Easy Italian Seafood Salad


This seafood salad recipe is absolutely delicious! Poached seafood in a zesty lemon marinade is an easy, healthy appetizer or protein-packed lunch.


For the poaching liquid

  • 8 cups water
  • 2 lemons sliced
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves sliced
  • 2 tsp salt

For the seafood

  • 500 g (1lb) shrimp
  • 500 g (1lb) mussels
  • 250 g (½lb) calamari and baby squid
  • ½ cup celery finely chopped
  • ½ red onion finely chopped

For the dressing

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp pepper


  • Combine all the poaching ingredients in a large pot set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the calamari and squid heads and allow to poach for a minute or two until just cooked. Drain with a slotted spoon and add to a large bowl.
  • Add the shrimp and mussels then turn off the heat and allow to poach for 4-5 minutes until just cooked.
  • Drain with a slotted spoon and add to the bowl with the calamari. 
  • In a separate bowl, mix together all the dressing ingredients.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. I like to make the dressing a little too acidic and too salty to make sure the seafood is well-seasoned.
  • Pour the dressing over the seafood then add the finely chopped celery and red onion.
  • Stir to combine then allow to marinate for 30 minutes then serve.


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 1804mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 381IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 3mg

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