Spicy Octopus Pepper Salad

The spicy Octopus Pepper Salad is one of the most common and simple Greek salads one can find in seafood restaurants and taverns all over Greece. Octopus dishes, including salads, are on a little bit expensive side but eating fresh octopus is a treat to your taste buds so why not pampering yourself from time to time?

Greeks often make the octopus salads at home since it’s available all year long – either at the open markets or in the frozen section of supermarkets. Variations of salads with octopus are numerous, and this one, with spicy pickled peppers and olives is definitely one of the most common ones to be found in taverns.

Octopus – Pepper Salad Recipe

octopus pepper salad

  • Octopus, boiled
  • Pickled Peppers
  • Olives
  • Dry oregano
  • Olive Oil
  • Vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

The whole wisdom in making the Octopus-Pepper Salad recipe is, as in any dish made of fresh octopus, to clean it and boil it properly so that you get rid of the slime, smell and ink of this sea creature.

So, place the octopus in the pot and put it on the stove. A little secret here: if you want your octopus to be soft you have to let it boil in its own water, without adding fresh water from the beginning. When heated, the octopus will start letting some of its own fluids coming out and it will start boiling in them. Once this first water is almost over, you should add some pre-boiled water. This way, your octopus will be soft but not sluggish.

When it’s done, cut the octopus in pieces and add the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and dry oregano to coat all pieces. Add the pickled peppers and olives, and your salad is ready. You can accompany it with white wine, dry favorably, or ouzo.

Greek names of the ingredients of the recipe for Octopus salad

  • olive oil = elaiolado, ελαιόλαδο
  • salt = alati, αλάτι
  • oregano= rigani, ρίγανη
  • pickled pepper: piperia toursi, πιπεριά τουρσί
  • octopus= htapodi, χταπόδι
  • Vinegar: ksidi, ξύδι
  • Olives: elies, ελιές
  • Pepper: piperi, πιπέρι
  • Octopus, boiled
  • Pickled Peppers
  • Olives

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