Portuguese octopus salad

Portuguese octopus salad

This salad is a typical dish from the Iberian peninsula where it can be found in any tavern or bar. We made it Portuguese-style by adding cilantro. This dish is the perfect simple and refreshing low-carb appetizer that is ideal to share with friends on a warm summer night.

Portuguese octopus salad

This salad is a typical dish from the Iberian peninsula where it can be found in any tavern or bar. We made it Portuguese-style by adding cilantro. This dish is the perfect simple and refreshing low-carb appetizer that is ideal to share with friends on a warm summer night.
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2 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 7 oz. 200 g cooked octopus
  • ½ (¼ oz.) ½ (7.5 g) scallion, choppedscallions, chopped
  • ½ (2½ oz.) ½ (70 g) green bell pepper, choppedgreen bell peppers, chopped
  • ½ (2½ oz.) ½ (70 g) red bell pepper, choppedred bell peppers, chopped
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup (¼ oz.) 120 ml (8 g) fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
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Instructions

Instructions are for 2 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Cut the octopus in about 0.5 inch (1 cm) slices and prep the vegetables.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a salad bowl or a tray and add the oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix the ingredients.
  3. Chop the cilantro and sprinkle it over the salad. Cool in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Storage

This salad can be kept for a couple of days in the fridge in an airtight container as long as it has not been seasoned with the dressing.

How to cook the octopus

If you prefer to cook the octopus yourself, you can do it in the following way:

Clean the octopus by first removing the guts . To do this, turn the head upside down and remove the insides and the beak with the help of scissors. Follow by rinsing each leg thoroughly with cold water.

Bring a large pot to a boil. Once boiling, take the octopus by the head, submerge the legs for about 4 seconds, then remove them. Repeat this three or four times to "scare" the octopus so that the skin does not come off during cooking.

Once the octopus has been "scared", immerse it completely in the water and cover. Leave to cook for about 15 minutes per kilo of weight. Check that it is tender enough by pricking the base of one of the legs with a skewer or toothpick. It should go in without resistance.

Once ready, remove from the water and proceed as indicated in the recipe.

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