Marinated Seafood Salad with Orange and Olive

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Author Notes: I generally shy away from recipes that use copious amounts of olive oil, but seafood salad is an exception because it just tastes so good and olive oil-y. I like to serve each portion mounded a on leaf of radicchio. - VanessaSVanessaS

Food52 Review: This is a keeper! I served this on a small bed of arugula and it was really wonderful. It is light and fresh, and I loved the citrus against the briny capers and olives. The fennel gave it a fantastic crunch -- I might even add a bit more of that next time. Beyond the flavor, which was great, it was so pretty. It also comes together pretty quickly. A great dish for a beautiful spring day. - inthebowinthebow

Serves 4, as a first course

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound small squid, bodies sliced into 1/4 inch rings
  • 18 medium shrimp
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 small fennel bulb
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon small capers
  • 3 oranges, supremed
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion (cut from a quarter of a whole red onion)
  • 20 manzanilla olives, halved
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until garlic begins to brown around the edges. Add the squid and cook until opaque, about 1 minute. Remove squid to a shallow bowl.
  2. Heat another tablespoon of olive oil in the saute pan. Add the shrimp and saute until just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Add to the bowl with the squid, along with 1/4 cup of olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for two hours.
  3. Cut the fennel into 1/4 inch by 1 inch batons. Add fennel and remaining ingredients to shrimp and squid mixture and gently toss.
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Tags: capers, cold, seafood, shrimp, squid

Comments (8) Questions (0)


almost 4 years ago Emiko

This looks gorgeous. I've just saved it and plan to make it this weekend for lunch at the sea with friends!


almost 4 years ago VanessaS

Thanks, Emiko! Lunch at the sea sounds fun, hope you enjoy the salad!


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

I love this! I can almost taste the contrast of sweet, briny/salty, and tangy with just a hint of heat.


almost 4 years ago VanessaS

thanks so much, gingeroot!


almost 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Yes, I agree with Midge - beautiful, bright flavors and colors.


almost 4 years ago VanessaS



about 4 years ago Midge

This sounds so fresh and delicious.


almost 4 years ago VanessaS

Thanks, Midge!