Kalamaria Salata: Calamari (Squid) Meze or Appetizer

Easy Calamari (Squid) Meze or Appetizer
Easy Calamari Meze (or Appetizer). Photo © N. Gaifyllia, licensed to About.com, Inc.
  • 50 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: serves 4-6
Ratings (7)

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).

What You'll Need

  • 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

How to Make It

Clean the squid.

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.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 177
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 352 mg
Sodium 70 mg
Carbohydrates 7 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 24 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)