This month, Tasting Table celebrates all things salad. Keep your cool with us.
This salad comes together in a flash. The squid is cooked quickly over high heat until tender before being tossed with some of the best of what's in season right now: colorful cherry tomatoes, basil, fresh chiles and spicy garlic. The heat can be adjusted depending on which chile pepper you use. Thai chiles and serranos add more heat, while jalapeños will give the dish a mild, crisp bite.
Spicy Squid Salad
Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for the grill
2 teaspoons finely grated garlic
1 pound squid (bodies and tentacles), cleaned
Kosher salt, to taste
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1 small shallot, peeled and julienned (about ½ cup)
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 fresh hot chile pepper (such as serrano, Fresno or jalapeño), cut into thin rounds
1 cup cilantro leaves
1 cup purslane with tender stems
½ cup Thai basil leaves
¼ cup toasted peanuts, lightly crushed
1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the olive oil and garlic. Add the squid and toss. Set aside for at least 30 minutes or refrigerate for up to 1 day.
2. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium-high heat. When ready to cook the squid, season it with salt. Grill the squid, turning occasionally, until it's lightly charred and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes for the bodies and 3 to 4 minutes for the tentacles. Transfer the squid to a cutting board and cut the bodies into ½-inch rings.
3. Toss the squid with the vinegar, lime juice and zest. Add the shallots, cherry tomatoes, fresh chile, cilantro, purslane, basil and peanuts, and toss. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt, chile and lime juice if needed. Serve.