Kalamaria Salata: Calamari (Squid) Meze or Appetizer

Easy Calamari (Squid) Meze or Appetizer
Photo © N. Gaifyllia, licensed to About.com, Inc.
  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: serves 4-6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
177 Calories
2g Fat
7g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: serves 4-6
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.

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.