Salad of calamari, jamon and curly endive and goat’s cheese

Karen Martini
Calamari salad with jamon, curly endive and goat cheese.
Calamari salad with jamon, curly endive and goat cheese. 

A barbecued seafood salad to share from Karen Martini, owner Mr Wolf.


3 medium calamari

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 teaspoon celery seeds

1 chilli, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

120 ml extra virgin olive oil

1 bunch curly endives or frisee, washed and chopped

8 slices jamon

20 yellow celery leaves

100 grams goat’s curd

30ml sherry vinegar, or other wine vinegar

Juice of 1 lemon


Clean the squid. Cut the legs off two by two, so you’re left with pairs of legs. Leave the flaps attached to the hood tube and carefully cut through the upper side of the tube to create thin semicircles, leaving the underside of the hood intact. I like to call this the concertina effect. Lightly toast the cumin and fennel seeds in a dry pan to enhance the spice flavours. Allow to cool then place in a mortar and pestle with the celery seeds and grind to a rough powder. Add the chilli and salt and pepper to taste, then stir in the olive oil.

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook the endives for 3 minutes, until tender, then drain. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out as much of the water as you can. You’ll be left with a little ball of greens; chop it roughly. Spoon half the cumin dressing over the chopped endives and mix through.

Heat a grill pan or barbecue and grill the calamari tube and legs. Cut the cooked tube into 3 or 4 pieces. To plate the dish, lay the jamon slices across a platter and scatter the dressed endives over the top. Next, arrange the calamari and celery leaves, then dot on the goat’s curd. Stir the sherry vinegar and lemon juice through the cumin oil, then spoon this dressing over the platter just before serving.