Chilled Calamari Salad with Lemon and Parsley

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A light refreshing seafood salad made with squid, fresh lemon, celery, red onion, roasted peppers, garlic and parsley.

It’s sweltering outside, the temperature in New York is expected to hit over a 100 degrees today. We are getting some work done to my house and unfortunately I have no AC at the moment so I wanted to make something cold and refreshing without heating up the house and this cold calamari salad is exactly what I was craving. If you buy your squid cleaned, this takes minutes to make and is easier than you think.

Squid doesn’t take long to cook, if you overcook it it gets rubbery so be sure to keep a close eye on it and have an ice bath ready before you cook it.

Some variations to this, you could add cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives or hot pepper. Cilantro and lime instead of parsley would give this more of a Latin flair. Enjoy!

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Chilled Calamari Salad with Lemon and Parsley

121.6 Cals 18.3 Protein 7.9 Carbs 1.7 Fats
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Appetizer, Lunch
CUISINE: Italian


  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced (no stems)
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 1/2 lemons
  • 1 1/4 tsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 1 lb fresh squid, tube and tentacles cleaned


  • Rinse squid and slice tubes into 1/2 inch rings.
  • Leave the tentacles whole and set aside.
  • Prepare a bowl of water with ice.
  • In a medium bowl combine onion, garlic, celery, red peppers, parsley, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and fresh pepper.
  • Bring a medium pot filled with water and a pinch of salt to a boil.
  • Add calamari all at once and cook until tender yet cooked, (I test it by tasting a ring) about 45 - 60 seconds.
  • Quickly drain when cooked and add to the ice bath until cool, 4 - 5 minutes.
  • Combine squid with the salad and toss well.
  • Taste for salt and add additional seasoning and lemon juice if needed.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least an hour.


Makes about 3 1/2 cups.


Calories: 121.6kcal, Carbohydrates: 7.9g, Protein: 18.3g, Fat: 1.7g, Sodium: 66mg, Fiber: 0.9g, Sugar: 1.2g
Blue Smart Points: 0
Green Smart Points: 2
Purple Smart Points: 0
Points +: 2
Keywords: Gluten Free, Keto Recipes, low carb

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  1. This is a very fresh and delicious appetizer. May I suggest that you substitute “Italian parsley,” for regular parsley. It has a milder, more subtle flavor. But I do like this recipe very much. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Amazing recipe!!  I added olives and a little bit of olive oil.  It turned out really good and a winner of my picky husband and daughters.  This is a keeper.  Thanks for another great recipe Gina!!

  3. I love this recipe. I just made it for lunch today.

  4. Can I add scungilli to this recipe? –

  5. I made this today using a bag of mixed frozen seafood from Trader Joe's (contained shrimp, calamari, and bay scallops). It was delicious and so refreshing since it's so hot out. Would also be nice with some orzo and avocado.

  6. Oh my word.

    I grew up in an Italian neighborhood, and "fish salad" was something you'd often find at some delis. Squid, salad shrimp, maybe some mussels. And sadly, also, fake crab meat. What's sad about the fake crab? I developed a wheat allergy and I can't eat any of the salad if it's got fake crab in it.

    This tastes JUST like the stuff I used to buy. I even added some salad shrimp – wonderful.

    You DO want to buy your squid already cleaned. Not for this recipe, but recently I bought "uncleaned" squid and I am not squirmish about a lot of food things, but yeah… that was gross. If you can only find pre-cut rings, those would work great. If you're not a lemon fan, switch out the lemon for more vinegar or some white balsamic, etc. If you like fried calamari… do not fear this recipe. 60 seconds, ice bath, and then into the dressing… the squid will turn out perfect.

  7. If and when do you add the tentacles? I don't see them mentioned in the recipe except to set aside but I see them in the picture.

  8. Good morning Gina, I featured this recipe on my blog today, it looks great! Thanks for allowing me to share. Here is the link

  9. Could you use imitation crab meat instead of the squid?

  10. This is great.Can't make enough. Added a tablespoon of Olive oil to offset acid in vinagar but as is is best I've ever ate. Tip. Use a pasta cooker to dip raw calamari boiling water for only 1 minute then bathe in ice water. It comes out tender. cooked it an extra 20 seconds the first time and you can tell it was getting tough.

  11. I love this recipe. thank you

  12. Linette….bring water to a boil,drop in squid,time 1 minute and take them out.they cook extremely fast.

  13. I prefer using cilantro rather than the parsley. Great flavor. Thanks.

  14. 1/4 cup parsley, add the garlic with the onions. This really marinates best overnight if you want to make this for a crowd, you can double it and make it the night before.

  15. When do you add the sliced garlic? It sounds yummy!

  16. How much parsley? There are no units 🙂

  17. I prefer to buy it cleaned already, then I just rinse it, cut it and cook it.

  18. Do you have any tips for buying squid? My husband and I love calamari, and I'd love to try this recipe out! Thanks! P.S. Love your blog!

    • Buy it at a high end butcher and you should get the "a" grade used for restautants cheaper vendors use the bait box kind. Even if prev. frozen it is good. Try to find a source from Monterery, Ca. The best!

  19. I should add this is better then next day! Had the rest today, the flavors really get in to the calamari.

  20. Growing up in the upper Midwestern US, thousands of miles from a sea or ocean, I would have never dreamt of eating cold squid, but I've grown and this looks tasty, especially inthe hot weather

  21. This looks simple, healthy and refreshing. I love dishes like this. They are perfect for summer:)

  22. This sounds WONDERFUL! Perfect for Houston summers; I can't wait to make this.

  23. I do not care much for squid and I am not sure I can get it here in Mississippi, but I did grap another Chicken recipe that I saw. Thanks and I love your blog.

  24. My mom picked it up for me last year, I finally got to use it! I'll have to ask her where she bought it.

  25. What is the indicator that the calamari is cooked? Like if its not cooked yet, how do you know? This looks delicious, by the way! I LOVEEEE calamari!!

  26. I've never cooked calamari and only eaten it fried, but this looks wonderful. And love, love, love the fish plate!

  27. I love that fish plate. adorable! where is it from?