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The octopus salad recipe


  • 600 g of octopus
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 200 g of cherry tomatoes cut into quarters
  • ½ tablespoon per serving of pitted black olives
  • 1 handful of finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • pepper
  • wholemeal bread for serving


  1. Place the bay leaf and the octopus in a large pan filled with cold water, bring it to the boil and then cook it slowly for about 30 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat and leave to cool for 30 minutes in the water to make the octopus more tender.
  3. Clean the tentacles a little roughly and cut them into small pieces.
  4. Place them in a bowl and add the finely chopped celery, tomatoes, olives and
  5. Season with oil and pepper and mix well to flavor all the ingredients.
  6. Serve the salad on a serving plate with a nice slice of toasted wholemeal bread.

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