomatoes. Season with a splash of soy sauce and additional S/P if needed. Serve immediately.
*Calamari becomes rubbery very quickly, so make sure you cook quickly. Also, the lime juice will begin to cook the calamari (like ceviche) so make sure you only marinate for the time indicated (while you cook the shallot); otherwise the calamari will become tough from overcooking.
Looking for a low-sodium, non-gmo alternative to soy sauce? This is a great choice!
Looking for a low-sodium, non-gmo alternative to soy sauce? This is a great choice!