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Grilled Squid Salad with Lemon, Capers, and Parsley

August 26, 2011

Grilled Squid Salad

- Amanda

Every cook has dishes that she orders when in a restaurant but never makes at home. Let's call these barrier recipes. In the spirit of trying to get past my own barrier recipes -- which usually involve shellfish or a grill -- I've recreated the squid salad that I order every time we go to Motorino. I grilled the squid to give it a little char and then tumbled it together with whole parsley leaves, slices of boiled potato, some capers, red pepper flakes, and a dousing of lemon. It took 10 minutes. And I felt pretty dumb for not tackling this sooner. Watch out clams: I'm coming after you next!

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Grilled Squid Salad with Lemon, Capers, and Parsley

Serves 4

  • 3/4 pound squid
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more if needed
  • 6 baby white potatoes (or any small variety), boiled and sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup flatleaf parsley leaves
  • Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained and coarsely chopped
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

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Photos by Jennifer Causey

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Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


kstallbe August 21, 2012
So, so good! I've made this one several times now.
donabrams September 1, 2011
OMG, so fast, so fresh tasting! Used out Weber Q Grill on our terrace and once the potatoes are cooked the whole dish was ready in 15 minutes! Thanks!!
Amanda H. September 2, 2011
I have a Weber, too. A kettle grill -- I love it.
wssmom August 29, 2011
Did this for a light supper last night, perfect, perfect, perfect!
Amanda H. August 29, 2011
So glad -- and thanks for the generous review!
quiltedgiraffe August 27, 2011
Where is the plate in the top picture from? It's beautiful!
Amanda H. August 27, 2011
Thanks! Got it on sale at ABC.