Foodie Friday: Italian Seafood Salad


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Italian Seafood Salad for Feast of the Seven Fishes {Insalata di Mar}



This week we are showcasing some seriously scrumptious seafood recipes! I make seafood a lot in my house, usually of the broiled variety with some version of spices.  I had planned on making something of the sort with a bit more of a creative flare.  When I mentioned this to my husband he exclaimed that HE had the perfect recipe and would love to make his grandmother’s Italian seafood salad! Who am I to argue if someone else wants to do all the dirty work? “Have at it!” I said :) 

Italian seafood salad aka insalata di mare is a medley of octopus, squid, shrimp and scungilli marinated in olive oil and lemon juice overnight and traditionally served on Christmas Eve for the Feast of the Seven Fishes.  

Italian Seafood Salad for Feast of the Seven Fishes {Insalata di Mar}



 Though our recreation of his grandmother’s recipe did not include scungilli (sea snail) since it is not readily available where we live, the rest of the ingredients are true to his grandmother’s original recipe and tasted exactly as he remembered growing up.Italian Seafood Salad for Feast of the Seven Fishes {Insalata di Mar}


Italian Seafood Salad
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  1. Defrost and dice fish then steam until soft (I used a rice cooker).
  2. In a mixing bowl combine fish, olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, then season to taste with salt, red pepper, and oregano.
  3. Refrigerate and let marinate 12 hours.
  4. Toss again before serving then plate and enjoy :)
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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply November 7, 2014

I"m not big on cold mixed salads, but I would LOVE this warm!
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    Reply November 7, 2014

    I think it would taste really good warm too! I am not sure why it is traditionally served cold/room temp. I need to look into that now, haha!

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply November 7, 2014

ooh my boys would like that!
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Reply November 7, 2014

LOVE seafood salads. Don't think I could do the cold octopus though: just a texture thing for me. The calamari and shrinp I could eat all day though! Looks delicious!
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    Reply November 7, 2014

    Thank you! I think octopus is definitely one of those foods that you have to eat growing up or it probably isn't that appetizing!

Reply November 7, 2014

I agree with Susie…I don't think I could eat this one cold. Looks delish though!!
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    Reply November 7, 2014

    I think it's definitely a cultural thing as far as the way it's prepared but it would taste just as yummy warm too :)

Reply November 7, 2014

Annmarie, you post the most beautiful recipes! I love that your food always looks so delicious!
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    Reply November 7, 2014

    Aw, thank you Emily! That's nice to hear... I do put a lot of time into it but I'm not always sure you can tell, haha!

Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
Reply November 7, 2014

I'm not big on seafood salads but this one looks really good!
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    Reply November 7, 2014

    Thank you! It is one of those things that I think people either love or hate! :P

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply November 7, 2014

Oh I love cold salads and I've never seen anything like this before! yummm!
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    Reply November 7, 2014

    You may be one of the few people I know who like cold salads too! :P

Montana Ross
Reply November 7, 2014

I've actually never had a seafood salad- and I live in Florida! Weird right? I don't know about the octopus...I'm a little squeamish. But I love calamari!! (Isn't that strange? They're pretty close, but I like one not the other)
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    Reply November 7, 2014

    Haha, you're not weird though if I lived in Florida I would #eatalltheseafood! You could totally leave the octopus out and it would taste just as good :)

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply November 7, 2014

I love seafood salads and this one looks great! Thanks for sharing your family with us!
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    Reply November 7, 2014

    Thank you! I hope you enjoy :) It was fun letting my hubby do the cooking ;)

Reply November 7, 2014

Now that is something I've never made!
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    Reply November 7, 2014

    From what I am hearing it is very culture specific and cold fish is an acquired taste, haha! It is good though :)

Amanda Remlinger (@Momwhotris)
Reply November 7, 2014

Looks good! However I have to admit I do like my calamari battered and friend (gahhh I know bad huh) but I have never tried it cold. I'm willing to try anything though!

    Reply November 8, 2014

    Fried calamari really is delicious so I can't blame you! If you're a fan of seafood though, I think you'd really enjoy this!

GiGi Eats
Reply November 8, 2014

THIS IS WHAT I eat almost every day for lunch however I cook it ;)
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    Reply November 8, 2014

    I need to try it warm, I bet it would taste fantastic!

Nicole @ Waterloo, with Love
Reply November 9, 2014

oh wow! I love this! -- there aren't that many occasion to use octopus!
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    Reply November 10, 2014

    I know, right? I don't think I have eaten it many other ways either!

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