The Mondayitis cure: chargrilled squid salad
It’s Monday afternoon and you’ve got no idea what to cook for dinner tonight … this chargrilled squid salad is the answer.
If you don’t have the ingredients at home – then you only need to stop by two sections of the supermarket to get everything you need. You’ll be in and through the check-out in no more than 10 minutes. I think this is crucial because the supermarket pit-stop on weekdays, for me anyway, is one I dread. I just want to get home and start cooking and relaxing!
The flavours here are fresh and yummy, and the avocado really gives it a comforting creaminess – without the guilt!
CHARGRILLED SQUID SALAD
- 300gm of squid tubes, cleaned
- Olive oil
- Extra virgin olive oil
- the juice of ½ a lime
- 2 very ripe avocados
- 1-2 fresh red chillies, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup of chopped coriander
- ½ a red onion, finely chopped
- 1 tomato, chopped
- juice of 2 limes
Squeeze the avocados out of their skins into a bowl, removing the stones. Add most of the chilli and coriander, the onion, tomato and lime juice. Mix everything up with a spoon, hacking up any bigger bits of avocado as you go. Have a taste to check the balance, and season with salt and pepper.
Put a griddle pan on a high heat to get nice and hot. For the squid tubes put the knife in the tube and cut through the side, open it out then lightly score every ½cm in a criss-cross fashion with a blunt knife. This means the squid will curl up and absorb extra flavour.
Season the squid with a pinch of salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil then toss to coat. Add it to the hot griddle, scored-side down, for 1 to 2 minutes. Use tongs to turn the squid over once it has nice char marks. Give it a minute on the other side until it curls up then immediately transfer to a bowl. While the squid is still piping hot, add a really good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, the lime juice and another small pinch of salt and pepper.
Spoon the avocado salad onto a platter. Cut the squid into bite-sized chunks. Pile the squid over the salad and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Scatter over the reserved coriander and chilli.
This dish looks so pretty. I know it’s Monday, but why not light some candles, pour some wine and sit down with you partner and pretend it’s the weekend!
Posted on March 21, 2011, in Entrees, Quick and easy, Recipes, Salads, Seafood, summer treats and tagged avocado, Cooking, dinner, entertaining, entree, fish, food, home, Inspiration, Recipes, salad, seafood, squid, summer. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.