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Spanish Grilled Octopus Salad Recipe [Ensalada de Pulpo]

The Spanish grilled octopus salad is one of the favorite recipes for all Andalusians to make during the summer or spring.

The combination of octopus and fresh vegetables is a must and once you try it you will not be able to erase it from your head.

If you want to learn how to cook octopus, and know different tips about the recipe then keep reading!

Spanish Grilled Octopus Salad Recipe
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Background of the Dish

Spanish grilled octopus recipe

The grilled octopus salad is one of those recipes whose origin is not very well known, mainly because it has been in Andalusian homes for decades.

In any case, it is known that this dish emerged as a summer alternative to the other Spanish octopus recipes, which are generally served warm or hot.

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Things You’ll Need for Spanish Grilled Octopus Salad

To make this octopus recipe you’ll only need basic kitchen tools and very easy-to-find ingredients.

As you’ll see later, you can do a lot of replacements in the ingredients of this octopus salad, so don’t worry if you can’t find one of them.

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (907 g) fresh octopus 
  • olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 8 olives

How to Make Spanish Grilled Octopus Salad – Step by Step Guide

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  1. For the first step on this grilled octopus recipe, you have to grab a large pot and place the octopus inside and cover it with enough water. Bring to a boil at medium to high heat and then continue boiling for 40 minutes.
  1. Then remove the octopus from the pot, rinse and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and add chopped garlic. Let it cool and rest at room temperature, for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  1. Up next preheat a gas grill to medium-high heat. In the meantime slice the octopus. Then grill for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove from heat and place in a bowl. You can also “grill” it in a saucepan for the same amount of time.
  1. Then drizzle some olive oil and add lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Set the octopus aside, you can leave it at room temperature or in the fridge.
  1. Now grab the vegetables listed, clean, peel, and chop them. Pour all of them in a bowl and add the octopus, you can season it as you like.
  1.  As an optional step, you can sprinkle oregano and parsley on top. You can also add more chopped olives on top if you like.

Substitution of Ingredients

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As well as other salad recipes, this Spanish grilled octopus salad offers hundreds of possible replacements that you can make.

The first substitution that you can make is using other types of vegetables, such as cucumber, lettuce, carrot, and more.

I always recommend using seasonal vegetables so you know that the flavor will be good. Besides that, if you aren’t a fan of octopus you can make an easy seafood salad.

The seafood salad recipe is really simple to make and it’s a great option if you can’t find octopus but you still want to feel the Andalusian flavors.

If you liked this recipe I encourage you to try other seafood and octopus recipes, such as Deep Fried Octopus, Fried Baby Squid, and Spanish Seafood Soup.

Tips on Serving Spanish Grilled Octopus Salad

Spanish octopus recipe

The Ensalada de pulpo can be served both as a main course or as an entree. All you have to do is change the amount that you serve since this is a pretty filling salad.

Now besides that, some people serve it warm, which means that they don’t take it to the fridge after cooking it.

You can let the Spanish salad at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving it. 

With this Spanish grilled octopus recipe, you can serve it warm or cold, it just depends on your taste. But I recommend you to eat it cold since it is really fresh.

As well as other Spanish octopus recipes, you can have it at lunch or at dinner and it’ll taste delicious.

If you want to elevate this dish then you can add some shredded parmesan cheese on top.

How to Store Spanish Grilled Octopus Salad

How to Store Spanish Grilled Octopus Salad

When it comes to storing this dish, there are some things that you have to keep in mind. At first, you can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days without any problem.

Now obviously if you’re thinking about freezing it, then you know that you can’t freeze the vegetables. But the good part is that you can freeze the octopus!

There is no problem with freezing the octopus after cooking. The meat does not harden or lose flavor.

So you can make this Spanish octopus recipe, freeze it in portions, and then unfreeze some for this Spanish salad recipe.

Recipe Card: Spanish Grilled Octopus Salad

Yield: 4

Spanish Grilled Octopus Salad

octopus salad recipe

The Spanish grilled octopus salad is one of the favorite recipes for all Andalusians to make during the summer or spring.

The combination of octopus and fresh vegetables is a must and once you try it you will not be able to erase it from your head.

If you want to learn how to cook octopus, and know different tips about the recipe then keep reading!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (907 g) fresh octopus
  • olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 8 olives

Instructions

  1. In a pot place the octopus and cover with enough water. At medium heat bring to a boil. and then continue boiling for 40 minutes.
  2. Remove the octopus from the pot, rinse and place in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and add chopped garlic. Let it cool and rest at room temperature, for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Preheat a gas grill to medium-high heat. After that, slice the octopus and grill for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove from heat and place in a bowl. You can also "grill" it in a saucepan for the same amount of time.
  4. Then drizzle some olive oil and add lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside, you can leave it at room temperature or in the fridge.
  5. Now grab the vegetables listed, clean, peel, and chop them. Pour all of them in a bowl and add the octopus, you can season it as you like. 
  6. As an optional step, you can sprinkle oregano and parsley on top.

Notes

Some stores sell pre-cooked octopus, which is basically octopus that was already boiled.

You can use that one and just grill it for the same amount of time, if it is a good quality octopus then it'll taste just as great.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 310Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 124mgSodium 826mgCarbohydrates 8.6gFiber 0.8gSugar 0.9gProtein 39g

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Short FAQ about Spanish grilled Octopus Salad

How to make octopus salad?

As you can see in the octopus salad recipe, it is really easy to make! But the main steps are cooking the octopus and preparing the vegetables that you want to include in the salad.

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