Calamari, Kale & Kalamata Olive Salad

Calamari, kale and kalamata olives make up this simple salad that is packed with nutrition and flavor! Perfect for the summer grilling season, too!


  • 1lb of cleaned calamari, sliced into inch long pieces
  • 8 packed cups of baby kale, chopped roughly
  • 1 shallot, sliced finely
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon, divided
  • Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tbl extra virgin olive oil, divided


  1. Marinate the calamari: in a bowl, toss the sliced calamari in 2 tbl olive oil and half the lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Make the salad: in a large salad bowl toss the baby kale, shallot, Kalamata olives, fresh cilantro and 1/4 cup olive oil. Use your hands to work the oil & lemon juice into the kale. Set aside.
  3. Heat a skillet to medium high. When hot, tip the calamari, along with the olive oil & lemon juice marinade, into the pan. It should sizzle. Cook for approximately 4 – 5 minutes, until the calamari is slightly curled at the edges and is beginning to take on a little color. The marinade should have thickened to the point that it is now coating the calamari.
  4. Top the kale salad with the calamari and serve; this looks fantastic set out on a platter for guests to help themselves.