Marinated Calamari & Fennel Salad (Woolworths Masterchef SA Series)
March 27, 2012 in Uncategorized
When Woolworths approached me to be one of their Masterchef SA bloggers, I was over-the-moon. Not only is Woolworths my first choice supermarket for groceries (and shoes, clothes, handbags…), they are also one of the best brands in South Africa (in my opinion). So being associated with them is just wonderful. And to do be blogging about Masterchef SA is the cherry on top! I just love the Masterchef franchise and if last week’s first episode was anything to go by, this is going to be a very exciting series! Go have a look at The Pantry on theWoolworths website to see all the recipes, ideas and tips.
As my first recipe for the Woolworths/Masterchef SA series, I decided to make a delicious marinated calamari and fennel salad as the contestants were asked to create cold dishes for the first round of auditions.
When you think of Summer you think of beaches, cocktails, sun-kissed skin and easy entertaining. That’s where this delicious salad comes in. Taking all of 20 minutes from prep to plate, this salad will not only wow your guests but also requires minimum effort from you.
I used 500g (17.64 ounces) of fresh Patagonian calamari from Woolworths (such a treat as they come in easy-to-use tub) and gave them a quick sear before adding them to fresh and zesty dressing along with the thinly sliced fennel.
I love serving the salad at room temperature as part of a tapas board but if you wanted to you could serve it on a bed of rocket or watercress with some grilled sourdough. And, of course, a glass of ice cold Chenin Blanc (or three)!