Colorful Calamari, Chile, and Watermelon Salad

This light, healthy, colorful salad is exactly what your summer lunches need
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Spice up lightly-flavored calamari and sweet watermelon in this crunchy, chewy, and beautiful salad.

This recipe is courtesy of Martha Stewart.

6
Servings
1253
Calories Per Serving
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Ingredients

For the dressing

  • 1/4  Cup  rice wine vinegar
  • 4 1/2  Teaspoons  packed light brown sugar
  • 4 1/2  Teaspoons  fresh lime juice
  • inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  coarse sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the salad

  • 1  Pound  calamari (bodies and tentacles), rinsed and dried
  • 1  Pound  cockles or small clams, scrubbed
  • 2 1/2  Pounds  watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2  Cup  fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2  Cup  fresh mint, torn, plus more for garnish
  • red chile, thinly sliced
  • 1/3  Cup  pickled red onion

Directions

For the dressing

Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.

For the salad

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Prepare an ice water bath.

Using a kitchen mallet, pound the calamari a few times to tenderize. Insert a sharp knife into each calamari body, cut along the seam, and open up. Lightly score inner sides at ¼” intervals. Cut in half lengthways, to form 2 pieces. Slice into triangles, each about 4-inches tall by 1 ½-inches wide. If any of the tentacles are particularly large, slice them in half.

Blanch the calamari in boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon, and transfer to the ice bath. Drain and pat dry. Place in a separate bowl.

Put cockles into saucepan, and cover with water by 1-inch. Cover and simmer until shells open, about 7 minutes. Drain. Discard any unopened shells.

Add cockles, watermelon, scallions, cilantro, mint, chile, pickled onion, and dressing to the calamari. Toss to combine. Garnish with extra mint.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
81g
100%
Sugar
6g
7%
Saturated Fat
16g
67%
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Carbohydrate, by difference
60g
46%
Protein
78g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
53µg
8%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Calcium, Ca
148mg
15%
Choline, total
14mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
11g
44%
Fluoride, F
24µg
1%
Folate, total
39µg
10%
Iron, Fe
15mg
83%
Magnesium, Mg
21mg
7%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
157mg
22%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
1435mg
96%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
161g
6%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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