Orange Fennel Panzanella with Grilled Calamari (Tuscany Recipe)



Author Notes: "In America we are used to salads being coated in heavy mayo based dressings (think tuna salad, egg salad, macaroni salad and even potato salad), this salad is anything but that. Born and raised throughout my childhood in Naples, Italy (and being the granddaughter of an incredible fisherman) I grew up eating grilled seafood as a main course with a simple side salad. Taking inspiration from my love of grilled seafood and classic panzanella (a classic Tuscan salad with hunks of bread tossed in) this is a fresh, modern take on the classic that’s still easy to shop for, easy to make and really easy to eat!" -Chef Laura VitaleBertolli Olive Oil

Serves: 1

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

  • 1.5 tablespoons Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3 of a bulb of fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 of a large orange, segmented
  • 2 teaspoons Capers
  • 4 black Italian cured olives, halved
  • 2 handfuls of fresh arugula, washed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon Orange juice (from the remaining orange we segmented)
  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 large slice of Ciabatta

Calamari Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Calamari, buy them already cleaned
  • Drizzle of Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Heat up a grill pan over high heat. Take the calamari tubes and cut some slits on one side (this helps them cook better and not shrink up and curl as they cook) season them with some salt and pepper and a drizzle of oil and grill them (cut side up first) for about 2 minutes per side.
  2. While you have the grill on, add the bread onto the grill for a minute or two per side and also place half of a lemon cut side down (trust me on this). After a few minutes, everything should be cooked so remove to a plate while you toss the salad.
  3. In a bowl, toss together the fennel, orange, capers, olives, arugula, olive oil, orange juice, salt and about a tablespoon from the grilled lemon, cut the bread into bite size pieces and toss it with the salad to help it absorb the dressing.
  4. Place the salad on a plate, serve with the grilled calamari and drizzle the remaining grilled lemon over the calamari with some fresh chopped parsley if you’d like!

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