Calamari & Haloumi Salad
- Preparation 25
- Cooking time 10
- Makes 6 serves
8 fresh squid (calamari) hoods cut into quarters and scored
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon Capilano honey
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
1 tablespoon freshly chopped oregano leaves
freshly ground salt and pepper
180 grams haloumi cheese cut into 1cm thick slices and cut
200 grams grape tomatoes cut in half
100 grams trimmed green beans lightly steamed and cooled
50 grams baby spinach leaves
50 grams rocket leaves
6 kalamata olives
1 tablespoon Capilano honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1Combine salad dressing ingredients in a jar with a leak proof lid and shake quickly for 30 seconds. Place jar in refrigerator.
- 2Combine olive oil, Capilano honey, lemon zest, garlic, chilli flakes, oregano and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add squid and turn over ensuring an even coating.
- 3Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate.
- 4Line a salad platter with spinach, rocket, beans and tomatoes.
- 5Preheat a BBQ plate or fry pan to very high and add squid. The squid will contract in size due to scoring. Turn regularly until cooked through. This should take 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and drain on a wire rack.
- 6Add haloumi to BBQ plate or frypan and cook for 1 minute on each side or until golden and starting to bubble.
- 7Add calamari and haloumi to salad platter. Scatter olives on top.
- 8Remove salad dressing from refrigerator. Give dressing a quick shake and pour evenly over salad. Serve while haloumi and calamari are still hot.
- Most Australian retailers sell squid which is used to make calamari – a Greek word sounding more palatable to the Australian consumer. Technically there are differences between calamari, squid and cuttlefish but for our purposes they are interchangeable.
- Fresh squid makes this dish. Frozen squid does not give as good a result.
- Marjoram can be substituted for oregano as dried can be substituted for fresh.
- Chilli flakes are different to chilli powder and can not be substituted.
- This recipe works equally well using a BBQ or a frying pan.