Saturday, September 8, 2012

Spinach Calamari Salad

On Thursday nights, we play in an adult rec kickball league.  I love, love, love our team.  I am not the most coordinated person in the world, and playing with my team has made me more confident in my very limited athletic abilities.  I even caught the game-ending kick at one game.  Granted, the ball hit my leg, and I just held the ball between my leg and my arm, it counts!  My awesome teams jumped up and down, ran to me, and gave me hugs and high-fives.

Our team name is Kick Balls in Your Mouth...yes, we're a classy group :)
After kickball, all the teams meet at a local bar for food and drinks (winners get free nachos and beer…woohoo!).  One of my favorite salads is their spinach calamari salad.  Right now, we’re between the summer and fall seasons, and I’ve been missing my team AND this salad.

I bought some oven-ready calamari at Costco several weeks ago, the CSA delivered us some fresh spinach.  Are you thinking what I’m thinking??  I hope so—time to recreate this awesome salad!

Calamari and Spinach Salad

¼ to ½ cup breaded calamari, cooked according to package instructions (yes, I cheated and bought this store bought)
1 cup spinach, washed and torn, if desired
1 carrot, julienned (Austin thought I was super fancy!)
1 cucumber, sliced and quartered
Sprinkling of low-fat mozzarella and parmesan cheese
Low-fat balsamic salad dressing

Layer spinach, carrot, cucumber, and cheese.  Top with calamari.  Serve with balsamic dressing


  1. Delicious! I love calamari, and I enjoy *watching* Ryan play team sports. I don't have enough faith in my athletic abilities...maybe I need to give it a try though!

  2. Both my favorite ingredients. I have never paired them together. Thanks for the idea.