Seared Calamari and Herb Salad

By Sally James
A healthy version of a calamari salad. The calamari is seared and tossed with a fresh Asian style dressing then served over a bed of mixed greens and mint.
  • Course: Salad


  • black sesame seeds
  • cleaned and chopped squid
  • Dash chili sauce
  • fish sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • olive oil
  • rice wine
  • Sesame Oil
  • soy sauce
  • sugar


  1. Dry the squid well on paper towels. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add one piece of squid. If it sizzles, add the remainder and cook over medium high heat, shaking pan, for 1-2 minutes or until just turning opaque. Transfer to a dish.
  2. Whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  3. Wipe the pan clean and add the sesame seeds, toast for 1 minute in dry pan, shaking, taking care not to burn. Add the dressing and remove from heat.
  4. When sugar dissolves, give a stir and pour over the calamari. Refrigerate until ready to serve, at least 30 minutes, to allow flavors to develop.
  5. Place greens on plates and top with the calamari, spooning the dressing over all the salad. You can also serve the calamari warm over the leaves, for a quicker alternative. The warm and cool contrast makes the flavors really glow.