Barbecued squid salad

Barbecued squid salad

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 5 mins plus marinating


Serves 6
Marinating squid before sizzling it on the barbecue or griddle gives it a flavour boost. Accompany with a salad of mango, avocado and black beans

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal374
  • fat21g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre7g
  • protein26g
  • salt0.4g
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    For the squid

    • 800g fresh prepared squid



      From the same family as the octopus and cuttlefish, squid may look jellyish and unappetising but…

    • zest 3 limes (reserve the juice for the salad, and wedges, to serve)



      The same shape, but smaller than…

    • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 garlic cloves, smashed flat
    • 1½ tsp mixed peppercorn, crushed

    For the salad

    • 1 large red onion, finely sliced
    • 1 large mango, cut into small chunks
    • 1 large red chilli, finely shredded (deseeded if you don't like it too hot)
    • 400g can black bean, well rinsed then patted dry
    • 3 ripe avocados



      Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

    • small pack coriander, leaves only, torn
    • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling


    1. Heat the barbecue. Meanwhile, marinate the squid for at least 30 mins, or up to 4 hrs. First, slash the squid tubes all over at 5mm-1cm intervals on each side, cutting through most of the flesh but leaving the sides intact. If there are any particularly large tubes, cut them in half width-ways. Put into a non-metallic bowl with the other squid ingredients and leave to marinate.

    2. For the salad, toss the onion, mango and chilli with the lime juice (from the limes used for the squid) and a pinch of salt and leave for at least 10 mins, or until the onion turns pink. Add the beans to one side of the bowl.

    3. Halve, stone and scoop the avocado into the salad bowl, then add plenty of seasoning and season the squid with sea salt.

    4. When the barbecue is ready, barbecue the squid tubes and tentacles for no more than 11⁄2 mins in total – the flesh should just change from greyish to opaque and shrink up into a spiral shape where you’ve made your cuts. Toss the salad ingredients together very roughly, pile onto a platter and top with the hot squid and coriander. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve with lime wedges on the side.

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    20th Jul, 2017
    Full of flavour, very refreshing on a summer evening. The bbq coals need to be really hot, though, we left it too late, and had to finish it under the grill. Luckily the smoky bbq flavour still came through.
    13th May, 2015
    I didn't use the black beans as I'm not keen on them, but a lovely salad and will make again. I might add some puy lentils next time
    20th Jul, 2014
    Very easy to do and delicious. A nice light summer dish. We used 1/3 quantities for 2 of us and griddled the squid instead of using the BBQ.
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