Recipe courtesy of Fresco by Scotto Restaurant

Marinated Seafood Salad

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Yield: 6 to 10 servings
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2 cups white wine

1 1/2 tablespoons black peppercorns

3 garlic cloves

2 bay leaves

3 quarts water

1 lemon, juiced

2 pounds octopus (will shrink by 1/2 when cooked)

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined

1 pound calamari, cleaned and cut into rings

1 pound lump crabmeat

1/2 cup julienned carrots

1/2 cup julienned onions

1/2 cup julienned celery

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup chopped garlic

1/2 cup chopped parsley leaves

1 cup orange segments

2 cups orange juice

Salt and pepper

Olive oil


  1. In a large pot place white wine, peppercorns, garlic cloves, bay leaves, water, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and then lower the temperature to a simmer. Add the octopus and let simmer for 45 minutes, or until tender. Remove from the heat and let the octopus cool in the liquid; this can be done 2 days in advance. Remove the octopus from the liquid, cover and refrigerate. Cook the shrimp and calamari together in the same liquid for 3 minutes, and then let them cool in the liquid. Remove the shrimp and calamari, cover and refrigerate.
  2. Using the same water, parboil the carrots, onions, and celery for 1 minute. Drain and cool the vegetables.
  3. Remove the soft purple skin and suckers from the octopus. Marinate it for 1 hour in extra-virgin olive oil, chopped garlic, and parsley.
  4. Preheat the grill.
  5. On a hot grill, cook octopus for 10 minutes, or until tender. Cut it into 1/4-inch pieces. Mix the seafood, vegetables, orange segments and orange juice in a large bowl and marinate then for at least 12 hours before serving. Add salt, pepper, and olive oil to taste.