Squid Salad

Lovely on a hot summer's day.

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Ingredients for 4

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300 gramssquid
1 ballmozzarella cheese (100 grams)
100 gramstomatoes (fresh)
100 gramsgreen leaf salad (mixed)
1/2 oniononion (medium size, 160g each) (80 grams)
1 1/4 teaspoonhot chili paste (6 grams)
2 clovesfresh garlic (medium size, 3g each) (6 grams)
1/4 teaspoonsalt (2 grams)
1/8 teaspoonground black pepper (0.4 grams)
1 1/2 teaspoonolive oil (8 mls)
Salt content: 0.3% (by weight, not counting salt in other ingredients)
... and our white wine vinaigrette


Step-by-Step Instructions

Recipe PhotoThe squid I am using here is frozen. If you can get hold of fresh squid, even better. Take out the transparent, hard bit in the middle and cut the squid into slices.
Recipe PhotoAdd the garlic ...
Recipe Photo... and the hot chilli paste.
Recipe PhotoAdd the salt and mix the whole lot together. Heat up some olive oil in a frying pan and add the squid. Fry the squid for no more than one minute (from frozen), less if the squid if fresh (45 seconds max). This is very important - if you fry the squid too long, it will get rubbery. As soon as the squid looks like in the photo on the left, it's time to take it out!
Recipe PhotoTo separate the squid from the liquid that has built up, tilt the frying pan first to one side so that the liquid and the squid collects there. Then tilt the pan back into the other direction - the liquid will collect there.
Recipe PhotoTake a spatula and take the squid out of the frying pan and onto a plate that you have covered with a couple of pieces of tissue - this will drain off the rest of the liquid. Let the squid cool down.
Recipe PhotoFinely chop the onion...
Recipe Photo... and the tomatoes. I'm using cocktail tomatoes here for looks and taste.
Recipe PhotoIf you can get hold of small mozzarella balls, use those and cut them in half.. If not, take a normal size mozzarella ball and cut into chunks. Add some salt and pepper.
Recipe PhotoPut the onion, tomatoes, mozzarella and squid into a salad bowl.
Recipe PhotoAdd the mixed green salad (lamb's lettuce, mizuna, lollo rosso and frisee - and yes, I've cheated and bought a mix from Waitrose) and the vinaigrette...
Recipe PhotoMix it all together and enjoy!