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Thai Squid Salad Recipe

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Tasty Thai salad combines squid (calamari), lime juice, sweet onions, carrots, lettuce, mint, and cilantro. Adjust the amount of red pepper to suit your personal spicy meter.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 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


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

Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine fish sauce, lime 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.

Yield: 4 servings

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Recipe Source: The All New Good Housekeeping Cookbook edited by Susan Westmoreland (Hearst Books)
Reprinted with permission.

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 5 out of 5
Fabulous Squid Salad, Member AllysonRS

My husband and I absolutely love this recipe. The only changes we made were using mixed salad greens instead of Boston lettuce since I'm not a Boston lettuce fan and adding a finely chopped jalapeno pepper. I was lucky to find Asian fish sauce in Whole Foods Supermarket. Quite frankly, the sauce doesn't smell good, but we trusted the recipe and adding the fresh lime made a complete difference. The salad has a sweet refreshing taste. Because we love hot food, we intend to add at least another jalapeno pepper to make it hotter next time.

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