Easy Calamari Salad Recipe • Seafood Nutrition Partnership


1 lb. sliced calamari (squid), thawed if frozen
1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced (or use 1-2 chopped scallions)
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 lemon, juiced (about 1 Tbsp.)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 bell pepper, any color, thinly sliced
Salt & pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley leaves, chopped (or try cilantro or basil)
Recipe sponsored by Ocean Beauty Seafoods


1.If whole whole squid, rinse calamari with water, then thoroughly pat it dry with a paper towel. Slice across the body to create rings.
2.In a large bowl, toss together the sliced red onion, rice vinegar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Marinate while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
3.Combine the sliced calamari with the lemon pepper seasoning and mix well. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet or grill pan, and cook the calamari for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. It will release liquid, so cook until the liquid is evaporated, then remove from heat.
4.Add the cooked calamari and the rest of the ingredients (sliced bell pepper, remaining olive oil, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and chopped parsley) to the large bowl with the marinated onions. Stir well and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving, stirring every 10 minutes to distribute the dressing.

Looking for a summery dish that’s perfect from picnic to party? Enter this zesty easy calamari salad using Icy Point Calamari from Ocean Beauty Seafoods. 

With just a few fresh ingredients like wild-caught calamari (squid) and seasonal veggies, you can throw this easy calamari salad together in about 20 minutes. Chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve for tangy, lemon pepper flavors that will have you back for seconds.

Icy Point Calamari has 17g of protein per serving and is only 110 calories making it a light, fresh food to give any dish some depth. What’s best is it’s available year-round! It’s caught fresh and then quickly frozen, which means it can be a staple from freezer to dish any day of the week, making it a great time-saving option!


#DYK “Calamari” is the plural form of calamaro, which is Italian for squid. Enjoy this zesty calamari salad and don’t forget to eat seafood at least twice a week!


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