Kalamaria Salata: Calamari (Squid) Meze or Appetizer

Easy Calamari (Squid) Meze or Appetizer
Photo © N. Gaifyllia, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
177 Calories
2g Fat
7g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 177
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 352mg 117%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 24g
Calcium 64mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

In Greek: καλαμάρια σαλάτα, pronounced kah-lah-MAH-reeyah sah-LAH-tah

This meze or appetizer is easy to make, and a favorite with wine or ouzo. It's prettier when made with large squid (calamari) but small work just as well (see photo).


  • 2 pounds squid (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 to 3 pinches oregano
  • extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • red wine vinegar to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons parsley (fresh, chopped)
  • Garnish: thinly sliced onion

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Clean the squid.

  3. How to Clean Fresh Squid

  4. How to Prepare Frozen Squid for Cooking

Place the whole squid, wine, and bay leaf in a small stew pot or dutch oven. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer, covered, for 35-40 minutes. Drain, and cut into rings. Place on a serving platter or in a shallow salad bowl. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and oregano. Add olive oil and vinegar to taste. Top with parsley and onion slices.