SQUID AND CHICKPEA SALAD WITH BRAISED CELERY AND GREEN OLIVES

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SQUID AND CHICKPEA SALAD WITH BRAISED CELERY AND GREEN OLIVES


Author Notes: A quick steam yields perfectly cooked squid - tender and sweet. This salad is great served as part of an antipasto platter or as a first course. eva @myfrontburner

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Serves 8 to 10 as an appetizer

  • 2 pounds squid (small to medium)
  • 9 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, cut thinly on the bias
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 15.5 ounce cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup sliced green olives
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  1. Separate the head and tentacles from the body of the squid. Cut the tentacles free from the head and discard the head and rinse the tentacles. Skin the squid bodies, remove the quill and thoroughly rinse inside and out and cut into ringlets. Steam the squid for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Place in a large mixing bowl and cool.
  2. In a medium skillet heat one tablespoon of olive oil and garlic over medium heat and sauté for one minute or until garlic is fragrant and soft. Add the celery and lemon juice and bring to the boil. Lower heat and cover. Simmer celery until just soft. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Combine the cooked squid, celery, chickpeas, olives, parsley and remaining 1/2 cup olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature for 20-30 minutes before serving.

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