I've taken components from some of my favorite Italian-inspired salads and side dishes and combined them in this salad. All of the ingredients seem to perfectly complement each other in flavor and texture. Eat it as is, or heap it on top of bruschetta. —TasteFood
small fennel bulb, ends and fronds trimmed, thinly sliced
extra-virgin olive oil
garlic clove, minced
red pepper flakes
calamari bodies and tentacles, bodies cleaned and sliced in 1/4 inch rings
arugula leaves, washed and dried
shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Chopped Italian parsley leaves for garnish
Prepare the vinaigrette: Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl; set aside.
Combine the beans and fennel in a medium bowl. Pour about half of the vinaigrette over and toss to combine.
Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes; briefly sauté until fragrant. Add calamari; sauté 2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt. Transfer with a slotted spoon to the beans and mix together.
Arrange arugula in a serving bowl or divide among 4 serving plates. Spoon beans and calamari over the arugula. Drizzle arugula with remaining vinaigrette. Garnish with Parmesan shavings and chopped parsley.