Calamari with Orange and Lemon Zest Dressing

Bring an international flavour to your next braai


The protein

According to Professor Faye M Dong of the University of Washington, calamari is an excellent source of copper, an essential dietary mineral that helps to form haemoglobin and collagen, and assists in reactions that lead to the release of energy by the body.

The line-up

● 400g calamari tubes
● Juice and zest of 2 lemons and 2 limes
● ½ cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil
● 6 bay leaves
● Salt and pepper to taste

The game plan

Rinse and pat dry the calamari tubes, and place in
a bowl with the bay leaves, lemon and lime juice and olive oil. Marinate for at least 30 minutes. Thread five or six tubes onto each skewer. Grill over a fierce heat for five to seven minutes, basting with the dressing. Make extra marinade for the watermelon salad.


Peel four large, juicy oranges and slice into 1cm pieces. Take a quarter of a large watermelon, slice into triangles and remove the seeds. Pour over the extra dressing used to marinate the calamari and chill.