Marinated Smoked Dried Squid Salad
If you live in Japan, or have access to some of the more common Japanese snack foods, you have certainly seen– and probably eaten– some of the huge variety of dried squid products that are usually packaged in small quantities as a jerky-type snack to accompany alcoholic beverages. I’m a great lover of squid myself, especially since I live where it’s easy to buy for dinner squid that has been caught early that same morning. There’s nothing like fresh seafood…unless, of course, it’s dried and smoked, which is a whole ‘nuther taste experience. I am not a drinker, but I love dried squid, especially if it has been smoked. With minimal effort, it can be turned into something more substantial than snack food. I used smoked squid rings for the following main dish salad, for example. You can probably come up with more tasty ideas, so be sure to share them with me.
1 package smoked squid rings
1 red onion
2~4 Japanese cucumbers (thin, with minimal seeds)
olive oil, apple cider vinegar (to taste)
Peel the cucumbers, leaving some streaks of the green skin. Cut the cucumbers into thin diagonal slices. Remove the papery and tougher layers of the onion; cut the rest into thin rings or half-rings. Put cucumber slices, onion slices, and dried squid rings into a medium-sized bowl and toss with olive oil and vinegar. (The smoked squid will provide plenty of salt, so don’t add any at this stage.) Put contents of bowl in a plastic bag and marinate in the refrigerator for an hour or overnight. Serve in desired portions as is, or stir some mixed greens into it for a fuller main dish salad.
Add any other fresh veggies you like for added color, texture, and nutrition.
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