Squid Christmas Salad

Squid Christmas Salad


Serves 4


  • 4 small squid hoods (~800g)
  • 1/2 cup rice bran oil (or suitable oil)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 200g butternut pumpkin + oil
  • 2 Tbsp water + 1 tsp citric acid
  • 3 pencil shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups ripped wombok leaves
  • 2 cups ripped iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 1 golden or red delicious apple
  • 100g Havarti cheese
  • salt to taste


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius, fan forced (400 F)

Preparing the Squid

  • Ensure the squid hoods are clean and free of the fins.
  • One at a time, lay each hood on a chopping board and place a flat knife inside the hood. With a second knife, slice across the hood at 1cm intervals.  (The middle knife prevents you from cutting all the way through).
  • Put them into a bowl
  • Combine the oil, parsley, garlic and salt. 
  • Put aside 2 Tbsp of the marinade and pour the rest over the squid hoods. 
  • Cover the squid and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • NB: The squid can be marinated the day before cooking.
  • Add the water and citric acid to the reserved marinade.

Preparing the Vegetables 

  • Take the skin off the pumpkin and dice the pumpkin into small cubes.
  • Coat with some extra oil and roast on a tray lined with baking paper, in the oven, until soft and slightly browned. 
  • Remove and cool.
  • Wash, dry and rip the wombok and lettuce leaves.  
  • Slice the pencil shallots, 
  • Peel and thinly slice the apple

Cooking the Squid

  • In a fry pan or on a BBQ, oil the cooking surface and on a high heat, cook the squid for 3-4 minutes per side, or until just cooked through and slightly browned.
  • Slice some of the rings through to separate them into smaller bundles of about 3 rings.
  • salt to taste

To Serve:

  • At serving time, combine the lettuce mixture with the pencil shallots, sliced apple, pumpkin and reserved marinade.
  • Toss to combine.
  • Distribute the salad mixture between 4 salad bowls
  • Place several calamari rings per bowl, on top of the salad mix
  • Sprinkle over some of the sliced or grated cheese
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