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Thai Squid Salad with Spicy Lime Dressing

Thai Squid Salad with Spicy Lime Dressing by SeasonWithSpice.com

A salad should be fun to eat. Light & fresh with fruits & veggies and spices & herbs, and a zesty, citrus dressing.  The kind of salad you can find in Thailand or Vietnam, along the beach on a lazy, humid afternoon.  Not an appetizer – more like a snack to go with a cool beer.  A seafood salad with grilled prawns or blanched squid. 

Yeah, a Thai Squid Salad with Spicy Ginger-Lime Dressing. 

ginger lime dressing recipe

For this squid salad, first pick a fruit – green mango, papaya, or pomelo.  A few of the tropical fruits commonly added to Thai and Vietnamese squid salads.  But if you don’t have one of them in the kitchen, just shred a tart green apple instead, like I did for this recipe.  Then toss in veggies like lettuce, cucumber, onion, and a handful of juicy cherry tomatoes.

Chop up some fresh herbs & spices to brighten the flavors, such as lemongrass, cilantro, kaffir lime leaves, and green or red chili peppers.  Blanch the squid pieces – or grill them – and mix into the salad.  Finally, top with cilantro and crushed peanuts, and drizzle with the spicy ginger-lime dressing.

Then sit down and relax with your feet up on a chair, and enjoy every bite of this healthy, flavorful, tropical, Thai squid salad.

Thai Squid Salad with Spicy Lime Dressing by SeasonWithSpice.com

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Thai Squid Salad with Spicy Ginger-Lime Dressing
by Season with Spice 

300g of squid – cut into rings
5 cups water
1 small green apple - shredded thinly
Half a yellow onion – cut into thin rings or chopped roughly
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes – halved
1 stalk lemongrass – white bulbous part, chopped finely
2 kaffir lime leaves (1 leaf = 2 segments) – sliced thinly
1 cup lettuce - shredded
1 fresh green chili or red chili - sliced
2 Thai bird’s eye chilies (optional) – sliced
Fresh cilantro leaves
1-2 tbsp roasted peanuts – crushed

Spicy Ginger-Lime Dressing: 
1/4 cup lime juice or lemon juice
1 tsp freshly grated ginger (preferably young ginger)
2 tsp fish sauce, or pinch of salt to taste
2 tsp raw sugar
Generous dash of ground black pepper

1. Combine the ingredients for the ginger-lime dressing, then set aside.
2. Prepare the fruit, vegetables, and spices & herbs, and arrange the salad on a plate.
3. In a pot, bring the water to a boil, then drop in the squid for a quick blanch. Be careful not to overcook the squid as you do not want tough and rubbery squid. It should take just about 30 seconds or until the squid flesh turns opaque and curls up slightly. Remove the squid from the boiling water, and run under cold water to stop them from cooking.
4. Add the blanched squid to the salad. Drizzle in the ginger-lime dressing, then lightly toss everything together. Garnish with cilantro and crushed peanuts.

Thai Squid Salad with Spicy Lime Dressing by SeasonWithSpice.com


BiteMyCake said...

seafood-any time :) great recipe!

Victoria at Flavors of the Sun said...

I can almost taste how fresh and light this dish must be with the kaffir lime leaves, apple, and lemongrass. Looks wonderful!

mjskit said...

When we eat Thai, we usually order the spicy squid salad. It's excellent but is quite different from this. It's more just the squid, herbs and dressing. I love the way yours is a real salad - apples, lettuce and all the wonderful herbs and spices! This recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you for sharing!

Krasi_mm said...

Oh, delicious! I love salad of letucce and apples! I'll try it!
Thank you!

Nami said...

I love squid! This salad looks refreshing and delicious - especially lime in the dressing! I made Thai food this weekend too. This salad would have gone well with that... :-) Looks yum!

Season with Spice said...

Thanks MJ!

Season with Spice said...

You'll enjoy it, Krasi!

avocadopesto.wordpress.com said...

This sounds like an awesome refreshing salad full of flavor! I have always been intimidated by cooking squid but I think it's about time I finally give it a shot!

Season with Spice said...

I'll give you full-on encouragement to give squid a shot!:) It's a bit of work when comes to cleaning, but once you get the work done in advance, cooking squid is really easy. The great thing is there are so many ways to enjoy squid too. Just remember not to overcook it. Enjoy!

Ca4ole said...

I was wondering if you would like to put up a link to this fish/seafood recipe in my Food on Friday Series. Your recipe just looks wonderful.

Ca4ole said...

Great recipe. Would you be happy to put up a link to it in my Food on Friday – Asian Food Series.

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