Thai Squid Salad Recipe

Thai Seafood Salad.
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Tasty Thai combines squid (calamari), juice, sweet onions, carrots, lettuce, mint, and cilantro. Adjust the amount of red pepper to suit your personal spicy meter.

What You'll Need

  • 2-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Asian fish sauce (nuoc nam)
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, very thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1 pound cleaned squid
  • 1 large head Boston lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves

How to Make It

In 4-quart saucepan, combine 3 quarts water and 2 teaspoons salt; heat to boiling over high heat.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine fish sauce, juice, sugar, crushed red pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir until sugar has dissolved. Stir in sweet onions and carrot.

Rinse squid under cold running water. Slice squid bodies crosswise into very thin rings. Cut tentacles into several pieces if large.

Add to boiling water and cook until tender and opaque, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Drain and add to dressing in bowl.

Add lettuce, mint, and cilantro. Toss until mixed and coated with dressing.

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Recipe Source: edited by Susan Westmoreland (Hearst Books)
Reprinted with permission.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 188
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 264 mg
Sodium 2,470 mg
Carbohydrates 22 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 21 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)